Magazine apologizes for tossing Monica Lewinsky off guest list for Bill Clinton

Town & Country magazine has apologized for uninviting Monica Lewinsky from its event—because former President Bill Clinton had also accepted an invitation.

On Wednesday, Lewinsky tweeted a note requesting that the world not “invite me to an event ([especially] one about social change) and—then after I’ve accepted—uninvite me because Bill Clinton then decided to attend/was invited.”

“It’s 2018,” she went on. “Emily Post would [definitely] not approve.”

She signed the tweet with a peace sign emoji, leaving out specific details of the event, including its host.

In a second tweet, however, Lewinsky revealed that the invitation came from a company with a magazine, writing that it had tried to “ameliorate the situation by insulting me with an offer of an article.”

Her tweets were vague enough, but happened to be posted on the same day as the Town & Country 2018 Philanthropic Summit at the Hearst Tower in New York, according to the Cut, at which Clinton was in attendance.

Lewinsky’s rescinded invitation wasn’t just a snub, however, nor were her tweets a petty overreaction to be dismissed. By uninviting the former White House intern over the presence of the man who abused his power as the leader of the free world in order to have an imbalanced relationship with her, Town & Country solidified that even in present times, abusive men will always retain their power and be forgiven, while mistreated women will be left in shame.

Several people came to Lewinksy’s defense, instead shaming the magazine for having uninvited her.

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On Wednesday evening, Clinton’s press secretary Angel Unreña tweeted that Clinton was unaware of Lewinsky having been invited, then uninvited.

The magazine responded to its nixing Lewinsky over Clinton by writing a notedly vague, one-sentence apology on Twitter.

“We apologize to Ms. Lewinsky and regret the way the situation was handled,” the statement reads.

But the publication is apologizing for what exactly? For prioritizing a man who abused his power over the person who suffered his abuse? For not rescinding the invitation with a gift basket instead of a magazine story offer? Who’s to say.

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.