The stars of hit prison drama Orange Is The New Black have apologised to Monica Lewinsky over an onscreen joke about the former White House intern. The gag featured a crude reference to her affair with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and Lewinsky, who is a big fan of the show, revealed how it upset her in a new column for Vanity Fair magazine.
She writes, "I did what I usually do in these situations where the culture throws me a shard of my former self. After the cringing embarrassment, the whiff of shame, and the sense that I am no longer an agent running my own life, I shuddered, I got up off the sofa, and I turned it off."
Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling has now said sorry for the jibe, telling E! Online, "I apologise, Monica Lewinsky, for the show - honestly. If you were offended, nobody wants to offend anyone."
Kate Mulgrew, who also appears in the series, adds, "I think if you've been subject to everything that she's been subjected to, you'd be sensitive about that, too."
Rob Lowe once had a bizarre mid-air run-in with Monica Lewinsky while he was preparing to shoot White House-based drama The West Wing.
The Hollywood hunk was scanning scripts during a flight before filming the pilot episode for the show, in which he played Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn, when he realised then-President Bill Clinton's infamous intern-turned-lover was a fellow passenger.
He took the chance to tell Lewinsky that a show focusing on the White House was heading to TV, and insisted her fling with the Commander in Chief would not be referenced in the series.
In new U.S. nostalgia TV show, The '90s: The Last Great Decade?, he says, "I think two or three days before we filmed The West Wing pilot, I was reading the script and studying my lines on a plane. And I got the feeling of someone watching you - you know how that can be? - and I looked up across the aisle, and it was Monica Lewinsky."
"I had this moment, I thought, 'You know what? I gotta say this to her. And I said, 'Listen, I just want you to know something. I'm about to do a show called The West Wing. It's about the presidency. I think people are going to pay a lot of attention to it. And I just want you to know we're not doing anything about... you know, so you don't need to worry.'"
The show first aired in 1999, a year after their affair led to Clinton's impeachment in 1998. He was later cleared.
Infamous White House intern Monica Lewinsky has lightheartedly reprimanded Beyonce for an incorrect lyric in her sexy song Partition in a new magazine piece.
Opening up about her affair with former U.S. leader Bill Clinton in the new issue of Vanity Fair, Lewinsky pokes fun at the R&B singer over the line "He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse/He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown".
She corrects the singer, suggesting she should have used a better verb, stating, "Thanks, Beyonce, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant 'Bill Clinton’d all on my gown', not 'Monica Lewinsky’d.'"
The song lyrics and Lewinsky's correction refers to the act of ejaculating on a woman's dress. Lewinsky's blue dress with Clinton's semen stain on it was used against the former President as evidence of his affair with the intern.
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is back in the news after breaking almost a decade of silence to offer up her thoughts about the scandal that ended U.S. leader Bill Clinton's presidency in the new issue of Vanity Fair. In the candid new article, Lewinsky, who is now 40, insists it's time to stop "tiptoeing around my past" after becoming the girl who romanced the President.
Their affair led to Clinton's impeachment in 1998 and turned Lewinsky into a figure of fun.
She writes, "I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I've decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past. (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)"
Lewinski regrets becoming Clinton's mistress, but she insists she wasn't doing anything illegal when she briefly romanced the leader, adding, "Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: It was a consensual relationship. Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position.
"The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor's minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck... I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton."
And the former intern reveals she was inspired to write the piece for Vanity Fair by gay student Tyler Clementi, whose tormentors prompted him to commit suicide in 2010.
She admits the tragic story brought back awful memories for her mother, who feared her daughter would take her own life at the height of the Clinton scandal.
Lewinsky adds, "She was reliving 1998, when she wouldn't let me out of her sight. She was replaying those weeks when she stayed by my bed, night after night, because I, too, was suicidal. The shame, the scorn, and the fear that had been thrown at her daughter left her afraid that I would take my own life - a fear that I would be literally humiliated to death.
"Perhaps by sharing my story, I reasoned, I might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. The question became: 'How do I find and give a purpose to my past?'"
British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley has called in her lawyers to deal with allegations suggesting she romanced former U.S. President Bill Clinton. The Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery beauty hit the headlines on Wednesday (05Feb14) after editors at gossip blog RadarOnline.com published shocking claims suggesting Hurley had been engaged in a year-long affair with the world leader in the late 1990s.
The 48 year old, who had been dating actor Hugh Grant for 13 years until their split in 2000, has blasted the report, and revealed her intentions to sue.
Taking to her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Ludicrously silly stories about me & Bill Clinton. Totally untrue. In the hands of my lawyers. Yawn".
Representatives for Clinton, who famously engaged in a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, have yet to comment on the latest controversy, sparked by actor Tom Sizemore, who claimed he helped set Clinton and Hurley up on a date at the White House in a taped interview, obtained by editors at U.S. tabloid the Globe.
Richard Cartwright/ABCOn October third the highly anticipated third season of Scandal will begin, and fans of the show (AKA Gladiators) will most likely be unreachable in case of an emergency. If you don’t know what a Gladiator is – or why a group of people would call themselves that based on a fictional television series created by Shonda Rhimes – then your existence is truly an anomaly right now. Olivia Pope, the white hat, Gladiators, Olitz—everyone. These are terms that you need to know. And if you don’t, please get thee to Netflix, Hulu, BET or ABC immediately so you can get caught up. It’s fine. We’ll wait.
Scandal is one of those rare shows that had a good first season, followed by a mind-blowingly brilliant second season that finally got it the critical attention it deserved. The ABC drama is set in Washington D.C., and was originally inspired by real-life crisis manager Judy Smith. This woman was Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer back when... well... Monica Lewinsky seriously needed a lawyer, and her story makes for must-watch television.
With Emmy nominations for its lead actress (the incomparable Kerry Washington) as well as some of the minor characters, it’s clear that everyone who has anything to do with the show is pulling their own weight. Now that the Daddy issues are coming into play, and the government scandals are heating up, we can all sit back and enjoy another amazing season.
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Just when New Yorkers thought the Anthony Weiner scandal couldn't get any funnier (ahem… Carlos Danger), we were graced with the lovely photos from Weiner's partner in crime Sydney Leathers' bikini shoot with the NY post. Well aware that she is not a model, it's clear that Leathers' ambitions go beyond a Sports Illustrated cover spread. She obviously wants to get the most out of her 15 minutes of fame.
Have no fear, Ms. Leathers, we're here to put our expertise to work and steer you in the direction of a full-blown career — with a little help from a few ladies who managed to turn their sex scandals into careers in Hollywood.
1) Become ApoliticalWe understand that you describe yourself as a "Field Organizer for Obama for America/Student/Political News Junkie/Wanna-be Political Satirist/Progressive Stuck in a Conservative Hell." But from now on, you have no political opinions. Your endorsements mean nothing and neither does your campaigning. You can't blow the whistle on the same man with whom you... sexted. Own it with grace and move on. Ditch whatever political aspirations you thought you had. The only political thoughts you should have are the ones you share in the privacy of the voting booth.
2) When One Door Closes, Look for An Open OneSo what if everyone in Washington can't stand you? That's usually a sign that Hollywood will welcome you with open arms. Your career role model should be Kim Kardashian, not Monica Lewinsky. You want people to actually have to google how you became famous, not be forever synonymous with a man who has Weiner for a last name. In order to do that you're going to have to change your point of view. Drop the "Sexy Sydney" act. It's not working. Get out of the Midwest and move to L.A. where this scandal will pale in comparison to everyone else's.
3) Get PickyDuring this 15-minute whirlwind, you will be approached by many people who will try to exploit you. Choose your path wisely! This would be the perfect moment to rediscover any talents or hobbies you have. There is no way your childhood dreams included milking sugar daddies for cash and getting entangled with a politician. You don't have any talents? No worries, they're not really necessary. Start a funny blog or joke advice column, maybe seek employment at TMZ. Whatever you do, don't make a sex tape or agree to work for a porn site — that only works for Paris Hilton.
4) Turn Over A New LeafSeize this opportunity to get a stylist. Snookie and JWoww's stylists have done miracles. Hire a publicist and get to work fine-tuning your public persona. Don't believe in committed relationships? You're now a serial dater looking for Mr. Right. Not health conscious? Say hello to being vegan and gluten free. Not religious? Jesus came to you in a dream last night and now you're a born again Christian. (The God card works every time — just ask every professional athlete.)
Times are tough, but we're rooting for you (or we're just sick of writing about the Kardashians).
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It takes a lot of cojones (or maybe just complete stupidity) to make the same mistake twice. But that's just what New York mayoral candidate and former congressman Anthony Weiner managed to do when he got caught up in yet another sex scandal. In keeping with tradition, the newest issue of The New Yorker features a clever cartoon cover (say that three times fast) mocking this latest piece of news from the nefarious world of politics.
In the illustration for the August 5 issue, we see Anthony Weiner à la King Kong, straddling a strategically placed Empire State Building, but with a slightly, shall we say, risqué twist. As you've probably noticed, Weiner's scandal lends itself to countless parodies, late-night talk show jokes, and other sorts of fodder for hilarity. (Seriously, his name is Weiner.) But the barrage of media attention and comedic content inspired by his sexual indiscretions is nothing new or unusual. Rather, Weiner's scandal is just the latest in the slew of politicians' sordid affairs that have sparked full-on laugh riots in the comedy world. From fake campaign commercials to parody songs to just straight-up hilarious commentary, these are some of our favorite reactions to political sex scandals.
John EdwardsNorth Carolina Democrat John Edwards was once a state senator, nominee for Vice President, and candidate for President of the United States. But his political ambitions were dashed when news broke that he had fathered an illegimate child with his mistress and former campaign worker Rielle Hunter. The scandal, which caused a national outrage, also inspired an abundance of humorous parodies, including several Saturday Night Live sketches. And we can't forget MadTV's "Viva La Cheata," a musical parody of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" starring Jerry O'Connell as Edwards.
Herman CainPresidential candidate hopeful Herman Cain was a frontrunner for the Republican Party nomination in 2011, but he was forced to suspend his campaign when four women sued him for sexual harrassment and misconduct. When the fourth season of Arrested Development premiered on Netflix this summer, fans were introduced to a new character named Herbert Love. Mr. Love, a bizarre conservative politician who has an affair with Lindsay Bluth Fünke, is an unmistakable caricature of Herman Cain. If you have a Netflix account, check out his role in the latter half of Season 4. And if you don't, change that.
Mark SanfordWhen South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford went missing for a few days in 2009, it didn't take too much investigative reporting to discover that the married politician was visiting his mistress in Argentina. On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart had a few hilarious choice words about the scandal, calling Sanford "just another politician with a conservative mind and a liberal penis."
Bill ClintonNothing epitomizes the political sex scandal quite like President Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky affair. There are too many jokes, songs, commentaries, and parodies to count, but one of our favorite takes on the scandal is Billy Bob Thornton's sleazy, womanizing American president character in Love Actually. Also, when the creators of baracksdubs decided to put together a presidential version of Robin Thicke's suggestive "Blurred Lines," there was no better fit than good ol' Bubba Clinton.
Eliot SpitzerIn 2008, New York governor Eliot Spitzer made headlines and was forced to resign when The New York Times reported that he had been a patron of a high-priced prostitution service called Emperors Club VIP. In all legal proceedings, Spitzer was referred to as Client #9, a moniker that inspired a musical parody of the scandal, set to the melody of Love Potion No. 9. Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler also had some hilariously incredulous commentary on the subject in their signature "Really!?!" segment.
Arnold SchwarzeneggerCalifornia governor and Kennedy husband Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed to have it all. That is, until it was revealed that he had an illegitimate child with one of his longtime household employees. The Governator's scandal prompted yet another brilliant "Really!?!" sketch (unfortunately sans Amy Poehler)
David VitterWhen Louisiana senator David Vitter was identified as a client of the the "D.C. Madam" prostitution service, he did not face criminal charges because of the statute of limiations. The Republican congressman did however face a wave of mockery from the press and public alike. Funny Or Die put together a fake campaign commercial with video footage of Vitter accompanied by captions like "David Vitter has a diaper fetish."
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Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky's black negligee and notes to a former lover are up for auction on a Santa Monica, California company's website. Bosses at Nate D. Sanders Auctions have placed 32 lots under the hammer after taking charge of the Lewinsky collection recently.
Auction manager Laura Yntema tells NBC News that the items were handed over by the ex-wife of Lewinsky's former lover and high school teacher Andy Bleiler, adding that many of the keepsakes were submitted to special prosecutor Kenneth Starr during his investigation into Clinton's affair with his intern during the late 1990s. The scandal led to the President's impeachment.
According to the auction house's website, the items were sent to the Bleiler family after Starr completed his investigation.
The collection is expected to fetch between $25,000 (£16,000) and $50,000 (£32,000).