Monica Lewinsky Gives Props to Jay-Z for Talking About Cheating Allegations on ‘4:44′ Album
JAY-Z's new 4:44 album is full of important messages that his fans have been working hard to dissect and break down. While many have shared their candid thoughts on him addressing his alleged infidelities, Monica Lewinsky is commending the "Smile" rapper on his confessional content matter.
Penning a new essay for Vanity Fair, the former White House intern, who famously engaged in sexual relations with former President Bill Clinton during his term, gives props to the veteran Brooklyn MC for addressing the infidelities that were implied on Beyoncé's Lemonade album.
“Jay-Z had a choice,” Lewinsky writes. “Having been called out publicly by his wife in her fierce 2016 album and video, Lemonade, Jay-Z knew that his fans wouldn’t have blinked if his next album skimmed past the allegations. That’s not uncommon for men to do. And it’s not as if we hadn’t seen Beyoncé and Jay-Z out in the world together since then — not to mention, welcoming their twins to planet Earth. Jay-Z could have ignored it all. But, instead, he chose a path of candor that will… move the conversation forward and help others.”
She also elaborates on why it is important for a man of power, such as Hov, to admit his infidelities in a world that is wrestling with gender roles.
“It is a refreshing and bracing antidote to see male icons convey vulnerability in an age when Washington’s new power elite and our coarsening culture are busy projecting an outmoded caricature of manhood, 24/7,” she continued. “As we wrestle with gender roles and relationships between the sexes — and see issues of sexism running rampant from the tech world to politics — it’s heartening to see a crack in the implicit contract among men, their emotions, and society at large."
Read Monica Lewinsky's full essay for Vanity Fair to see her also discuss Prince Harry and Brad Pitt as well.
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