Monica Lewinsky was disinvited from a charity event after Bill Clinton confirmed his attendance to it. Lewinsky invitation to this year’s Philanthropy Summit held Town & Country by was withdrawn after she had accepted to participate.
“Dear world: please don’t invite me to an event (esp one about social change) and ―then after I’ve accepted― uninvite me because Bill Clinton then decided to attend/was invited. It’s 2018.” tweeted the former White House employee.
President Clinton attended the Philanthropy Summit, introducing gun control advocate and survivor of the Parkland mass shooting Emma Gonzalez. A spokesperson for the 42nd US President said that Clinton was unaware that the event organisers had also extended an invitation to Monica Lewinsky, neither was he informed that she had later been disinvited.
Town & Country issued an apology on Thursday saying it regrets the way the situation was handled. Town & Country is the longest-running general interest magazine still in publication, and this is the fifth edition of the glamorous Philanthropy Summit spurring critical discussion about pressing issues.
The incident sparked criticism with many arguing that cancelling Lewinsky’s invitation over Clinton’s presence undermines the recent wave of anti-harassment campaigns. Monica Lewinsky, today an activist, found herself at the centre of a sexual scandal involving then-President Bill Clinton when she was an intern in her 20s at the White House. She later lamented that while she was villainised over the scandal, Clinton’s reputation only flourished.
Source: Huffington Post