We spend a lot of time on the news covering people who fall from grace and become social pariahs.
Donald Sterling is the latest example.
America loves a good redemption story for almost everyone.
President Clinton, Charlie sheen, Paula Deen, Martha Stewart, Kim Kardashian, bill O’Reilly, David letterman, Vanessa Williams, Eliot Spitzer, Rob Lowe, Hugh grant and on and on and on.
Martha Stewart went prison. Charlie Sheen lost his job. Paula Deen lost millions.
But why no second act for Monica Lewinsky?
She’s hoping to change that and is back in the news after writing an article for Vanity Fair magazine.
On my CNN show, celebrity publicist Michael Levine told me, “certain people are very good at creating their own narrative and some people are not. And she isn’t. And it’s true to say that she simply was not able for whatever reason over the last 15 years to create an alternative narrative. Bill Clinton is one of the great narrative creators of all time. He was. She wasn’t. In the end people are where they are because of who they are and if they don’t create their own narrative history will do it for them.”
Monica Lewinsky all but disappeared, retreating from the public eye for more than a decade.
Many empathize with her over her relationship with President Clinton because it was clearly the ultimate imbalance of power.
In fact in 2004 he told CBS news, “I did something for the worst possible reason — just because I could,” he said. “I think that’s just about the most morally indefensible reason anybody could have for doing anything.”
But, most all realize that at the time Lewinsky admittedly was a grown woman between 22 and 25 years of age, old enough to make her own decisions, and she decided to have a sexual relationship with a sitting president. She still contends the relationship was congenital.
In my humble opinion she has also decided in the 15 years since to hide, to largely run away from it and not to own her own story.
Hear me out.
Monica Lewinsky, by her own admission, has had plenty of opportunities in business and otherwise to write her own story and navigate a new course for her life.
She has mostly chosen not to.
And while the public has largely moved on she is the one who has not.
And it’s about time.
In fact, it’s past time.
Not only is it time for you to move on, it’s time for the American people to move on too.
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