Rose McGowan Shreds Bill Clinton for Refusing to Apologize to Monica Lewinsky
“You not only wiped your semen on a young girl’s dress, you left a stain on society,” McGowan tweets.
Former President Bill Clinton was shredded online after he said on Monday’s "Today" show that he does not owe Monica Lewinsky a personal apology — and no one was more offended than #MeToo advocate Rose McGowan.
"I apologized to everybody in the world," Clinton said of the 1998 scandal that eventually led to the second-ever presidential impeachment in United States history. When asked if he had plans to directly ask the former White House intern — who was 22 at the time — for forgiveness, Clinton said, "I do not. I’ve never talked to her. But I did say, publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public."
McGowan — one of the first women to share her story of an unwanted sexual encounter with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein — took to Twitter to share her thoughts.
"Bill Clinton. Here is the truth of it: a human life was altered and destroyed due to your selfishness. Because. You. Could. You not only wiped your semen on a young girl’s dress, you left a stain on society," McGowan wrote. "You actually owe EVERYONE an apology, especially her. #MeToo."
In a later tweet, she added, "Today, I wanted to tweet about my experience at Hay Literary Festival. How it was an honor to discuss my book ‘Brave,’ consciousness and freeing our minds. Instead, it was time to stand up to Bill Clinton. Being brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, it just means you do it anyway."
Clinton — who first denied the charges but later admitted to having an affair with Lewinsky while married to Hillary Clinton — said that he wouldn’t have changed his approach to the situation if it had happened in today’s #MeToo era. "I don’t think it would be an issue because people would be using the facts instead of the imagined facts," he explained. "If the facts were the same today, I wouldn’t."
"A lot of the facts have been conveniently omitted to make the story work," Clinton said, suggesting that his critics are simply "frustrated" with President Donald Trump and the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
"I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution," Clinton said, adding that Trump’s alleged sexual misconduct "hasn’t gotten anything like the coverage that you would expect."
In an essay for Vanity Fair published earlier this year, Lewinsky admitted she had just begun to question the narrative surrounding the 20-year-old affair.
"Now, at 44, I’m beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern," she wrote. "I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot."
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