Town & Country recently held what it billed as the Philanthopy Summit, a gathering of famous movers and shakers at the iconic Hearst Tower in Midtown Manhattan. The event highlighted the maganize’s annual philanthropy issue, in which it pays tribute to the rich and famous who use their time and talents to improve the condition of their fellow man. The guest list included lots of familiar names, crossing the gamut of art and film all the way over to captains of industry. Among those people, interestingly enough, was Monica Lewinsky, who has spent the last several years on a crusade against bullying. Lewinsky has made an earnest effort to use her own experiences—and the infamy that came with them—as a force for good, trying to help others who feel trapped and helpless because of cruel, personal attacks, both online and in the real world.
It’s a noble cause, to be sure—one that attracted the attention of Hearst Communications, Town & Country’s publisher, which resulted in an invitation to the event that Lewinsky eagerly accepted. Things changed, however, when there was a last-minute shuffle in the guest list—and just like that, Lewinsky was out. Thanks but no thanks, dearie! We got a better offer. I’m sure you understand!
Monica Lewinsky was invited to a Town & Country magazine event — then uninvited after former President Bill Clinton joined the lineup.
She was bumped from the lifestyle mag’s annual Philanthropy Summit Wednesday after Clinton came on board to introduce teen gun control activist Emma Gonzalez.
Now, having Gonzales and Clinton in the same room together for me sounds like a total buzzkill, so getting the kiss-off from that bunch wouldn’t be what I call a big loss. But to rescind an invitation like that is beyond rude, even for the New York social set. Lewinsky thought so too, and wasn’t shy about calling Hearst out on their bad behavior:
Anticipating their offer of a consolation prize, she added:
Good for you, Monica. Glad to see you standing up for yourself. You made your share of mistakes, but you didn’t deserve what happened to you back then—and you don’t deserve to be treated like this now.
Sadly, though, this is yet another example of the left failing to live up to its lofty ideals. They claim to be all about supporting women—but when it comes to powerful, supposedly liberal men who advance the political cause, the left will dump the women these men victimize in a heartbeat. It didn’t start with Bill Clinton (remember Chappaquiddik?), and it sure didn’t end there (witness all the people who covered for Eric Schneiderman‘s reign of terror). But with Hearst’s inexcusable diss of Monica Lewinsky, of one thing we can be absolutely certain.
Women better beware, because #MeToo doesn’t necessarily apply.