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Monica Lewinsky Debuts Anti-Bullying Video

For the vast majority of her adult life, Monica Lewinsky has been the subject of scorn and ridicule. She rocketed to fame as the result of the scandal that nearly cost former President Bill Clinton his presidency when it was revealed that she had an affair with the then-president. To Lewinsky’s benefit, the scandal occurred prior to the social media era, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t victimized by some outrageous and judgemental commentary. To her credit, she has kept her head held high - although she acknowledges it hasn’t been the easiest tactic to take.

As Fox News shares, she’s been inspired to work with ad agency BBDO New York and Dini von Mueffling Communications on a new public service announcement dubbed ‘In Real Life,’ which helps demonstrate the effect that bullying can have on others.

“How people hiding behind a screen will write something they’d never say to someone’s face — and what that says about the inhumanity of their actions,” she says in the video. “It’s a stark and shocking mirror to people to rethink how we behave online versus the ways that we would behave in person.”

She didn’t have to look all that far for inspiration to help drive the points of the video home.

“I think that there are probably hundreds of thousands, if not millions of horrible things, which have been said about me online and in print. But I can count on one, maybe two hands, how many times people have been rude to my face,” she said. “That’s my own personal connection. When you are with someone, when you see someone face to face, you are reminded of their humanity.”

Lewinsky hasn’t allowed the inordinate amount of criticism she’s received to hinder her life completely, but she does note that it hasn’t been the easiest road to travel.

“There are many ways that I have been able to move forward but there are certainly times [like] with that meme that was going around, where I’m still held frozen in amber from incidents from two decades past,” Lewinsky adds. “It reminds me once again what it’s like to be on the other side. And it’s sometimes made worse when I know people I care about – especially my family—see these memes, too.”

For the PSA, actors were hired to reenact actual cyberbullying posts made on social media, and it’s presented so that others in the video have no idea that it’s a reenactment. It’s a powerful way to get the point across, and Lewinsky hopes that viewers will walk away with some key takeaways.

“Many people — especially young people — don’t know what to say when someone they know has been cyberbullied,” Lewinsky notes. “The two main images on the keyboard, one of a hugging heart, and the other is of grasping hands, were both designed with compassion and solidarity in mind, and they were chosen by over 5,000 teens from around the world.”

As for herself, Lewinsky hopes that people will know that there’s a bit more than meets the eye.

“I’m not a punchline, I’m a human being and I belong to people,” Lewinsky says. “I’m a daughter, I’m a step-daughter, I’m a sister, I’m a cousin, a niece, an aunt. I’m dimensional, not just a punchline.”

Source: People
Photo: YouTube

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