Monica Lewinsky Defies Her Name By Changing Her Twitter Handle

If you're looking for Monica Lewinsky on Twitter, you should know she's changed her name. No longer is it just plain-old Monica Lewinsky. It's now 'Monica Chunky Slut Stalker That Woman Lewinsky'. The startling name change is part of an anti-bullying campaign gaining traction on social media.

Lewinsky announced that she's leading the anti-bullying campaign #DefyTheName. The campaign is calling for celebrities to share the names they have been called by bullies, but which they have now overcome. Already, a lot of others have joined her and the campaign is beginning to gain traction.

Lewinsky announced the initiative on 'Good Morning America' on Friday, joking that she had 'lots of names to choose from'. Ever since her affair with former President Bill Clinton went public, Lewinsky suffered humiliation and shaming not just from the public or the media, but from respected politicians in fiery speeches.

She wanted to share some of the most painful monikers she'd been given in order to show what she has overcome.

By sharing the terrible names they have been called by bullies, Lewinsky feels that celebrities can help other people being bullied know that they are not alone. More importantly, it can show others that you can overcome those names and put the cruelty behind you.

“From personal experience I know that one of the most insidious effects of bullying is the feeling of isolation,” Lewinsky said in a statement. “Especially for vulnerable populations, like our youth, it’s feeling alone and suffering in silence that breaks down confidence, degrades self-worth and leads to even worse consequences.”

What Lewinsky experienced back in the 1990s was unprecedented. President Clinton was accused of the salacious affair, and then impeached when he was caught lying about it in court. Unfortunately, it was a very different time, long before the #MeToo movement, and most people directed their anger towards Lewinsky over the political upheaval.

Clinton was eventually acquitted, and Lewinsky's life was left in shreds. The young White House intern found her career over before it even began. She went on to design handbags and she largely stayed out of the spotlight until she turned to writing. She wrote a book about her experiences and has launched a new career as a motivational speaker.

She's gone public again and works to put a spotlight on the damaging effect of bullying.

The cast at 'Good Morning America' referred to Lewinsky as 'patient zero' of internet bullying, since the Clinton scandal broke at just about the time everyone was starting to get online. Lewinisky has been in good company, though.

Other celebrities were quick to jump on the #DefyTheName bandwagon. Lena Dunham is now Lena 'whiny fat c--t' Dunham. You'll also find Tony 'piece of crap' Hawk, John 'Dumb B--ch Loser' Oliver, Sarah 'the weirdo' Silverman, Olivia 'the new girl in school no one likes' Munn, Alan 'Useless' Cumming.

"These were real names they were called growing up," says a promotional video for the movement. "They didn't let it define who they became. Don't let bullying define you."

Not everyone has officially changed their social media names, but many have come forward to share their experiences, helping the initiative to achieve its goal: showing that no one is alone in being bullied, and no one has to let it ruin their lives.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Clinton White House, You Tube

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