Monica Lewinsky became a household name in the late 1990s when she had an affair with President Bill Clinton. And though she soon attempted to disappear from the public eye, the former White House intern's name was immortalized in a different way: Through rap lyrics.
And, it seems, she took notice.
"Some of you might be asking, who the hell is she, this Monica? And what is she doing here?" Lewinsky said during the opening of her speech on cyberbulling at the Forbes Under 30 Summit on Monday. "Or maybe even, what is she doing in all of those rap lyrics? Thank you Beyoncé and Eminem, and Nicki Minaj, and Kid Cudi. Lil B and Lil Wayne. And of course G-Eazy. But let’s not forget Jeezy, and all the rest."
Either Lewinsky is an avid rap fan (possible, but unlikely), or she had someone do some diligent digging to help prep her ice-breaker. Either way, well done.
It turns out a lot of the biggest names in rap have sewn her name into their rhymes. In addition to the ones she mentioned, Jay Z, Kanye West, Nas and Big Sean all have done it, too.
Jokes aside, Lewinsky's appearance was an important and serious one, as her speech touched on the ills of online bullying and shaming.
"Overnight I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one," she said. "I was patient zero. The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet. There was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram back then. But there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails could be forwarded."