Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: During a CNN interview with Larry King, Monica Lewinsky said, "I've learned not to put things in my mouth that are bad for me."
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
Origins: Sometimes you're damned if you do, and damned if you don't. That's turning out to be the fate of presidential mistress, Monica Lewinsky. At a time when other young women her age are making career choices and moving on with their lives, hers is the unenviable position of having her past rule her present.
After the news of her affair with President Bill Clinton became the nation's top news story for weeks on end, Lewinsky became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, a well-known weight loss program. That venture again put her in the public eye.
Though some may have mean-spiritedly seen her as unfairly trading on publicity, in reality, publicity has unfairly traded upon her. She can no more escape her notoriety than a dog can outrun its tail.
Nor, evidently, can she outrun the endless jokes made at her expense.
The fake comment quoted above is one of these. On
In truth, Lewinsky said nothing scandalous or ill-judged during that foray. Truth, however, has little place in the world of humor, a land populated not with bon mots someone actually said, but with what that person could have said. As was the case here.
The potential humor opportunity offered by the mental juxtaposition of a dieter having to strictly control her intake and of a young woman whose life has been forever altered by a handful of injudicious oral sex escapades proved too powerful for pranksters to resist. Though she didn't utter the line, one can all too easily picture Lewinsky ruefully admitting "I've learned not to put things in my mouth that are bad for me." And it's this mental image which speeds the story from inbox to inbox.
Returning from the world of what could have been to the world of what actually was, during the Larry King interview Lewinsky discussed her new Jenny Craig affiliation. As to why she chose this career path, she said:
I'm in a position right now where I'm trying to support myself and pay my legal bills, and so I'm looking for kind of the best way to do that. It would be too chaotic for me to go to a traditional job. I'm not being supported by my parents, and I chose something among a lot of different things that I felt was honorable and that I thought would be helpful toMs. Lewinsky is right
Not doing something in public doesn't make people not recognize me. And it doesn't give me my life back. And I do need to
Barbara "how to handle a scandal" Mikkelson
Last updated: 14 October 2004
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