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Monica Lewinsky says she was uninvited from social change event because Bill Clinton was attending

Yeah, it's 2018 and this is still happening. 

Monica Lewinsky called out a faux pas on Twitter on Wednesday after she was uninvited from an event.

The former White House intern and anti-bullying activist says she was invited to an event about social change -- considering she's an ambassador for several bullying prevention organizations and a board member on another, she is an ideal guest. But when former President Bill Clinton planned to attend, Lewinsky's invitation was allegedly revoked.

According to the Huffington Post(opens in a new tab), the offender was Town & Country Magazine, which held its Philanthropy Summit on Wednesday.

SEE ALSO: Monica Lewinsky Breaks the Silence on Clinton Affair

The summit's speakers included Bill Clinton and Parkland survivor and gun control activist Emma Gonzalez.

"It's 2018," Lewinsky said on Twitter, "emily post would def not approve."

Author Emily Post wrote "Emily Post's Etiquette," a book that covered everything from which fork to use at dinner to what's appropriate to discuss at the dinner table. She's also famous for saying, “A gentleman does not boast about his junk.”

Emily Post definitely would not have approved. Credit: United States Library of Congress

And then Lewinsky called out the event's organizers, tweeting, "Please don't try to ameliorate the situation by insulting me with an offer of an article in your mag."

On Twitter people shared their support for Lewinsky after she publicized the situation. Gina McGalliard, a journalist, pointed out that it's surprising that Clinton is still invited to events in the #MeToo era.

And others, like Erin Gloria Ryan, a TV writer, and Andrew Shaffer, an author, said they'd choose Lewinsky over Clinton any day.

Clinton was served with articles of impeachment in 1998 for lying about his affair with Lewinsky, then a 22-year-old White House intern. Their relationship was revealed while Clinton was being investigated for a sexual harassment claim. Although Clinton was acquitted and served the rest of his term as president, Lewinsky's reputation was significantly damaged.

Earlier this year, Lewinsky tweeted about how she's marked Jan. 16, the date the affair essentially went public in 1998, as "the day i survived another year" and asked fellow survivors to retweet if they "survived the unimaginable" too.

Lewinsky has been especially outspoken since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke -- she wrote(opens in a new tab) about it in Vanity Fair. "My trauma expedition has been long, arduous, painful, and expensive," she said. "And it’s not over."

Mashable has reached out to both Monica Lewinsky and Town & Country Magazine for comment.

UPDATE: May 9, 2018, 5:49 p.m. PDT: A representative referred us to Lewinsky's tweets when asked for comment.

UPDATE: May 10, 2018, 10:24 a.m. PDT: Town & Country issued the following statement via Twitter.

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    I love that people that are still innovating. Whatever perception we have of what K-pop looks and sounds like, they're clearly widening the envelope. And I'm hoping to see more of this. Judging by the video, I think they're literally working with like a short film kind of [director]. One of the artists that wrote on "Ditto," The Black Skirts, used to be an artist that was signed to me. I love that someone who people would think is like an indie musician who's distanced themselves from K-pop is writing on a K-pop song. In another NewJeans video, one of the members is Siri, and that sequence is amazing. I think there's someone [behind it] that is also aware of things that are unique to current times. 

    Have you looked into the lore of how the group's music videos connect?

    My daughter explained it to me. I was like, "Oh, this [project] has a worldview." A lot of the money behind K-pop and a lot of the people making decisions seem to underestimate young people, which is ironic because that's where their power and wealth comes from. I sense a little bit of that disrespect because the some of the content that they're putting out... I'm not saying it's bad! It's good. Everything in K-pop is done well. But I can see that whoever was making decisions is underestimating the 12-year-old, like my daughter, or the 15-year-old teenager, thinking that this is the extent of what they want.

    I feel like [the NewJeans team] respect[s] that my 12-year-old daughter can think about issues like alienation and anxiety and technology and the deeper lore behind things. They don't think that just excellent dancing and singing and pristine looking videos are going to be enough.

    I would argue that's what made BTS so successful. So much of it was down to their storytelling of friendship throughout death and loss. It's really wild as I've been reporting on this over the last couple of years to see some other companies not catch on. When I talk to them, they really don't get it.

    They don't get it. And when they see that that [strategy] works and try it, you can totally see they don't actually get it. So it becomes this horrendous mess of not understanding what it is. BTS is a great example. They were able to deliver visuals and music and lyrics in a way that allowed their fans to feel like they understood that they were complex beings. That factor is underestimated by a lot of others in the industry.

    That's sort of what made Epik High what it was. When we first launched into the stratosphere, I think it was because of that whole thing, the lore and the thinking involved. I have always perceived my audience — no matter what age they are, no matter who they are — as complicated and complex as I am. And that my content needs to be as honest as I can be. I always have people around me asking, "Will they get it, though?" And I think that's the worst question to ask. Of course they'll get it — they are alive, aren't they? Anybody that's living a life is super complicated and complex and is capable of so many different emotions. They're just not given an opportunity to feel them.

  • Gary Oldmans son decries clickbait stories about fathers 2001 domestic abuse allegation


    Gary Oldmans son decries clickbait stories about fathers 2001 domestic abuse allegation

    Gary Oldman scored his first Academy Award on Sunday. Now, his son has some choice words for anyone attacking the Best Actor winner's character.

    Some background is in order. The senior Oldman has faced backlash during the 2017/2018 awards season over an alleged domestic abuse incident stemming back to 2001. The allegation was brought to bear by ex-wife Donya Fiorentino, with whom Oldman had two children.

    SEE ALSO: Here are a few of our favorite acceptance speeches from this year’s Oscars

    The details of the case are quite involved(opens in a new tab), though it should be noted that Oldman never faced any criminal charges and, when he and Fiorentino divorced, he was granted full custody of their two children. Fiorentino, for her part, reminded the world as recently as Monday that she sees her ex-husband as an "abuser."

    Responding to Oldman's Best Actor win, Fiorentino's statement to TMZ(opens in a new tab) brought up the ongoing social changes that have done so much to root out toxic public figures. She asked, "What happened to the #MeToo movement?"

    Oldman faced similar criticisms(opens in a new tab) throughout the awards season, and Fiorentino wasn't alone in pointing back to that after Sunday's awards ceremony. Now, Oldman's 20-year-old son Gulliver — one of the two he shares with Fiorentino — who says he was present when the 2001 incident allegedly occurred, has come to the defense of his father in an open letter.

    "I have grown up in the world we are accustomed to now, where people are guilty until proven innocent. It’s a shame to see that “clickbait journalism” or judgement by headline, is designed to make one jump to conclusions without receiving the full range of fact that may be detailed in a piece, whether it be online or otherwise," the younger Oldman writes.

    "In the case of my father, there is only innocence. There never has been any guilt."

    He goes on to reference the fact that his father was granted custody of both the children he had with Fiorentino, noting that such a judgment doesn't typically fall in favor of a "wife beater." That he lived with his father after the divorce is "proof enough."

    Later, he describes how he and his brother both "have played the role of pawn on numerous occasions ... in a big game our mother has been desperately trying to play against our father." Fiorentino, he says, has been "a sad and very troubled person most of her life."

    Toward the end, he acknowledges the changes that have been brought about by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and the challenge of defending a man accused of wrongdoing in the current climate. But he also makes clear an important distinction in his relationship to this situation: He was present when it allegedly happened.

    "Being a full supporter of this movement, I can see how coming out with a statement to combat an allegation must look. However, I was there at the time of the 'incident,' so I’d like to make this radiantly clear: it didn’t happen. Anyone who says it did is lying."

    You can read Gulliver Oldman's full letter below.

  • Titos Vodka would like to remind you that it *isnt* a replacement for hand sanitizer

    Titos Vodka would like to remind you that it *isnt* a replacement for hand sanitizer

    Tito's Vodka would like to remind the general public that you can't douse your hands in vodka in place of using hand sanitizer.


    As panic over the new coronavirus spreads, stores across the country are running out of face masks and hand sanitizer. While the shortage could be easily avoided if people just washed their hands correctly, it's clearly not enough for concerned Twitter users. Some are resorting to making their own hand sanitizer(Opens in a new tab), which consists of two parts 99 percent isopropyl alcohol and one part aloe vera gel. As the Verge(Opens in a new tab) notes, you can also swap out isopropyl alcohol with vodka, as long as it's 180 proof or higher.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)(Opens in a new tab) guidelines, hand sanitizer needs to contain at least 60 percent alcohol to be considered effective.

    In a world where we have to remind people to wash their hands regularly — and not just when we're under the threat of a viral pandemic — we naturally have to remind people that Tito's vodka is not a replacement for hand sanitizer.

    The company took to Twitter to reaffirm that with an alcohol content of only 40 percent, it doesn't meet CDC guidelines for hand sanitizer. "Tito's Handmade Vodka is 40 percent alcohol, and therefore does not meet the current recommendation of the CDC," the company said in a statement.

    It kept going. In replies to Twitter users, the company also reminded people to wash their hands with soap and water.

    A Tito's spokesperson told the Dallas Morning News(Opens in a new tab) that the company wanted to "set the record straight" after seeing misinformation about using vodka as hand sanitizer spreading on social media.

    "While it would be good for business for our fans to use massive quantities of Tito's for hand sanitizer, it would be a shame to waste the good stuff, especially if it doesn't sanitize," the spokesperson said. "Which is doesn't, per the CDC."

    And again, we must remind you that hand washing is also an effective way to protect yourself against the coronavirus, which causes the deadly COVID-19 that has claimed(Opens in a new tab) 3,280 lives as of Thursday.

    To effectively wash your hands, the CDC recommends(Opens in a new tab) lathering your hands with soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds — about two rounds of "Happy Birthday" — and thoroughly washing between the fingers and under the nails.

    Then you can pour yourself a nice big glass of vodka.

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  • The UK has started testing a 4-day work week

    The UK has started testing a 4-day work week

    The prospect of a four-day working week sounds like the stuff of fantasy. But, a pilot of a four-day working week has launched in the UK for six months with no loss of pay for thousands of participating employees.


    Kicking off today and running to December 2022, the trial(Opens in a new tab) is being run by researchers at Cambridge University, Boston College, and Oxford University, not-for-profit organisation 4 Day Week Global, UK think tank Autonomy, and the 4 Day Week UK Campaign. Over 70 UK-based businesses are participating and companies can still apply to take part(Opens in a new tab) in the pilot should they wish to.

    Joe O’Connor, pilot programme manager for 4 Day Week Global, said more and more businesses are moving to "productivity focused strategies" in an aim to reduce employees' hours without cutting their pay.

    "The four-day week challenges the current model of work and helps companies move away from simply measuring how long people are "at work," to a sharper focus on the output being produced. 2022 will be the year that heralds in this bold new future of work," he said.

    You'll have likely heard a lot of chatter about four-day work weeks. In 2021, Iceland published results from its years-long trial of a shorter work week. From 2015 to 2019, the country ran the world's largest trial of a shorter working week and — yep, you guessed it — the results showed that participants ended up happier, healthier, and more productive. In 2019, Microsoft Japan trialled a four-day week and found it boosted productivity by nearly 40 percent. The dream of the four-day week is now becoming a reality for many companies around the world. Panasonic recently introduced an optional four-day work week for employees.

    Canon's UK arm(Opens in a new tab) is one of six businesses signed up in the scheme. Ken Sutherland, the president of Canon Medical Research Europe, said(Opens in a new tab), "We recognise that working patterns and the focus we all give to our work-life balance has changed substantially during the pandemic. As a responsive employer we are always looking at how we can adapt our working practices to ensure that employees find their time with us is meaningful, fulfilling and productive. For this reason, we’re keen to pilot a four-day week to see if it can work for us."

    SEE ALSO: Panasonic is introducing an optional four-day work week

    In September, it was reported that Scotland would be trialling a four-day work week(Opens in a new tab), drawing on similar trials in Iceland and New Zealand.

    Figures show a strong level of support for the shorter working week. Researchers for financial firm Jefferies asked young Americans(Opens in a new tab) aged 22 to 35 if they would support a four-day week, with 80 percent of respondents saying yes.

    The prospect of three-day weekends all year round sounds pretty enticing. Fingers crossed the UK-wide trial goes well.

    UPDATE: Jun. 6, 2022, 11:35 a.m. GMT This article was first published when the trial was first announced in Jan. 2022, and updated with the commencement of the trial on June 6. We've amended some details within the story.

  • Battle of the bald: If Prince William isnt the sexiest bald man, who is?

    Battle of the bald: If Prince William isnt the sexiest bald man, who is?

    There are more references online to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as "sexy" than there are for any other bald public figure. He is therefore, according to the internet, the world's sexiest bald man.


    Well. The internet begs to differ.

    The source of this "study" is cosmetic surgery specialists at Longevita, according to a report in the rather notorious U.K. tabloid(Opens in a new tab), The Sun (h/t The Independent(Opens in a new tab)). The report notes that William has been described as "sexy" in 17.6 million "blogs, reports, and pages found in Google searches," putting him far ahead of second- and third-place contenders Mike Tyson (8.8 million) and Jason Statham (7.4 million).

    Before you take issue with the study's source or methodology, know that I'm not here to validate its accuracy. I'm more focused on the response across social media, which seems to suggest that at least some of the "sexy" beefing up that 17.6 million figure is maybe not to be taken literally.

    Or, to put things another way, the internet has plenty of thoughts about sexy bald men. Plenty. The Duke of Cambridge is just not apparently on anyone's list. That's not meant to be read as a comment on William's looks; it's really about the greater thirst that seems to exist for other bald men.

    Take the Stanley Tucci stans. The Tucci Gang(Opens in a new tab), as it were.

    OK, confession: I only singled out Tucci so I could link to that Saturday Night Live sketch. But in general, the people of Twitter have risen up to decry the injustice of their preferred bald hottie not getting the respect he deserves.

    Honestly, kudos to Jezebel for having the best headline of the day.

    But it's Acknowledged Sexy Bald Man Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who stepped up with the best tweet.

    Just another Saturday on the internet. We're all tired. It's been a long, sickly year of dealing with a pandemic. We didn't wake up, sit down at the computer, and open social media to simply accept the implication that there's more online thirst for Prince William than there is for Tucci, Statham, Stewart, Moore, Strong, The Rock, and, apparently, Larry David.

    Related Video: Stanley Tucci on the difficulty of playing a character with Alzheimer's in 'Supernova'

  • Church puts their nativity scene in a cage to protest Trumps immigration policies


    Church puts their nativity scene in a cage to protest Trumps immigration policies

    Traditionally, the nativity scene is pastoral -- meant to inspire feelings of joy, not gut-wrenching horror.

    No wonder, then, that the nativity scene recently posted outside of Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis(opens in a new tab) has inspired such a reaction. The Reverend Canon Lee Curtis had the statues of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph placed in a cage and displayed on the church's front lawn to symbolize the families currently detained indefinitely at the border.

    SEE ALSO: Colbert destroys Jeff Sessions for using the Bible to justify ripping families apart

    "The stark reality is many families have experienced or are experiencing this," Curtis told Mashable.

    The Reverend wants to communicate a clear message to those who witness the scene: "The holy family is every family. Every family is holy. We should aspire for families to be kept together ... [but] what's happening right now is indefinite detention."

    The nativity scene is on display in downtown Indianapolis. Credit: Christ church indianapolis

    Religious leaders have condemned(opens in a new tab) the administration for separating migrant parents from their children at the border and otherwise insisting on "zero tolerance."

    "The Holy scripture is clear about how we are to treat people trying to find safety for their families--we are to show mercy and welcome them," Christ Church Cathedral Dean and Rector Steve Carlsen said in a press release.

    The scene at night. Credit: christ church indianapolis

    Curtis hopes that people seriously process the icon, and that the image (and people's attention to the story) stays with them, even after the social media fury dies down.

    As of now, the Trump administration refuses to state how many migrant children have been separated from their parents at the border. Despite a looming court deadline(opens in a new tab), they are struggling to reunite those separated.

  • Florida man carries a live gator like a purse for a beer run


    Florida man carries a live gator like a purse for a beer run

    Florida is truly something else.

    A Florida resident decided to take a live gator for a beer run last week, tucking the reptile under his arm like a fashionable, but terrifying, clutch.

    In the Facebook video that went viral, the man strolls into a convenience store with the gator and casually asks, "Y'all got beer still?"

    SEE ALSO: Angry alligator knocks out trapper with a headbutt

    When he see someone standing by the cooler -- clearly a threat to the beer supply -- he asks, "You taking the last bit of beer?" Then the man wields the gator like a knight brandishing a lance during a joust and charges at the offender.

    Giggling, the gator wearer grabs a case of cold beer and brags, "It's alive."

    The man, identified as Robby Stratton, told ActionNewsJax that Facebook has been giving him "nothing but love, nothing but hate," and that he sees "a lot more love."

    When asked if he was under the influence during the beer run, Stratton replied, "a lot of the influence!"

    "It's not like I chased Grandma down in Publix with it or something," Stratton justified.

    "Why?" ActionNewsJax reporter Ryan Nelson asked.

    Stratton shrugged, and held up his case of beer: "Alcohol, man."

    Stratton is under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who could be charged with a third degree felony for illegally possessing an alligator. According to ActionNewsJax(opens in a new tab), he could face up to a $5,000 fine or five years in prison.

    "They already talked to me," Stratton said, "They told me what I did was stupid."

    Although Stratton claimed that he didn't know where the gator came from, disturbing videos from the same night show him bragging about how he caught the gator.

    In the video, another man can be seen stepping on the gator, whose mouth is taped shut. Others, including Stratton, take turns picking up the gator.

    Stratton told ActionNewsJax that he was drinking during the first video and thought the gator was "fake or dead." He said that after making that infamous beer run, he released the (still living) gator into a nearby creek.

    "I definitely regret it," he admitted on camera. "It was stupid."

  • Yes, everything is hard, but at least your family isnt being circled by a great white shark

    Yes, everything is hard, but at least your family isnt being circled by a great white shark


    Sharks are invariably a part of the sea in Australia, but this encounter was a bit too close for one family.

    Jodie Brown was on a boat with her family of seven on Tuesday near the town of Port Victoria in South Australia, when a great white shark estimated to be five metres long began to circle them.

    SEE ALSO: 10 of the most incredible moments from 'Blue Planet II'

    "It just swam up to the boat from behind and it was just circling us for about 20 minutes, it would just go round and come back again," Brown told The Advertiser(opens in a new tab).

    “We had to leave in the end to take two girls back to shore because they were freaked out, but the whole time it was just amazing."

    Brown told the newspaper the shark might've been attracted by the fish they were catching from the boat.

    In a video, people were told to stand away from the edge of the vessel, which measured 6 metres long -- only slightly larger than the shark.

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    "We were all in shock really because of the size and width of it ... it was an incredible experience because it's not often you're in the presence of something bigger and more powerful than yourself," Gemma Brown told Sunrise(opens in a new tab) on Thursday.

    Unfortunately the shark's appearance meant that swimming plans were put off, but it's certainly a freaky confrontation you won't see everyday.

  • Reuniting with teachers on Twitter is so incredibly wholesome

    Reuniting with teachers on Twitter is so incredibly wholesome

    Most days, Twitter is a digital hellscape. But the social media platform isn't all bad. Sometimes it helps reunite old friends, and in extremely wholesome cases, it reunites people with their former teachers.


    Student/teacher reunions are one of the most delightful interactions you can find on Twitter. And luckily for us, the summer of 2020 has brought together several noteworthy teachers and students.

    The most recent reunion, which took place on Wednesday night, was between actor Kerry Washington and her eighth grade teacher, Tiffany Bluemle.

    Washington hosted the third night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. During her remarks, Washington gave a shoutout to her eighth grade teacher for teaching her about the Constitution.

    "When I was in seventh or eighth grade, we memorized the preamble of the Constitution," Washington said. "And I've never forgotten it. The first 15 words of our Constitution are, 'We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union.' We say 'more perfect' because our union is not without flaws."

    Bluemle, Washinton's former teacher, tweeted that she "nearly fell off the couch" when she heard the actor mention the eighth grade Constitutional Law class that she taught.

    "I was her teacher. And so proud of her professional accomplishments and political advocacy," Bluemle wrote.

    It wasn't long before Washington saw Bluemle's kind words, and tweeted her own response: "OMG!!!! Hi Thank you for watching!!!!! And thank you for inspiring me and sooo many other students!!!"

    Washington's heartfelt Twitter reunion with her eighth grade teacher came just days after Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez caught up with one of her former educators on the platform.

    Ocasio-Cortez delivered a DNC speech on Tuesday, but on August 12, after learning that she'd have only 60 seconds to deliver her remarks, she tweeted a poem by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays — one that U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings recited in his first speech to Congress(Opens in a new tab).

    Ocasio-Cortez's second grade teacher, Ms. Jacobs, replied to the tweet with supportive words, and the two shared and emotional moment.

    "You've got this. Remember all those poems we recited together in 2nd grade? It was prep for this moment. You've got this," Jacobs wrote.

    Ocasio-Cortez replied by saying, "Ms. Jacobs! Is that you?! Yes, I do remember the poems we recited in second grade! You prepared me perfectly for this moment. Thank you for teaching me, encouraging my growth, and believing in me as a child."

    Ms. Jacobs replied to her former student's tweet once more, and said, "You are my superhero!" She also said she still has the page Ocasio-Cortez wrote in her end-of-year teacher book, which we're going to need to see ASAP.

    Other Twitter users who have had especially influential teachers in their lives are able to appreciate reunions like these on a deeper level. And some just found it extremely touching to witness such unexpected reunions.

    For those who think that students are the only ones who benefit and learn from relationships with their teachers, just know, teachers cherish the bonds made, too. Just look at how much reconnecting meant to Ocasio-Cortez's second grade teacher.

  • Yet another World Cup reporter had to deal with sexual harassment on live TV


    Yet another World Cup reporter had to deal with sexual harassment on live TV

    Again and again, women in the media just keep(opens in a new tab) getting(opens in a new tab) harassed(opens in a new tab) while they're just trying to do their jobs.

    Taking a stand against this was Julia Guimarães, a sports reporter for Brazil's TV Globo and sportv, who ripped into a man who tried to kiss her during a live cross in front of a stadium in Yekaterinburg prior to the Senegal vs. Japan match on Sunday.

    SEE ALSO: Anime theme brings Japan and Senegal fans together at the World Cup

    "Don't do this. Never do this again," she told the man. "Don't do this. I don't allow you to do this, never, OK? This is not polite. This is not right. Never do this. Never do this to a woman, OK? Respect."

    Guimarães later wrote on Twitter that it's "hard to find words" for the incident, and that it had happened to her twice already in Russia.

    The other incident happened to her at the Egypt and Uruguay game, as revealed in a subsequent article for Globo.(opens in a new tab)

    "It's awful. I feel helpless, vulnerable. This time I gave an answer, but it's sad, people do not understand. I wanted to understand why you think you have a right to do that," she said, according a translation.

    Earlier this year, Brazilian journalists started a hashtag called #DeixaElaTrabalhar, or "Let Them Work," coming together to stop harassment on the job and to demand respect.

    "We are women and we are professionals," more than a dozen reporters said in a video.