watching American Crime Story: Impeachment with bated breath. After all,
I’m nine years older than Monica Lewinsky so I remember every minute of that
sordid mess as it splashed across the news headlines in the nineties.
the show, it jerks me back once again to how things “were” and how things are “trying
to change” for women, men, power, politics, me too…
who weren’t alive in the nineties or before, this show might seem strange. Some
of the things the ladies discuss might seem odd to the modern woman. Oh, we
thought we were mighty modern back in the nineties I must say.
episode especially hit home in so many ways for me.
I love this
show and as always, when it comes to American Crime Story, Ryan Murphy
does an excellent job with the material. Yes, in every show there is
truth-stretching to improve the drama and trauma but from OJ to Versace to now
Impeachment, these shows have a lot to say about the times these events took place
in even if some of the facts are false or bent or misremembered.
especially fascinating about ACS: Impeachment is that Monica Lewinsky
herself is a producer of the show and therefore likely provided inside information
that may not have been shared before or at least she can exercise her right to
veto things or improve things. So far so good, Ms. Lewinsky.
she’s not afraid to show herself as weak, manipulated, confused, and tenacious,
going crazy from gaslighting as many targets of narcissists do. The Monica we see in Impeachment is much more obsessed than I ever dreamed she was in real life. However, as an obsessive person myself, I can totally relate to Impeachment Monica. |And letting us see her youthful vulnerability as she clings to every phone call, every gift, every encounter really makes the show fantastic.
must make a quick aside that Linda Tripp called Monica a narcissist last night.
Perhaps Monica is, but Clinton is the Big Narcissist in this equation, the villain,
the head game player. Tripp herself likely had some narcissism as well. Doesn’t
everyone who goes into politics have a degree of narcissism, they can change
I’m sure people
not familiar with the culture of the time would wonder why don’t these women
fight back, why don’t they go to the higher-ups, why do they let themselves be
bullied and demoted for other people’s whims?
it was; there was no where to go. No HR for sexual harassment and so on. Women
were lucky to have jobs at all, so they had to suck it up or off, as it were.
who don’t know, Monica Lewinski was an intern at the White House when she was
21. At that time, President Bill Clinton took an interest in her and thus began
an affair that lasted a couple of years. I had no idea he gave her gifts and that they had so many phone calls nor that the affair lasted as long as it did and was as intense as it was until I began watching this show. In fact, my jaw dropped when she received her first present. I was really pissed off that he manipulated her in that way.
did Hillary know? Who knows? The show hasn’t addressed Hillary at all so far. Although,
the way the show ended last night, I’m sure there’s going to be lots of Hillary
the show ended when President Bill Clinton learned that Monica was called to
testify in the Paula Jones case. That floored him, after all, he thought he had
Monica under control, under his wandering thumb. As he sat on his bedroom couch
wondering about it all, Hillary was sleeping. Before he made it to the couch,
we saw the paintings of past presidents, and the camera lingered on JFK, likely
because he was a cheating asshole as well. Just because JFK slept with Marilyn
Monroe and god knows who else, doesn’t make him a good boy. He’s part of the
problem of powerful people cheating on their spouses.
And back in
the day, most forgave JFK and Clinton and many other major cheating scumbags.
After all, they were powerful men, so “it was expected they would stray.” I
suppose it was like the attitude towards rock stars as well. We all knew they
all cheated on the road (or most did) but hey, if you’re crazy enough to marry
a rock star, enjoy the money and look the other way when the groupies are
around…that was the social attitude for decades.
a few things reflected the times.
when Vernon Jordan patted Monica’s ass after saying he’ll find her a job at
Revlon, as per The President’s suggestions. Monica barely blinked at the ass
pat, but she noticed it. However, in those days, all of us women were used to
men patting our asses, touching our boobs, and more. Yes, bosses, customers, it
didn’t matter, men constantly touched women, especially powerful men. I can’t
tell you how many bosses I’ve had that groped me and nothing I could do about
it. I actually quit one job when a manager touched my breasts, even though I
was married. No one believed me, or if they did, thought I should suck it up. I
was told, “it’s your word against his...and he's the manager and you've only been here a couple of weeks.” So back then, in the eighties, I just never
went back, not even for my last paycheck. And they wondered why they had to hire new waitresses every couple of weeks...
totally understand the culture that played out for Tripp and Lewinsky.
Paulson is doing an amazing job as Linda Tripp. She reportedly gained thirty
pounds and she has wigs and I think prosthetics. As with all shows I watch, I try not to research them while I'm watching them so I'm surprised but I did happen to read that somewhere. She doesn’t look like Sarah
Paulson at all except for the odd angle where you can “see” Sarah underneath.
She has the walk, the voice, she’s playing Linda really well. We are
sympathetic to Linda which I don’t think I really was when it all went down
back in the day. But of course, hindsight is 20/20 and we’ve had nearly thirty
years to reflect on all of this stuff.
Feldstein is amazing as Monica. I truly believe her as Monica.
episode showed Monica losing her mind to Clinton’s gaslighting ways. We’re not
sure (and even those of us who lived through it STILL aren’t sure) what Clinton’s
endgame for her was. Did he have a special place in his heart for her despite having
affairs with who knows how many women? Was Monica special or did she only think
she was? I’m not sure we’ll ever know unless Bill writes a tell-all but that
will never happen.
sorry then and still do for Hillary. What hell it must be to be married to such
a cheater. A public cheater. In my mind over the years, I told myself they must have had an “arrangement”
or maybe, as rumours suggested, she was really a lesbian, and this was a marriage
of power and convenience. Hillary is STILL married to Bill as we know, and only
they know the truth of their own relationship. Certainly there are many political
secrets they likely keep together, and they have figured out a way to not lose
their financial empire nor their family empire.
shares with Linda some of her past experiences. Linda might be sheltered and
seemed rather shocked but as someone closer to Monica’s age, I wasn’t shocked
at all. There were those who were allegedly screwing their high school teachers
while students. I suspected a few teachers, both scholastic and recreational, of seducing students. Did seduction mean sex? I have no idea if it did in each case. But whatever it was, it's an imbalance of power. After I was out of high school, I learned of other alleged affairs that had happened under my nose. Married teachers, pregnant
teachers, counsellors, mentors, men, women seducing their own students or other
people’s students. This was in the seventies and early eighties, and it was “just
the way it was.” No one ever told on these teachers but most didn't truly know what went on behind closed doors as well. I’m sure no one knows to
this day about the truth of most of these alleged affairs. And considering how old I am, I’m sure
most of these teachers are dead by now.
talks about teachers and counsellors, married, who used her. So the seduction
from Bill was really just more of the same. A man abusing his power for young,
sweet flesh. How would she know any different or that it might even be wrong
when that’s just how it was back then? Back then, these types of affairs were
games. I guess, they still are. Dangerous games.
Linda finally began to tape Monica. The episode The Telephone Hour is a
homage to the musical, Bye Bye Birdie right down to montages of phone
You can see Linda really wrestling with herself, her hatred for the Clintons, her urge to blow this power-hungry cheating man out of the water, yet her fear of hurting Monica, but wanting Monica to get away from him. She's disgusted by the Paula Jones case and knows of many other women who were seduced by Clinton.
blue dress was in last night’s episode. Linda notices it crumpled up on the
floor during their pajama party and Monica finally shares what it is.
character in the show is reaching for power, from the publisher, to the administrators,
to Linda’s deskmate. Every woman is demeaned for daring to reach and sometimes
punished, as Linda was, by demotion.
is really keeping me glued to my seat and I’m really enjoying it, well, in the
way that you watch events that are horrible but are well executed.
makes us look at our own morality. What would we do if we were Linda? Linda who
was eaten up and chewed out by the system and by her own marriage. A smart
woman who can never be her full potential because of the glass ceiling and
perhaps because she’s not beautiful.
forward to seeing what will happen next, especially with how they’ll portray
What do you
think about Impeachment so far?