Monica Lewinsky has launched a new series of anti-bullying emojis, meant to give people a quick way to lend support to a friend.
“Cyberbullying, trolling, and online harassment can ensnare public officials and celebrities but also private citizens, whether teens or college kids or adults,” she wrote in a piece for Vanity Fair, where she is a contributing editor. “Thousands of people are bullied online—daily.”
It’s an issue Lewinsky knows about first hand. In 2015, after trying to keep a low profile for years, she spoke out for the first time in detail in a Vanity Fair piece last June titled “Shame and Survival.”
“In 1998, when news of my affair with Bill Clinton broke, I was arguably the most humiliated person in the world,” she wrote. “Thanks to the Drudge Report, I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.”
Lewinsky stuck to focusing on anti-bullying efforts in the more recent piece, noting “The free keyboard app is available for download beginning on World Safer Internet Day, Feb. 9, in the iTunes App Store and coming soon on Google Play.”
Lewinsky linked to the announcement from her public, officially verified Facebook page where her online followers quickly made the connection from her current initiative and past issues.
“Say your piece Monica, especially now that (presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton) is trotting out her geriatric friends to say that women who don’t support other women belong in hell,” said commenter Soma Ganguly Simon.
She was referring to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright‘s remark at a recent Clinton campaign rally: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”
Other commenters were less than impressed with Lewinksy’s anti-bullying efforts.
“You brought your problems on yourself,” David Carper wrote. “You are not a victim. You were proud of what you did, til you got caught. Shut up and go away again. Your welcome.”