By Judy Kurtz
Monica Lewinsky is launching a new anti-bullying campaign, and she’s teaming up with a slew of celebrities — including Michael J. Fox, Olivia Wilde, Salma Hayek and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The ex-White House intern, who made countless headlines for her 1995 affair with then-President Bill Clinton, is behind #MonthofAction, which throughout October will post daily anti-bullying challenges and steps advocates can take on social media sites. Email and text messages will also be sent to supporters who sign up on the Bystander Revolution website, where Lewinsky serves as strategic advisor.
“Engaging in the daily challenges will help transform our online world into a safer and more compassionate space for everyone, the 42-year-old California native said in a statement to People. “Even just one action is a step in the right direction towards ending bullying and can save a life.”
Lewinsky gave her first public talk in 13 years in 2014, telling an audience in Philadelphia she deeply regretted the scandal with Clinton and considers herself a “survivor” of the “shame game.”
The fallout, she said, left her “close to disintegrating.” Lewinsky described the shredding of her online reputation, saying, “We are all vulnerable to humiliation, private and public figures alike.”
She declared that she intended to become an anti-bullying advocate to “give purpose to my past.”