Lewinsky started off the speech by asking the audience, "Who didn't make a mistake at 22?" A powerful reminder of just how young she was when she became the talk of the nation. And the talk never died down. She said:
"Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of my mistake, and I regret that mistake deeply… Overnight, I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one worldwide."
And while cyber bullying is common nowadays, there wasn't even a name for it back in the height of the Lewinsky scandal. She said:
"This was not something that happened with regularity back then in 1998. And by ‘this,' I mean the stealing of people's private words, actions, conversations or photos and then making them public. Public without consent, public without context and public without compassion."
However Lewinsky offered some hope to anyone currently enduring any kind of public shaming, and she pointed to herself as an example of overcoming that public humiliation. She said:
"Anyone who is suffering from shame and public humiliation needs to know one thing: you can survive it. I know it's hard. It may not be painless, quick or easy, but you can insist on a different ending to your story."
We can't even imagine the scope of bullying she went through for so long.
We're glad to see how inspiring she is nowadays and we hope this talk motivated anyone else in the world dealing with public humiliation. If Monica Lewinsky could withstand that, it stands to reason anyone may be able to!
Check out a clip of Monica's TED Talk down (below)!!
Not only do the two celebs jam out to some of The Material Girl's greatest hits, but the Queen of Pop talks a bit about her personal life -- like the time she made out with Michael Jackson! Oh, don't worry, there's plenty of dancing and twerking too.
Ch-ch-check out Madonna and James as they get their karaoke on, carpool style (below)! Be sure to let us know if you're shocked by the singer's MJ story!