‘Impeachment’ Premiere Ratings Dropped Significantly From Earlier ‘American Crime Story’ Debuts


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Impeachment: American Crime Story is the third season of the FX true-crime anthology television series American Crime Story. It will consist of 10 episodes and debut on September 7, 2021. wikipedia.orgImpeachment: American Crime Story

I grew up in Arkansas where role models are in short supply, particularly if you fall on the left side of the political spectrum, and so I idolized Bill Clinton. Like myself, he grew up in a poor single-parent home, and I modeled my way out of Arkansas after him (college, law school), although unlike Bubba, I had no desire to return once I left. I also worked as a volunteer on his campaign before I could even vote and again when I could, and majored in political science/journalism in college because I wanted to get into politics because of that experience (and as many know, Pajiba was originally a political site before it was a review site before it became a blend of the two).

I mention this because I knew everything about Bill Clinton. Sort of. I knew everything I wanted to know. For a long time, my understanding of the Clinton years was similar to the Arkansas educational system’s understanding of the Civil War, which is to say: It was supremely lacking and one-sided. Some of that was willful blindness, and a lot of that is because the sources of a lot of the information about the Clinton scandals came from villains, so to speak, which is what makes the whole goddamn saga so complicated. Bill Clinton was a Democrat, but also a serial philanderer who used his position of power to abuse women. Ken Starr was an evil man who wanted to use Clinton’s sex scandals to take him down because he couldn’t find anything else, and people who worked for or cooperated with Ken Starr — especially Linda Tripp — were also Bad People.

Time and perspective have changed the ways we think about the Clinton Impeachment scandal considerably, and for those of us who lived through it — especially on the Democratic side — we’ve had to do a lot of reevaluating. That process became doubly complicated in 2016 when Hillary Clinton ran for President because, again, she was on our side, even if some of the sh*t she pulled during the Clinton Impeachment scandal was not OK, and even if she was married to and supported a man whose sexual misconduct would have rightfully gotten him canceled in today’s world (as a Democrat. Republicans can apparently do whatever the hell they want).

All of which makes Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: Impeachmentnow airing on FX and FX only — a complicated show to watch. By today’s standards, basically everyone involved is a villain, except for Monica Lewinsky, the one person who unfairly took the brunt of the emotional and reputational damage from that scandal. It is insane for us to think now that a 22-year-old intern who was the clear victim of a chasmic power differential could be made the scapegoat. The Democrats did that. The Clinton machine did that. And way too many of us — from late-night talk show hosts to political operatives to voters who looked the other way — were complicit in that.

Watching Impeachment forces us to sit in a stew of our shame and regret. But again, it’s also complicated for Democrats because we have no desire to root for Ken Starr, or Linda Tripp, or maybe even Paula Jones and her prideful but opportunistic husband. How do we square our political support for a man who was no better than Donald Trump when it came to the way he sexually treated women?

I don’t know how many people remember this, but we once celebrated Bill Clinton as the “Comeback Kid” for surviving a sex scandal and coming in second place in the 1992 New Hampshire primary, which he only managed to do by smearing and discrediting his accuser, Gennifer Flowers. Six years later he admitted under oath to having an affair with her. Nevertheless, for surviving that, the media celebrated him! Then he used the momentum he gained from smearing and discrediting an accuser and rode that to the White House, where he behaved with Monica Lewinsky in precisely the same manner he did with Flowers.

It’s really something else, isn’t it? If anything, American Crime Story: Impeachment will be valuable for the way it makes those of us who lived through it reflect on the way it was covered, on why we placed our allegiances where we did, and on why it’s important to interrogate someone’s qualities beyond the D or the R next to their name. The first episode of the series does a nice job of setting that up, centering it on Linda Tripp, the busybody career bureaucrat who had an ax to grind because she felt underappreciated. It’s Tripp who broke the scandal open, although her reasons were less than above board: She wanted to get back at the Clinton White House for reassigning her to a position she felt was beneath her, and because she wanted to sell a book. She also took advantage of Monica Lewinsky, disingenuously offering herself up as someone to confide in, only to use information gained in confidence for her own personal gain.

We also meet Paula Jones and her husband, Stephen, and their story is almost too uncomfortable to talk about from the lens of our modern culture. Was she a victim of Bill Clinton’s sexual harassment — yes, obviously — or were she and her husband opportunistic rubes? That’s certainly how they were depicted then, and it continues to be the way they are depicted here (also, Taran Killam’s Arkansas accent is atrocious). And then there’s Vince Foster, who took his life, and who is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories, which the series nods toward, but he’s also an important figure here in setting Linda Tripp’s arc into motion.

There are lots of ways to talk about Impeachment — is it good or bad? Fact vs. fiction? What was Sarah Paulson thinking with that fat suit? Wait, is that really Clive Owen — but this is the way I want to cover it, by reassessing a ’90s scandal from the perspective of 2021.

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No Cigar: Ryan Murphy’s Monica Lewinsky Series “Impeachment” Opens Low, Fails to Score a Million Viewers

Showbiz411 09 September, 2021 - 09:10pm

The Ryan Murphy FX series about Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton failed to score 1 million viewers on Tuesday night. The total came in at 916,000.

Since FX is not pay cable but on most cable systems automatically, this is a very low number. “Impeachment” didn’t come close to other Murphy series like “The People vs. OJ Simpson.” Another Murphy series, “Feud,” about the tug of war between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, started with 2.26 million viewers for example.

It’s not like the acting isn’t very good on “Impeachment.” Beanie Feldstein as Monica and Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp are doing top level work in their roles. The rest of the cast is just fine.

But “Impeachment” suffers from lack of objectivity. And lack of sex. At this point, the world knows the story of Monica and Bill Clinton, at least the official version. But with Lewinsky producing an authorized version of her story, we are getting more white wash than Whitewater. We’re not learning anything new about what brought Monica to this point, what she thought. We knew Clinton was a dog. But we’re not getting an new significant insights.

As “Impeachment” rolls along, things will not change. As much fun as it is to see all these people– and to see Paulson transform herself — where is that cigar wrapper? Where is the depiction of what actually happened in that White House? But I doubt it’s just Lewinsky’s fault. We’ll never see that story on a TV network, not one owned by Disney.

Monica Lewinsky Says 'I Do Date but I'm Not Married Yet': 'My Friendships Are What's Important'

Yahoo Entertainment 09 September, 2021 - 09:10pm

For many years, Monica Lewinsky's public life was largely defined by one of the most notorious relationships in American history.

But the 48-year-old advocate, speaker and producer fought back to reclaim her story as well as her personal life.

"I kinda feel if anybody has earned a right to have their romantic life private, it's me," Lewinsky tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "Those relationships are very precious to me, even the one or two who turned out to be putzes. But I've learned a lot."

"I do date. I'm not married yet," she says. "I don't know if that will happen or not, and I'm more okay with that than I used to be."

While Lewinsky's affair with former President Bill Clinton, when she was a 20-something White House intern, is again in the public sphere thanks to a new TV series she produced, her personal life is not.

Instead, she's focusing on herself — and the story she has to tell.

Lewinsky is a producer on FX's Impeachment: American Crime Story, which details Clinton's scandals through the eyes of the women affected by them, including her.

The series, which debuted Tuesday, comes 23 years after her affair with Clinton came to light via private conversations she had with then co-worker and friend Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded their talks and eventually handed them off to independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who was investigating the president.

The president was impeached by the House of Representatives. The Senate, however, acquitted him, and Tripp received immunity.

Lewinsky, meanwhile, faced intense public scrutiny.

"I turned 48 last month, and it was bizarre to realize I had now marked half my life as a public person," she tells PEOPLE. "My life was defined by [the scandal] for a very long time and still is in some ways. But I think it's diminishing."

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For a decade, starting in the mid-2000s, Lewinsky retreated from the spotlight. She earned a master's in social psychology from the London School of Economics. With time, she eventually began to reclaim her story. She gave talks about public shaming and became an anti bullying activist.

Lewinsky says now that there's still a "mental tape" in her mind, a highlight reel of some of the most traumatic moments she experienced during the Clinton scandal — the names she was called by comedians, the cartoons that ridiculed her weight.

"I already had self-esteem issues, and being the object of ridicule didn't help. Therapy helps," she says, adding: "I was joking recently, 'I don't really have a glam squad, I have a mental health squad.' "

Lewinsky says that having a core group of friends and family has been an integral part of her journey, too.

"Laughter and friends get you through," she says. "My connections to friends and family are what's most important to me. People who can make me laugh are golden."

That includes her mom, Marcia Lewis Straus, who Lewinsky says helped her "the most" after the Clinton affair.

"Her ability to say, 'It will get better. You'll be able to go outside one day and not wear a hat. You'll be able to walk down the street one day,' — she was right," Lewinsky says.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 06: Monica Lewinsky attends the Forbes Under 30 Summit at Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 6, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images) Monica Lewinsky

In addition to Impeachment, Lewinsky has other projects on her plate: She executive produced 15 Minutes of Shame, a forthcoming HBO Max documentary.

"You never know how history will view you. I hope to become a smaller and smaller footnote who's known more for her accomplishments [than scandal]," she tells PEOPLE.

Lewinsky continues: "The larger goal is how to move the conversation forward, a collective shift around the kind of blame that was put on a young person. And so if part of that footnote is that I am the last young person [who has] a presidential scandal sit on her shoulders, that's okay. Then I feel like I've accomplished something."

The Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal had it all: sex, secrecy, lies and abuse of power. A quarter of a century on, the hounding of Lewinsky – whose life was destroyed while that of Clinton was not – also provides a chilling insight into institutionalised misogyny and the way women were perceived, and expected to conduct themselves, in the Nineties (prompting the inevitable question as to whether things have changed all that much).

"If I had been asked five years ago, there would have been a part of me that needed something ... and I feel incredibly grateful not to need any of that," the Impeachment: American Crime Story producer says

Impeachment: American Crime Story airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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‘Big Brother’ Fans Hail Claire as ‘Ally of The Century’ for Grace as Veto Replacement

Women's Health 08 September, 2021 - 09:05pm

When Tiffany’s original target Alyssa won the power of veto and took herself off the chopping block, Tiffany was forced to either nominate Claire as a replacement, or break up the Cookout alliance, which has remained masterfully hidden. Though Tiffany didn’t outright reveal her alliance to Claire, she did make it clear why Claire had to be her next choice: to preserve the Cookout’s plan of ensuring a Black winner.

“So many people won’t get it,” Claire said in her diary room video after learning of her fate. “But I get it. And that’s why I can’t fight her on this.”

Her words have “Big Brother” fans cheering, dubbing her “the ally of the century” and a “top tier human being.”

Not Claire being the ally of the century #bb23 pic.twitter.com/IasuiJqNWw

— Malia #BB23 (@bb_niaz) September 9, 2021

At the start of this season, an alliance called The Cookout was formed, made up of Tiffany, Kyland, Xavier, Derek F., Azah and Hannah. Their goal? To ensure that a Black person not only wins “Big Brother,” but that the final six contestants are all people of color.

In her diary video, Claire acknowledged that she totally supports Tiffany and her comrades, citing a long history of people of color exiting the game early.

She still plans to “go out like a lion” and fight as hard as she can, but knowing her fate is all but entirely sealed fans are preparing to say goodbye to her during Thursday’s double eviction.

“Nothing but love and respect for claire,” one person tweeted. “A genuine friend, a true ally, and a graceful competitor with a heart of gold.”

You can check out more reactions to Claire’s words below.

Claire saying she gets why Tiffany is doing what she is doing because of what happens every season in big brother 😭🥺❤️ #bb23 pic.twitter.com/bNLetgia2Z

— James Fulford (@jayawa24) September 9, 2021

Bless Claire though. She’s being so graceful right now. We were blessed to have her this season. #bb23 pic.twitter.com/S9OFeB3Uju

— #bb23 (@bbprince_) September 5, 2021


— r (@keeshfests) September 9, 2021

CLAIRE IS A TOP TIER HUMAN BEING #BigBrother #bigbrother23 #BB23 pic.twitter.com/34x7ZjNVw9

— pork (@tedyduncan_puss) September 9, 2021

nothing but love and respect for claire. a genuine friend, a true ally, and a graceful competitor with a heart of gold #BB23 pic.twitter.com/rsgsFxvGna

— erin ✰ (@janellegend_) September 9, 2021

Damnit after Claire admitted she “gets it” NOW I WANT HER TO STAY!! See white ppl a little acknowledgment goes a long way! Especially when y’all know y’all see the bullshit. #BigBrother #BB23 pic.twitter.com/Jmw6fVF1Jw

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