The story highlights male celebrity figures initiating a new trend anchored by truth and vulnerability. The notable examples used in the piece were Prince Harry, Brad Pitt and JAY-Z. For Lewinsky, she commended Hov for his brazenness when voicing his issues with his wife Beyonce on 4:44.
“Jay-Z could have ignored it all. But, instead, he chose a path of candor that will — like Brad’s and Prince Harry’s — move the conversation forward and help others,” writes Lewinsky.
She adds: “As we wrestle with gender roles and relationships between the sexes — and see issues of sexism running rampant from the tech world to politics — it’s heartening to see a crack in the implicit contract among men, their emotions, and society at large.”
While JAY-Z’s candor was on full display on his newly-released album, he delved deeper into his once-flawed marriage in the “Footnotes for 4:44.”
“This is my real life,” he said in the video. “I just ran into this place and we built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn’t totally built on the 100 percent truth and it starts cracking. Things start happening that the public can see. Then we had to get to a point of ‘O.K., tear this down and let’s start from the beginning’ . . . It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”