Monica Lewinsky was widely shamed for her affair with President Bill Clinton when she was a White House intern in the 1990s. This issue turned her into an anti-shaming and anti-bullying activist. This led her to produce a documentary on public shaming that has been acquired by HBO Max to be released when the streaming service starts operating in Spring 2020.
’15 Minutes of Shame’ will tell us the story of individuals around the globe who have been shamed for whatever reason, and explore the bullies, the bystanders, the media, psychologists, politicians and experts in between,” according to WarnerMedia’s HBO Max.
Aside from Lewinsky, the documentary will be exec produced by Max Joseph, who’s no stranger of the format as he co-hosted and produced the MTV docuseries, ‘Catfish’ from 2012 to 2018.
“Monica Lewinsky is an anti-bullying activist with unparalleled authority, making her the perfect partner for this project,” said Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max’s head of original content. “And Max’s strong advocacy for social justice and distinctive storytelling make him particularly well-suited to explore this complex modern phenomenon.”
Lewinsky is widely known in the anti-shaming, anti-bullying world for her 2015 TED Talk, called ‘The Price of Fame,’ which obtained more than 16 million views on YouTube and inspired many anti-bullying campaigns. Lewinsky said she wants ’15 Minutes of Shame’ to “move the conversation forward.”
Documentaries and docuseries have been one of Netflix’s stalwarts. No other streaming service has been able to replicate such success with real-life stories. We’ll see how it goes for HBO Max from Spring 2020.