Aziz Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations against him

Hannah Rogers
January 17, 2018

Popular TV host Ashleigh Banfield has criticised Golden Globe victor Aziz Ansari's sexual assault accuser live on air, describing the recent allegations against the comedian as "reckless and hollow".

Ansari released a statement saying he went on a date with the woman and engaged in sexual activity "which by all indications was completely consensual". "It is necessary and long overdue".

Ansari, a two-time Emmy victor for his Netflix show, won best actor in a TV musical or comedy series last Sunday at the Golden Globes.

The next day she texted the actor, "I just want to take this moment to make you aware of [your] behavior and how uneasy it made me", to which he responded, "Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I'm truly sorry", according to the account.

But, hey, who has time for all that when we're leering and gagging at the thought of Aziz Ansari maladroitly pursuing a grown woman who regretted her decisions?

She recalled saying no multiple times to Ansari's sexual advances, but the 34-year-old Master of None star apparently repeatedly tried to initiate intercourse.

Grace told the publication that she met Ansari at an Emmy Awards after party in Los Angeles in September 2017, where they flirted a little bit and also exchanged numbers and eventually went on a date after a week of "flirtatious banter" over text.

'You had a bad date.

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"Otherwise you end up with all these weird cracks in feminism pitting us against each other", she says, "which is not helpful at all".

In her telling, Grace made clear, verbally and non-verbally, that she was uncomfortable with how quickly things escalated on their date and how persistent Ansari was in resuming sexual activity even once she said she wanted to slow down.

What I do believe is Grace's story offers us all an opportunity to talk about the gray area - the space where a lot of the conversation about consent becomes too hazy to find real cut and dry rules. "If you are not interested in having a physical relationship... then say good-night after dinner, don't go to their apartment". "And I did. I think I just felt really pressured. It was by far the worst experience with a man I've ever had", she added.

The next day, Grace, as she is referred to in the post, texted Ansari letting him know that she was upset with his behaviour that night.

Way added: "Ansari built his career on being cute and nice and parsing the signals women send to men and the male emotions that result and turning them into award-winning, Madison Square Garden-filling comedy". If the inability to choose a pinot noir over a pinot grigio offends you, you can leave right then and there.

"You had a bad date. By your description, your sexual encounter was unpleasant", she said. "By your own clear description, this wasn't a rape, nor was it a sexual assault", Banfield said.

She blasted him back, "Last night might've been fun for you, but it wasn't for me".

"He sat back and pointed to his penis and motioned for me to go down on him". It sucks. The feminist answer is to push for a culture in which boys and young men are taught that sex does not have to be pursued like they're in a porn film, and one in which girls and young women are empowered to be bolder, braver and louder about what they want. "But part of what women are saying right now is that what the culture considers "normal" sexual encounters are not working for us, and oftentimes harmful".

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