Aziz Ansari responds to allegation of sexual misconduct

Danny Woods
January 17, 2018

Following the encounter, you cast away the memory of the night like a message in a bottle, because that's easier than facing up to what may or may not have happened. He has written a bestselling book about dating titled Modern Romance, and his TV show, Master of None, also deals with the topic of sexual assault in its most recent season. We need to acknowledge that we're now in an era where interactions between men and women are being analyzed through an entirely different lens.

It may prove to be a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement, which began as a means of exposing an entrenched culture of sexual violence and harassment in the United States entertainment industry but has transformed into something altogether different.

Shortly after the allegations were made public, Ansari released a statement saying that the sexual activity "by all indications was completely consensual" and that he "was surprised and concerned" the next day upon realizing that Grace had felt uncomfortable.

After Ansari leads Grace to a mirror and bends her over, she says, "No, I don't think I'm ready to do this".

"A lot of men will read that post about Aziz Ansari and see an everyday, reasonable sexual interaction", wrote Jessica Valenti, a Guardian US columnist and feminist author, in a tweet. "That last hour was so out of my hand", she told Babe.

Grace told that Ansari walked her to Grand Banks, an Oyster bar on a wooden schooner on the Hudson River, and on the way they discussed "NYU, comedy and a new, secret project he was working on", but said that she did most of the talking.

"I'm sorry you had a bad date ... but let's take a moment to reflect on what you claim was the 'worst night of your life, '", Banfield said.

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Grace might have been expecting Ansari the comedian, the man who calls on daters to be nicer to one another. Or it wouldn't have if Ansari weren't famous and she weren't now famous too, albeit under a moniker that refers to pray before dinner.

In the days following the story, Ansari did not deny the date happening and believed that the encounter was purely consensual via an official statement.

Everyone, whether they're famous or not, acts differently in public than they might in private. That's when things got weird.

"If you are born with a vagina, everybody knows creepy dudes are just a part of the deal", Denise (Lena Waithe) says in the episode. "By your description, your sexual encounter was unpleasant", she said.

The two met at a party and about a week later went out for dinner. Tons of travel pics could mean this person is a fabulous jet-setter, or a homebody trying to pay off credit card debt incurred nabbing those shots. But knowing your lines isn't the same as living them. Naturally, it made the rounds on social media and elicited other headlines in major publications as Ansari responded. There will always be limitations.

Around the tail end of September, Ansari and the then 22-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer went on a date.

Ansari said he responded privately to Grace and expressed support for the movement of women speaking out against sexual misconduct, describing it as "necessary and long overdue". Besides that little problem, the idea of asking for "consent" is a very new concept in the very long course of human history, and one older generations aren't even aware exists.

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