Whoopi Goldberg Joins Backlash About Aziz Ansari Misconduct Allegations

Bessie Dean
January 22, 2018

As more and more women begin to open up about the harassment and sexual abuse they face, and again with the recent story about actor Aziz Ansari, I've taken a hard look at my past sexual encounters, and it's an uneasy feeling. Baseless accusations like this, and the media's failure to distinguish between sexual assault and second thoughts, belittle the experiences of genuine victims, impede the fumigation of the Hollywood casting couch and dilute the potency of the #MeToo movement's most effective ingredient: truth. Not only that, but Aziz didn't even receive applause when his name was listed among his fellow nominees.

The honour, however, went to William H Macy for Shameless.

The allegations against Aziz broke on January 14, with the publication of an article on the site babe.

A 23-year-old woman claimed in an interview with women's website Babe that she was "violated" by Ansari after a date in NY.

TBS late-night host Samantha Bee reinforced this notion on Wednesday's episode of "Full Frontal", during which she spent seven minutes tracing the building backlash against the #MeToo movement all the way to. last week. You have chiseled away at a movement that I, along with all of my sisters in the workplace, have been dreaming of for decades. "Grace" stated, "when the waiter came over he quickly asked for the check and he said like, "Let's get off this boat". Later, she suggested Ansari hadn't obeyed her "nonverbal cues" - nonverbal cues that reportedly included undressing and then voluntarily servicing Ansari. I don't think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored, ' she said. Later, Aziz allegedly tried to reinitiate oral sex by pointing to his penis. Therefore, for women in the industry to offhandedly state to simply "leave" when you feel sexually intimidated is undermining of the body's natural response to being mistreated.

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The next day Grace let Ansari know about her anguish and disappointment with the way he did not pick up her "non-verbal clues" and he responded by telling her that he "misread things in the moment", even as he apologised to her. "Last night might've been fun for you, but it wasn't for me", she responded. "I want to make sure you're aware so maybe the next girl doesn't have to cry on the ride home". It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned.

When I first read Babe's story, a couple of things stood out as odd.

Earlier this month, an unnamed woman accused the 34-year-old comedian and actor of aggressive sexual coercion in an article published on Babe.net. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date, ' Ansari acknowledged in a statement to Variety.

"The next day, I got a text from her saying that although 'it may have seemed okay, ' upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable". Although I have previously written a column regarding my respect for Ansari's creative genius, I am disappointed in his unwavering effort to engage in sexual intercourse with someone who was, from her narrative, clearly uninterested. 'It is necessary and long overdue'. - There are better models of fraternal correction than telling the story of the frightful night you spent with comedian Aziz Ansari to a reporter from a casually crude website.

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