The jury is out on whether Aziz Ansari gets a pass from the #MeToo movement
Over the weekend, the website Babe told the story of a woman named “Grace” who recounted her sexual assault at the hands of comedian Aziz Ansari. However, women can’t seem to agree on whether the worst night of Grace’s life really counts as assault.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) January 15, 2018
The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo wraps up what happened:
After Grace collected herself in the bathroom, she said the pressuring continued. “He sat back and pointed to his penis and motioned for me to go down on him. And I did. I think I just felt really pressured. It was literally the most unexpected thing I thought would happen at that moment because I told him I was uncomfortable,” she told the magazine.
“It took a really long time for me to validate this as sexual assault,” said Grace. “I believe that I was taken advantage of by Aziz. I was not listened to and ignored. It was by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had.”
"The account from Grace reads like an awkward sexual encounter with an entitled celebrity. It does not read like an account of sexual assault. …Maybe Ansari will learn that … wokeness might come full circle and devour you." –@AmandaPresto https://t.co/Rk305wFLVQ
— Stephen Herreid (@StephenHerreid) January 15, 2018
A few usually “woke” publications also published defenses of Ansari. At The Atlantic, under the headline “The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari,” Caitlin Flanagan argued that the Babe piece was nothing but “revenge porn.”
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) January 15, 2018
Was Grace frozen, terrified, stuck? No. She tells us that she wanted something from Ansari and that she was trying to figure out how to get it. She wanted affection, kindness, attention. Perhaps she hoped to maybe even become the famous man’s girlfriend. He wasn’t interested. What she felt afterward—rejected yet another time, by yet another man—was regret. And what she and the writer who told her story created was 3,000 words of revenge porn.
And then there was a piece by Bari Weiss in The New York Times, headlined “Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader”:
This Aziz Ansari story is deeply irresponsible journalism.
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) January 14, 2018
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) January 16, 2018
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