It seems as though the internet has been flooded with actors, directors and producers being accused of some pretty serious sexual assault allegations, and unfortunately, to many people's surprise, Aziz Ansari is joining the likes of James Franco and Ed Westwick in being some of the most recently accused.
If you don't know the comedian from his roles in Parks and Recreation or his Netflix series, Master of None, then you might recognize his name from this past win at the Golden Globes this weekend (he won Best Actor in a TV series). The comedian and actor is not only known for being hilarious but also being one of the nicer guys in Hollywood, making a name for himself by calling for the respect for women in the industry, which is why so many people were blindsided by what hit the news this past weekend.
Over the weekend an article hit the internet showcasing an extremely detailed story of a woman's experience with Aziz. She spoke of how she had met Aziz at a party and they had bonded over both loving old film cameras. From there they exchanged phone numbers and eventually went on a date, but the event turned sour when the woman claimed that Aziz was unable to understand that "no" meant "no."
The level of detail in the story is what caught a lot of people's attention considering that the public hasn't witnessed a story regarding someone in Hollywood being this descriptive since the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns started. While people were reluctant to believe that a comedian they loved and seemed so innocent could be capable of such things, the details of the story don't lie. Not only was the victim able to provide text conversation screenshots, but she also let the media verify Aziz's number that she provided.
While there is no question that something did happen that night, considering Aziz did apologize in the text conversation however he also claimed that he didn't realize that she was uncomfortable. It opens up yet another debate revolving around the #MeToo topic. Are men allowed to "not realize" and continue to persist and should the victim have known to just leave if Aziz was acting creepy or persistant? Or could the victim have engaged but then later regretted it the next morning, and if so is that a valid reason to prosecute? The internet is pretty divided on it and while it's unclear on this grey area, Aziz's most recent statement echoes what he had said in the same text conversation.