Indian-origin actor Aziz Ansari finds himself in a major controversy after a website named Babe published an account of a 23-year old Brooklyn-based photographer, accusing him of sexual misconduct. Ansari and the woman, identified as Grace in the article, protecting real identity, had been on a date last year after crossing paths on a couple of occasions.
Grace is a 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer, then aged 22. We are not using her real name to protect her identity because she is not a public figure. She says Ansari brushed her off at first, but after he realized they both brought the same kind of camera to the event, an old model from the 80s, he was impressed.
They flirted a little — he took two pictures of her, she snapped some of him — and then she and her date went back to the dance floor. “It was like, one of those things where you’re aware of the other person all night,” she said. “We would catch eyes every now and then.”
The report comes a week after Ansari became the first South-Asian actor to win a Golden Globe For Best Actor In TV Show. He had won Best Actor for his Netflix show “Master Of None”. Ansari had extended his support to the #MeToo movement by wearing a “Time’s Up” pin at the event.
The victim accused Ansari of initiating sex without caring for her consent.
Whether Ansari didn’t notice Grace’s reticence or knowingly ignored it is impossible for her to say. “I know I was physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested. I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored.”
Ansari wanted to have sex. She said she remembers him asking again and again, “Where do you want me to fuck you?” while she was still seated on the countertop. She says she found the question tough to answer because she says she didn’t want to fuck him at all.
The accusations have led to a huge outrage on Twitter, with most expressing shock.
This is awful.
Moments of straight-up ignoring being told “no,” as well as a detailed account of coerced consent. The latter is also entirely sexual assault and too few guys understand this.
(Likely not the last Aziz story either) https://t.co/Z17Mp952Hc
— Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane) January 14, 2018
If you think the story about Aziz Ansari is just a “bad date” then you literally don’t understand how complex rape and sexual assault can be. If a person is repeatedly telling and giving you indications they do not want to have sex w/ you, then you should stop & not try anything
— Kayla Morosco (@catsaesthetics) January 14, 2018
This case with Aziz Ansari is just further proof of how prevalent sexual assault is in our society. Even the so-called “nice guys” are often at the root of the issue. It’s particularly troubling because Ansari is someone who capitalized off of respecting women. https://t.co/UYXPsXEfcI
— Kelly (@kellyblaus) January 14, 2018
The thing about the Aziz Ansari allegations is that A LOT of men, even at 34, don’t understand that unless it’s an enthusiastic and obvious “YES” it’s not consensual. Coercion is not consent. Just because she didn’t kick and scream and claw your face off you think it’s fine.
— Rayana Dgi (@RayanaDonn) January 14, 2018
I just read this and my legs are literally shaking and I feel nauseous, this is awful and upsetting but serious TW for assault https://t.co/zffH84TnLH
— cat • h • y (@catherinebouris) January 14, 2018
This is disappointing on so many levels. I was a huge fan of Aziz Ansari and Master of None. I won’t be able to see him and his work the same way ever again. My heart goes out to that poor girl. https://t.co/G9uiC2FLSj
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) January 14, 2018