The Aziz Ansari Controversy

In the wake of all the sexual assault cases in many facets of society – Hollywood, the music industry, and even government it’s a very important time for women’s rights and the #MeToo movement.

Finally, women can speak out about misconduct and misuse of power with the use of sexual harassment and assault. More and more people are being justly punished for their crimes as women are having the courage to speak up. But as it is with any movement while there are many amazing people pushing it forward, there are always a few, possibly misguided, slowing it down.

The #METOO movement and all of its praise has also been feared and gathers amounts of criticism, such as “why did she wait so long to say anything”, “it’s kinda he said she said” and “well she is probably lying.”  These are all quotes from reporters on major American television networks, that sadly discuss an interesting point, that under the scrutiny that these people accused of sexual assault receive, it is possible for someone to falsely claim assault or harassment in order to slander and destroy someone’s career and or reputation. Yet, why this criticism is often disregarded is because it’s very unlikely and statistically it is very unlikely, there have been some small incidents of false claims like this, yet generally there is extensive research done into the truth of the claims and for the most part women don’t use sexual assault cases as weapons, but it only takes one major story to fuel a critics fire.

Recently, a scandal broke about beloved academy award-winning actor and comedian Aziz Ansari. The women who remained anonymous stating her fake name as “Grace” released the account to Babe publishing in a long article posted a week after the incident., and to grasp a full understanding TAKE would recommend reading it but in summation, a women went on a date with Aziz Ansari went back to his place, it became sexually heightened quickly, she felt uncomfortable by the escalation. 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.”, after more protest Grace and Aziz had a sex filled evening, Grace went home in tears and disheartened.

The summary is as brief as possible and again TAKE would recommend reading it as due to the fine nuance in the articles details, however, it is prompted for many, debates regarding sex in our culture, and the #METOO movement.

Ashley Banfield a reporter for CNN and an outspoken supporter for the #METOO movement, criticised the accuser in an open letter,

“Dear Grace, not your real name you had the privilege of remaining anonymous, I’m sorry you had a bad date,” Banfield began. “I’ve had a few myself. They stink… what you did by going to the press was “appalling,” and compromising to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. By your account, this was not sexual assault… he was not in a position power, he was merely a jerk.”

She received both praise and criticism for her comments.

This story has been the poster boy for controversy among the women rights movement, but with everything, it is important to remember that there will always be misguided people on both sides of every argument, its the same as acknowledging that not every man accused of sexual assault is guilty of it and that not every women accusing men of sexual assault is lying.