Harassment or Bad Date? Twitter divided over sexual assault allegation against Aziz Ansari

All hell broke loose on social media on Sunday, when Master of None star Aziz Ansari was accused of sexually assaulting a woman he had dated in September 2017. A Brooklyn-based photographer shared a first-hand account of how a date with the actor turned into a nightmare.

Ansari, for the uninitiated is one of the most vocal feminists in Hollywood and had once famously said: “I feel like if you do believe that, if you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work,” he says, joking, “You can’t be like, ‘Oh yeah I’m a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.’ Oh, so you’re a dermatologist? ‘Oh no, that’s way too aggressive of a word! No no not at all not at all.” 

In the article of Babe.net, the lady called it ‘by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had’. Revealing the graphic details, Grace claimed that when after the date they returned to Ansari’s posh Tribeca apartment, the actor grew aggressive and repeatedly placed her hands on his crotch. He allegedly also stuck two of his fingers in her throat and then tried to insert them into her vagina.

Grace said that she asked him to slow down and told him that she was uncomfortable. Despite giving verbal and non-verbal cues, Ansari coerced her into performing oral sex on him, Grace alleged. She recalled that she was in tears when  finally managed to get out of the apartment. She shared a screenshot of her text messages with Ansari after the horrible encounter. The Park and Recreation star apologised for his behaviour.

While there was an outpouring of support for the woman, others felt that Ansari, despite not being a gentleman, didn’t qualify to be termed a sexual assaulter. Many felt that the episode highlighted the importance of understanding non-verbal consent, and wondered if consent was coerced because he was a celebrating.

 Other commentators even felt that such accusations of sexual assault, would undermine the #MeToo movement. Another wrote: “Sorry. A bad date – even a date from hell – is not sexual assault. Muddying the waters like this does a serious disservice to actual victims of sexual assault.”

Check out the tweets below:

“A bad date with Aziz Ansari is not a crime”