HLN host Ashleigh Banfield blasts Aziz Ansari accuser for 'reckless' claims

HLN host Ashleigh Banfield blasts Aziz Ansari accuser for 'reckless' claims

HLN host Ashleigh Banfield blasts Aziz Ansari accuser for 'reckless' claims

Over the weekend, a story broke at the online publication Babe detailing a sexual encounter between Golden Globe-winning "Master of None" star Aziz Ansari and an anonymous woman who went by "Grace" for the purposes of the report.

Aziz Ansari, an American comedian and actor known for his Netflix series Master of None, is now in the eye of a storm, after a young woman named "Grace" was interviewed by online publication babe.net about a sexual encounter with Ansari that left her feeling "violated". "We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual", Ansari wrote in a statement obtained by CNN on Sunday. "It is necessary and long overdue", Ansari's statement concluded.

Aziz Ansari poses with the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for "Master of None" at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles January 7, 2018.

"If that is the worst night of your life", I thought when I finished the piece.

"Throughout the course of her short time in the apartment, she says she used verbal and non-verbal cues to indicate how uncomfortable and distressed she was", Babe reported. Perhaps there is an unfortunate power deferential between men and and women that makes these icky encounters more traumatic, but we're acting like this is something men exclusively do to women. I once dated a woman who tried to fuck me every night after I'd fallen asleep, and I'd just roll onto my stomach and start snoring.

"I said 'I don't want to feel forced because then I'll hate you, and I'd rather not hate you, ' " she says she told Ansari.

The Aziz Ansari you see in public is different from the Aziz Ansari you might meet in private. The next day, I got a text from her saying that although it may have seemed okay she felt uncomfortable. Lucky you. But as you grow in your photography career, I really do hope you remember what you did to someone else's career all because of that bad date that was not sexual assault, that was not sexual harassment, by your description. Later, after some halting, awkward sex stuff, she leaves in a vehicle and cries on the way home. "I think you have to be verbal", fellow panelist Rob Riggle added.

If I could pinpoint the moment Grace mentally withdrew her consent, it has to be after Ansari performed what Grace termed "the claw", sticking two fingers down her throat, then rubbing them on her genitals - a move I could have lived a long and happy life without knowing about.

"What exactly was your beef?" After protesting his moves, you did not get up and leave right away. I was debating if this was an awkward sexual experience or sexual assault. "You had a bad date", Banfield said. People have pointed out that when women reject men, they get killed, but in those situations, I was never afraid for my safety. "By your description, your sexual encounter was unpleasant", she said. The single most distressing thing to me about Grace's story is that the only person with any agency in the story seems to be Grace is merely acted upon. It sucks. The feminist answer is to push for a culture in which boys and young men are taught that sex does not have to be pursued like they're in a porn film, and one in which girls and young women are empowered to be bolder, braver and louder about what they want.

"If you just had an unpleasant sexual experience, you should have gone home ..."

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