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Aziz Ansari Sexual Misconduct Allegation Troubles Asian Americans

Aziz Ansari won Best TV Actor (Musical or Comedy) at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. From YouTube/NBC.

Indian American comedian Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct Saturday by a Brooklyn-based photographer days after his history-making Golden Globes win for his performance in Master of None.

The alleged victim relayed her September 2017 date with Ansari to the publication Babe under the pseudonym “Grace,” recounting the discomfort she felt as they began performing sexual acts in Ansari’s Manhattan apartment. She claimed that despite using “verbal and non-verbal cues” to express her unease, Ansari persisted to the point that “Grace” felt she had been “violated.” She allegedly voiced her discomfort to Ansari via text message the following day.

Ansari responded to the allegations Sunday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor acknowledged that the two had “[engaged] in sexual activity,” but claimed the acts were “completely consensual.” He also acknowledged her text message the following day, saying that he “took her words to heart.” He concluded by reasserting his support for “the movement that is happening in our culture,” presumably referring to the anti-sexual assault movement.

Many Asian Americans voiced their disappointment in Ansari, a stark contrast from the praise he received just days prior as the first Asian American man to win a Golden Globe for Best Actor In A TV Series, Comedy.

 

 

 

Writer Aditi Juneja suggested on Medium that Ansari’s alleged sexual misconduct be used as an opportunity for the South Asian community to include women’s perspectives in discussions about sexual assault.

“The defenses of Ansari that I have seen from within the South Asian community…fail to consider the experiences of South Asian women,” Juneja writes. “Asian American women, like women across racial groups, experience high rates of domestic and sexual violence. It would not be absurd to think Ansari represents a broader problem.”

The allegations against Ansari emerged two weeks after the founding of Time’s Up, an anti-sexual harassment movement. Ansari was seen at the Golden Globes wearing a “Time’s Up” pin.

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  1. RE: Aziz Ansari Sexual Misconduct Allegation Troubles Asian Americans: As a mother I taught my sons that women should be respected and that they should ask them what want and they should express what they are looking for in turn. I also explained it’s better to walk away from a woman who can’t give you what you want than to suffer jail time if you pressure her!!! I have also taught my sons NEVER EVER EVER pay a to compliment a woman when they are at work. Their pay check dictates why they shouldn’t. And they wouldn’t compliment a guy about his looks at work don’t do it to women. This lesson works and helps them avoid any mistakes or miscommunication. Sure people say they are mean but when they explain it solves so many problems.
    I believe that mothers need to take a more active role when it comes to educating their sons about sexuality in general. We should be teaching the emotional and psychological aspects. We all so be teaching them about some of the underhanded things people can and do. It’s our responsibility to start raising theses children and stop letting society and Mass Media do it for us.

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