Ansari’s performance in New York is among his first since resurfacing after a woman claimed that he pressured her into having sex. Kaling attended Ansari’s show and posted a picture of her ticket on Instagram with the caption, “Funniest shit ever. ❤️”
“Can we stop supporting sexual abusers already?” one commenter remarked on Kaling’s post.
Others agreed with the sentiment. Kaling spent much of Friday responding to comments and deleting ones that she found inflammatory or unfair, according to Vanity Fair, including one which likened his behavior to that of singer R. Kelly, who was recently charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
“I think comparing Aziz to R. Kelly was offensive and degrading to the victims of R. Kelly, so yeah, I deleted it,” she said, according to BuzzFeed.
Kaling argued that she thinks “it would be more cowardly to be his friend and not come to his defense when people disparage him in public.”
She claimed that Ansari used his platform to reflect on his experience and that “he talked about [it] eloquently.”
“I’m a feminist and standing up for women is very important to me,” Kaling said. “I’m not rehabbing him [because] I think he did a fine job doing it himself.”
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