- Aziz Ansari addressed the Babe.net scandal in his new stand-up special “Right Now,” which debuted on Netflix on Tuesday.
- In January 2018, Babe.net published the story of a woman who said she went on a date with Ansari in which he was sexually pushy, and ignored her “verbal and non-verbal cues” that she wasn’t comfortable.
- In his stand-up special, Ansari said he “felt terrible” about what happened, and hopes that the story helped other people “be more thoughtful.”
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A year-and-a-half after the now defunct Babe.net published an anonymous woman’s claim about being sexually assaulted by Aziz Ansari, the comedian has addressed the scandal in a new stand-up special.
In January 2018, Babe.net published the story of a woman they called “Grace,” who said she went out on a date with Ansari in which he was sexually pushy, and ignored her “verbal and non-verbal cues” that she wasn’t comfortable.
The story came at the height of the #MeToo movement, with many critics saying that the allegation against Ansari went too far and didn’t meet the definition of sexual assault.
On Tuesday, the comedian’s new special “Right Now” dropped on Netflix, and he wasted no time addressing the scandal that nearly brought down his career.
He said he’s found talking about the sexual misconduct claims “tricky” because “I felt so many things in the last year or so.”
“There’s times I felt scared, there’s times I felt humiliated, there’s times I felt embarrassed – and ultimately I just felt terrible that this person felt this way,” he said.
He went on to say “it moved things forward for me. It made me think about a lot. I hope I become a better person.”
Ansari recalled what a friend told him after the story broke, saying it made him reflect on every date he’s ever been on.
“And I thought, wow, that’s pretty incredible. If this made not just me, but other people, be more thoughtful, then that’s a good thing,” Ansari said.
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