Seemingly having learned from the truly terrible response from once philosopher-king, now stink covered dink Louis CK, Aziz Ansari addressed the fallout of his own misconduct, and his new reputation in a stand up set discussing the events described in the now infamous Babe.net article where Ansari inappropriately pressured a young woman into a sexual situation, misreading the signals. Now, Ansari is back, and although his stand up sets have raised some concerns, as the guy who once made a name for himself for his understanding and sympathetic material, now became material about “outrage” and “PC” culture, his statement on what he learned from the past year was sensitive and understanding.
According to Vulture.com:
“[Aziz] began by saying that he loves being back in New York. He recalled a guy on the street telling him he loved his Netflix show, only to realize he was talking about Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act. The guy quickly realized his mistake. “‘Oh, no, Aziz, right?’ Yeah, yeah, that’s me. ‘Master of None!’ Yeah, yeah, that’s me. ‘Parks and Rec!’ Yeah, yeah, that’s me. ‘Treat yourself!’ Yeah, yeah, that’s me. ‘And you had the whole thing come out last year — sexual misconduct?’ No, no, no, no, no, no, that’s Hasan!”
Aziz then continued more seriously on the subject, saying:
“it’s a terrifying thing to talk about.. There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way. But you know, after a year, how I feel about it is, I hope it was a step forward. It made me think about a lot, and I hope I’ve become a better person.” Ansari recalled a conversation in which a friend told him it made him rethink every date he’s been on: “If that has made not just me but other guys think about this, and just be more thoughtful and aware and willing to go that extra mile, and make sure someone else is comfortable in that moment, that’s a good thing.”
Indeed, the Aziz Ansari incident has opened up the conversation in minor ways pressure, and acts from men that may cross boundaries without being criminal but can hurt a person, impact women’s lives. It sounds as if he is reflecting on this.
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