Aziz Ansari Article Writer Strikes Back


RECENTLY ASHLEY BANFIELD WHO IS
ONE OF THE HOSTS ON HLN SPOKE ABOUT A STORY REGARDING
AZIZ ANSARI. IT WAS A STORY THAT WAS
PUBLISHED IN BABE MAGAZINE THAT ACCOUNTED, THAT HAD THE
ACCOUNT OF A YOUNG WOMAN WHO WENT ON A DATE WITH HIM AND
FELT UNCOMFORTABLE WITH HIS ADVANCES DURING THE DATE. AFTER THE WOMAN VERBALLY
INDICATED THAT SHE DID NOT WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH HIM HE
STOPPED AND THE DATE ENDED. ASHLEY BANFIELD COMMENTED ON
THAT ACCOUNT BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT IT WAS BEING LUMPED IN
WITH THE ME TOO MOVEMENT. CASES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, RAPE,
SEXUAL HARASSMENT THAT ENDED WOMEN’S CAREERS AND SHE WASN’T
IN FAVOR OF THE WAY IT WAS COVERED. SHE NOT ONLY CRITICIZED THE WAY
IT WAS HANDLED BY THE WOMAN MAKING ACCUSATIONS WHO BY THE
WAY, TO THIS DAY IS ANONYMOUS. THEY USED A PSEUDONYM RATHER
THAN HER REAL NAME. SHE ALSO CRITICIZED KATIE WAY
WHO WAS THE WRITER FOR BABE WHO MADE THE STORY PUBLIC. APPARENTLY KATIE WAY DID NOT
LIKE ASHLEY BANFIELD’S COMMENTARY ON THIS AND SEND EMAIL TO HLN THAT
ASHLEY BANFIELD SHARED WITH HER AUDIENCE AND I WANT TO TALK TO
THE VIDEO TO SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHAT THAT EMAIL SAID. I WANT TO SHARE THIS BECAUSE
I THINK THIS GIVES US AN INSIGHT INTO THE CALIBER OF
THE PERSON WHO HELD THAT NUCLEAR WEAPON THAT WAS WIELDED
ON AZIZ ANSARI’S CAREER. THE CALIBER OF THIS 22-YEAR-OLD
YOUNG WOMAN AND I AM ONLY GOING TO READ A SLIGHT PART OF
HER COMMENTS TO ME. I ASSUME THAT SHE FASHIONS
HERSELF A FEMINIST IN THIS MOVEMENT. ASHLEY, SOMEONE WHO I AM CERTAIN
NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 45 HAS EVER HEARD OF, I HOPE THE 500
RETWEETS ON THE SINGLE WRITEUP MADE THAT BURGUNDY LIPSTICK,
BAD HIGHLIGHTS, SECOND WAVE FEMINIST HAS BEEN RELEVANT FOR A
LITTLE WHILE. THAT IS FROM KATIE WAY WHO WAS
ON CBS THIS MORNING. KATIE WAY ALSO WANTED TO MAKE
PUBLIC THE FULL CONTENT OF HER EMAIL BECAUSE SHE FELT LIKE THAT
WAS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT. I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU READ THE
ENTIRETY OF IT, BUSINESS INSIDER POSTED IT. THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE
EMAIL, YES, SHE DOES SAY THE THINGS THAT WERE RELAYED
TO YOU RIGHT NOW, BUT SHE ALSO TALKS ABOUT HOW GRACE WAS IN A
VULNERABLE POSITION AND HOW DARE YOU ATTACK HER, YOU DISGUST ME,
READ THE WHOLE THING. I DON’T THINK THAT IT MAKES THE
CASE BETTER FOR KATIE WAY, ACTUALLY THINKS IT MAKES IT A
LITTLE WORSE FOR HER BUT REMEMBER, GRACE REMAINS
ANONYMOUS. WE DO NOT KNOW WHO SHE IS AND
SHE IS MAYBE BEING ATTACKED BY SOME PEOPLE ON TV OR ONLINE, BUT
NO ONE KNOWS WHO SHE IS PERSONALLY, A NUMBER OF THINGS HERE. NUMBER ONE, KATIE WAY PICKED AT
THE WRONG TARGET BECAUSE IF YOU ARE A JOURNALIST, DO SOME
RESEARCH. ASHLEY BANFIELD IS ONE OF THE
BEST ANCHORS ON TELEVISION AND IF YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT
HER, YOU SHOULD AND A LOT OF PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 45
DO BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE COVERAGE ON THE INTERNET,
INCLUDING US. SHE WAS ONE OF THE FEW BRAVE
PEOPLE IN THERE AND SHE WAS A RISING STAR AT THE TIME AND
MSNBC PAID A LOT OF MONEY TO GET HER FROM THE OTHER NETWORKS. ONE OF THE FEW BRAVE PEOPLE
BEFORE THE IRAQ WAR WHO GAVE A SPEECH SAYING WE
SHOULDN’T GO. FOR THAT BRAVERY SHE WAS
PUNISHED BY THE CORPORATE MEDIA. MSNBC NOT ONLY TOOK OFF AIR BUT
THEY WOULDN’T LET HER OUT OF HER CONTRACT BECAUSE THEY
DIDN’T WANT ANYONE SPEAKING AGAINST THE WAR ANYWHERE ON TV. AT THE TIME THEY WERE OWNED BY
GE WHICH IS A DEFENSE CONTRACTOR. THAT IS HOW THEY MADE MOST OF
THEIR MONEY AND NOT ONLY THAT, JUST TO TEACH EVERYBODY A
LESSON, THEY MOVED ASHLEY BANFIELD’S OFFICE FROM AN ACTUAL
OFFICE TO INSIDE A CLOSET AND SHE SUFFERED THROUGH ALL OF
THAT AND SHE CAME BACK AND SHE MADE IT BACK ON AIR AND WHEN
SHE WAS ON AIR AT CNN, SHE DID SOME OF THE TOP HIS INTERVIEWS
DURING THE 2012 ELECTIONS. SHE IS ACTUALLY A GREAT
JOURNALIST BUT YOU DIDN’T BOTHER RESEARCHING THAT, YOU
JUST JUDGE HER FOR HER LIPSTICK AND HER HAIR AND HER
AGE WHICH I’M PRETTY SURE IS NOT THE PROGRESSIVE WAY OF
HANDLING THINGS. THE COMMENT ON ASHLEY
BANFIELD’S APPEARANCE IS THE EXACT REASON WHY I DID
WANT TO DO THIS FOLLOW-UP BECAUSE I THINK IT WOULD BE
TOTALLY FAIR TO MAYBE RESPOND TO ASHLEY BANFIELD BASED
ON THE MERITS OF HER ARGUMENTS, MAYBE YOU WANT TO CRITICIZE THE
OPEN LETTER THAT SHE PUT OUT THERE TOWARD GRACE WHO WAS
THE WOMAN THAT YOU WROTE ABOUT. THAT IS COMPLETELY FINE, BUT YOU
IMMEDIATELY WENT TO ATTACKING HER AGE, HER APPEARANCE, HER
LIPSTICK, HER HIGHLIGHTS. THAT IS A REALLY WEIRD POSITION
TO TAKE OR A WEIRD ATTACK TO MAKE CONSIDERING THE FACT
THAT YOU PRIDE YOURSELF ON BEING THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS
FEMINIST WHO WANTS TO PROVIDE A VOICE FOR SOMEONE
LIKE GRACE, WHO BY HER OWN ADMISSION DIDN’T MAKE IT CLEAR
THAT SHE DIDN’T WANT TO HAVE A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH
ANSARI AT THAT MOMENT UNTIL SHE FINALLY SAID NO AND HE
COMPLETELY STOPPED. I WANT TO SHOW ASHLEY BANFIELD’S
TO RESPOND TO HER AS WELL. IT’S VERY SHORT. IF YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN THE
ME TOO MOVEMENT, AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND FEMINISM, THE
LAST THING YOU SHOULD DO IS ATTACK SOMEONE IN AN AD
HOMINEM WAY FOR HER AGE, I’M 50, AND FOR MY HIGHLIGHTS, I WAS
BROWN HAIRED FOR A WHILE WHEN I WAS A WAR CORRESPONDENT
INTERVIEWING YASSER ARAFAT AND IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ,
GAZA AND THE WEST BANK. GOOGLE THOSE PLACES. THAT IS NOT THE WAY WE HAVE THIS
CONVERSATION AS WOMEN OR MEN. WE DON’T ATTACK. AS JOURNALISTS. LET’S BE FRANK. WE DO NOT ATTACK PEOPLE FOR
THEIR AGE OR THEIR HIGHLIGHTS OR THEIR LIPSTICK BECAUSE IT IS
THE MOST HYPOCRITICAL THING A WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE SUPPORTS THE
WOMAN’S MOVEMENT COULD EVER DO. WOW. I APPRECIATE THAT SALTINESS. I REALLY DO. AT AS FAR AS OVERALL STORY,
WHETHER IT WAS ASHLEY BANVILLE THERE ARE COVERAGE
AND LET’S TALK ABOUT OUR COVERAGE FOR A 2ND. I THINK THERE ARE LEGITIMATE
CRITIQUES YOU CAN MAKE AND I THINK SHE COULD’VE GOT IN THAT
DIRECTION. A LOT OF PEOPLE POINTED OUT, YOU
SHOULD’VE EMPHASIZED FOR US, YOU SHOULD BEEN BESIDES MORE OF THE
PARTS WHERE AZIZ ANSARI KEPT INSISTING AND PERSISTING AND
MADE NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS TO HOOK UP AND THEY DID HOOK UP IN
DIFFERENT WAYS AND THEN EVENTUALLY SHE SAID NO. WHETHER YOU WANT TO CALL IT
FEMINIST, PROGRESSIVES ETC. MAKE THOSE CLAIMS AND I THINK
THEY ARE LEGITIMATE. WE CAN DISAGREE ON A LOT OF IT
BUT IT IS FAIR TO POINT OUT. THERE’S ALSO THE ILLEGITIMATE
CRITICISM. A BUNCH OF THE RIGHT-WING CITY
TO CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND THEY SAY YOU GUYS ONLY
CARE ABOUT IT BECAUSE AZIZ ANSARI IS MUSLIM. I HAVE TO BE HONEST, I DIDN’T
EVEN KNOW HE WAS MUSLIM. WHAT DOES THAT HAVE ANYTHING
TO DO WITH THIS? THEY SEE THINGS ONLY IN TERMS OF
GROUPS SO THEY ARE LIKE, AZIZ ANSARI IS A MUSLIM, SO
THEREFORE I HATE HIM AND BELIEVE THE STORY. WE ARE VERY CONSISTENT. ANY TIME A LIBERAL GETS ACCUSED
WE GO AHEAD AND SUPPORT THEM RIGHT? ANYTIME ANYONE WE AGREE WITH
GETS ACCUSED WE AGREE WITH THEM? COME ON, I DON’T CARE ABOUT THAT
CRITICISM AT ALL. FOR LEGITIMATE CRITIQUES, I HEAR
YOU AND THE PERSISTENCE WAS DEFINITELY EVIDENT IN GRACES
ACCOUNT, BUT HERE’S THE THING, SHE DIDN’T MAKE IT CLEAR
THAT SHE WASN’T INTO IT. AT TIME SHE COMPLIED, AT TIMES
SHE CLAIMS SHE MUMBLED SOMETHING UNDER HER BREATH. IT’S NOT CLEAR COMMUNICATION AND
TO PUT IT ALL IN AZIZ ANSARI AND MAKE IT SEEM AS THOUGH HE’S SOME
CRAZY PREDATOR THAT WE ALL NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR, I JUST THINK
THAT IT UNFORTUNATELY COULD DESTROY SOMEONE’S CAREER WHEN
YOU DON’T CLEARLY STATE THAT YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN
HAVING A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT PERSON. AND HE WASN’T THE ONLY ONE IN
THE ROOM. I DON’T WANT TO WAIT TOO MUCH
BACK INTO IT, BUT IT MAKES IT SEEM LIKE AZIZ ANSARI IS
THE ONLY PERSON WITH A COGNITIVE ABILITY THERE WHO CAN
ACTUALLY ACT. THAT IS CRAZY. IF YOU ARE FEMINIST, COURSE YOU
SHOULDN’T BELIEVE THAT. I KNOW WE HAVE LEGITIMATE
DISAGREEMENTS ABOUT THE STORY, HERE’S WHAT I AM NOT OKAY
WITHOUT. I AM NOT OKAY WITH ANYONE
TRYING TO SHUT ME DOWN BECAUSE THEY DON’T AGREE WITH MY
OPINION. I WANT TO HAVE A DIALOGUE. I WANT TO HAVE A CONVERSATION
AND I WANT TO DO SO IN A CIVIL WAY WERE PEOPLE ARE NOT
ATTACKING ONE ANOTHER BASED ON STUPID THINGS LIKE PHYSICAL
APPEARANCE OR WHATEVER. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A DIALOGUE
IN A CONVERSATION LIKE AN ADULT, I HEAR YOU AND I WANT TO
HEAR THIS CRITIQUES BUT IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THAT
YOU WANT TO SHUT PEOPLE DOWN THE SECOND THEY SAY
SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU UNCOMFORTABLE, I’M NOT
INTERESTED IN YOU. IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THAT, BY
OPINIONS AND DIALOGUE, THIS IS NOT THE PROGRAM FOR YOU. LAST THING, AND THE REST OF
THE LETTER YOU ARE RIGHT, SHE DOESN’T DO ANY FAVORS. I HAD NO OPINION ON THE WRITER
BEFORE BUT AFTER INSULTING ASHLEY BANVILLE’S CAREER AND
APPEARANCE, ETC. AND SHE SAYS, I WILL REMEMBER THIS FOR
THE REST OF MY CAREER. I’M 22 AND SO FAR, NOT TOO
SHABBY. I CAN’T. I WAS 22 ONCE AND I KNOW
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE 22 AND THINK THAT YOU ARE ON TOP
OF THE WORLD AND YOU KNOW EVERYTHING AND THEN LIFE RAINS
DOWN ON YOU AND IT HUMBLES YOU. IT’S A COMMON THING. IT WAS TRUMPIAN THE WAY SHE
CAPITALIZED, SHE DISGUSTS ME. THE WAY SHE PUTS THE EXCLAMATION
MARK ON NOT TOO SHABBY. ASHLEY BANFIELD TOOK A STAND
AGAINST A WAR THAT KILLED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND
YOU WROTE THIS PIECE THAT YOU ARE NOW SO PROUD OF AND YOU
THINK THAT MAKES YOUR CAREER BETTER THAN HERS AT THE AGE OF
22 BECAUSE OF THIS PIECE BUT THEN IT MAKES ME THINK THAT MIGHT BE
PART OF THE REASON YOU WROTE THE PIECE BECAUSE HEY, LOOK AT MY
GREAT CAREER. YOU DIDN’T DO ANY FAVORS WITH
THIS LETTER.

58 thoughts on “Aziz Ansari Article Writer Strikes Back

  1. I cannot believe that you guys are being so dense — this whole thing with Anzari is about trying to open the discussion up about how women are pressured sexually. We can agree that assault is wrong, that harassment is wrong. But what qualifies as harassment? What qualifies as assault? Is it alright to pressure someone sexually? This topic is about sexual pressure, and the assumptions that disrupt the healthy ability of communication necessary to establish consent. And acting like Anzari's career is over because someone questioned his conduct is overly dramatic — he's very wealthy and I doubt he's suffered directly from this situation as of yet. And we need to make sure people have the space to come forward and challenge the ways people have treated them in ways that hurt them. Maybe this individual woman Grace is not being sincere, I don't know for sure. But what I do know for sure is that I, and most other women, have experienced situations where were were repeatedly pressured to have sex with someone. And it's dehumanizing and it causes a lot of trauma and stress. I don't want to have to constantly move some guy's hand off my leg, or find a way to say no to him without jeopardizing my career or my social standing in my community or my personal safety. I want the default to be that no one has the right to touch me unless we are both want that to happen. And I want the person who is touching me to really not want to touch me unless I really want them to — to try and make sure that our pleasure is mutual. When the two of you act as if this is some sort of far-fetched idea, it's gaslighting. Pressuring someone to do something that they don't want to do is a common problem, and most people would agree that it is wrong to do that, in most situations. So, Grace wanting to open the discussion about sexual assault to include sexual pressure that women face ALL THE TIME seems pretty legit to me. And Anzari can step up and take the critique, and learn from it and grow and be an advocate for that process. And weighting his right to a wildly successful career in the entertainment industry over someone's health and safety seems pretty ridiculous to me. Maybe he'll only be moderately successful after this; but even so he has agency in how he responds to this situation, he has an incredible amount of power and resources at his disposal, and he will be making more than any laborer ever no matter what. I think the way that you guys decided to cover this entire topic is super disappointing.

  2. The moment Ansari said he was getting a condom she should have left or said something about it, that is all it is to it. You are alone with him and he clearly is interest on more than "Chillin'" so…you said something like "I need to go" and the whole situation would be avoided. Regret is not saying no.

  3. Did he force himself on top of her? did he force her head down when she sucked him off? Did he have a weapon so she felt threatened into performing sexual acts? Foh

  4. Not much needs to be said about this Katie Way chick. The fact that she resorted to insulting Ashleigh Banfield instead of responding in a proper, respectful, intelligent manner is proof enough she sorely lacks maturity.

  5. Aziz initially rejected the girl. The girl was the one who targeted him. She went in there WANTING to be victimized.

  6. all women have a certain trump card, its called a rape allegation. It doesn't matter if its not true it'll ruin any mans life, and it's almost always guilty until proven innocent when really thats not how the judicial system works. People don't talk about it because Men are seen as aggressors and theres a narrative that women are helpless in every situatiton

  7. Holy Guacamole
    Grace did say she doesn't want sex serveral times! and he still kept trying. That's the precise problem.
    So tired of this story being misrepresented everywhere.

  8. Name calling is the most immature way to handle it. Slamming her highlights and lipstick is so 1st grade playground bully

  9. Why is the woman's name anonymous? So someone can abuse aziz verbally or physically and his career can be destroyed by this scandal, that's completely fine but no her name and her identity should be kept anonymous. Crap

  10. The chick got oral sex but didn’t want to return the favor and that tells you all you need to know about her. Bye Felicia

  11. Oh my gosh… look… If I was that girl and a guy couldn't take a hint I would be grumpy, but I wouldn't accuse him of freaking sexual assault. We need to learn that it is okay to speak up if we are not comfortable with something and to say NO rather than basically going along with things and claiming rape after the fact.

  12. someone please release her name. Im sure me and plenty of others would like to have our 2 cents to give to her.

  13. I've definitely heard of Ashley Banfield…Katy Way? Not ever, until now. I'm not sure what she thought she was doing but calling her irrelevant, was just wrong as Ashley is FAR more relevant than this Katy person probably will ever be.
    Have a great day.

  14. The writer honestly disgusts me. Immediately targets a critic for her appearance. Disgusting.

  15. I was down with this video until Cenk claimed that people on the right are playing identity politics in saying that leftists only protected Ansari because he was Muslim. This is clearly Cenk looking for a way to bash the right. Folks on every side were in agreement that this was an example of hyper-feminist overreach.

  16. Strong reason why I will not date anyone in their 20s. The insecurity and unresolved issues coupled with the identity misplacement we all go through are all the wrong things to bring to a relationship.

  17. Ashleigh Banfeild you should stop attacking Chris Watts daily his physical appearance now and before and realize his parents
    Were also the grandparents of
    The Watts children and Shanann s
    Brother spoke affectionately of them .Why dont you listen to yourself?

  18. Feminists are hypocrites, nothing new. And the Aziz story is a non-story, it was a bad date, it was not sexual harassment. As far as "non-verbal clue", she gave him two blowjobs, when she said stop he did, what else is a man supposed to do? honestly, absolute retards.

  19. Bad date, bad sex are unfortunate. But there's no case, period.
    And Katie Way is no Feminist… she disqualified herself by using anti-women language and not even trying to talk on the subject.

  20. YouTube is the most BAIT CLICK website on the planet. Stop suggesting shit like this to me. I DON'T CARE YOUTUBE! and yes i mean "bait click" such as race baiting or gender baiting…. just stop

  21. Abby and Katie are trash. This is what makes people skeptical about this movement. I'm not gonna take someone who calls herself a journalist seriously when all they can do is attack someone for their age and looks.

  22. What kind of a women goes on a date with someone, upon sexual advances goes to their house afterwards, than claims she was sexually assaulted? She could have just paid the dinner bill and walked her stupid ass home.

  23. Aziz got thrown into the metoo movement because a girl regretted giving him a blowjob. He didn’t force her, he didn’t tell her she couldn’t leave. She was with a celebrity, didn’t want to say no. And then after the fact, called it assault. This is a very dangerous pendulum when “regret” become assault. Even her account of the story, at no point did she say she was forced to do what she did. She decided to go back to his place. She made the decision to have a sexual encounter with him, and then regretted it and then publicly wrote about it. I support women who have had a genuine assault agains’t them, but this never fell into that category. It was a sad attempt at retribution for somebody who got influenced to do something she had the power to say no to, but didn’t.

  24. Can really nothing still be kinda normal like in the rest of the civilized world?
    Now we are that far that a man and a woman need to sign a contract of consensus… the one with a hard on and the other with a wet vagina……..?????

  25. This is for the “Katy” person who covered “Grace’s” story , you are a very unprofessional person and have a lot to learn, you insulted the woman and then you say “it got taken out of context”..how?? Meanwhile your explanations made you look even worse than you seem and I am appalled you are a journalist👀👀👀..who doesn’t think she can learn a thing or two from those who have come before her..quite unfortunate..you insulted her age, looks..etc do your research! Don’t come and disgrace yourself next time..learn how to behave, have an intelligent conversation with a woman who has had a stellar career and knows what she is talking about..you might learn something new😒

  26. Katie admits she is a racist and hates white people. Even though she loves living in their great countries.

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