Amy Schumer has responded to the allegations against Aziz Ansari and is talking about the change she hopes will come out of the #MeToo movement.
The 36-year-old comedian sat down for an interview on The Katie Couric Podcast and was asked about the controversy surrounding her friend Ansari after a woman recounted a sexual encounter with him in an article on Babe, calling it “the worst night of my life.”
“I don’t think anyone wants to see Aziz’s career ruined or his life ruined or anything like that, but that’s where people’s minds go,” Schumer told Couric. “They go, ‘Does he deserve this?’ And it’s really not about that. I think it’s about expressing and showing women that that behaviour is not okay and not only can you leave, but you need to leave. Because then the women who come after you, you’re leaving a mark for them too.”
“He’s been my friend and I really feel for the woman,” Schumer said of the “Master of None” star and his accuser, who went by the name Grace. “I identify with all the women in these situations. Even if it’s my friend, I don’t go, ‘Oh, but he’s a good guy.’ I think, What would it feel like to have been her?”
Schumer also spoke about the importance of talking about sexual misconduct in cases even where the act might not be criminal.
“If you have a doctor that makes you uncomfortable, or you get a massage, or you have a date with someone and they coerce you in a situation like the Aziz one, I don’t think there’s any sort of criminal charge, but I think that it’s good for everybody to learn that that behaviour’s not acceptable.
“It’s not a crime, but it’s not cool. And it can still really mess with a woman.”
The “Trainwreck” star admitted that the conversation can be hard, but “we just can’t let things continue the way they’ve continued because there are so many different levels of it.”
“I’ve been flat-out raped,” Schumer told Couric at one point. “But there are so many other kinds of sexual misconduct. We’ve all — every woman I know, every woman in this room — we’ve all had these experiences. And in this current climate, it brings these things up and you go, ‘God, none of that was okay.’”
Schumer is hopeful that men will begin to change their behaviour. “A lot of the men in my life are open to self-reflection and evolving and I am.”