Aziz Ansari’s co-star is finally speaking on the controversial sexual misconduct accusations against Ansari.
“Master of None” actress Lena Waithe opened up to 89.3 KPCC’s “The Frame“, saying that not every situation is “black and white,” and people need to be educated on what consent is because “there are no sides” in some scenarios.
“Here’s the truth—in every situation, it’s not always black and white,” said Waithe. “And I know that’s simple for people, and it’s easy for people to go, ‘Whose side are you on?’ Like, there are no sides, really, in some of these scenarios. Some of them, there are.”
Continuing, “I’m not on Harvey Weinstein’s side, I’m not on Kevin Spacey’s side. But I think… you have to take each situation [individually]. You can’t just say, Well, I’m on this person’s team’ or ‘I’m on that person’s team.’ It doesn’t work that way.”
Many people have sided with Ansari, suggesting that by the accuser’s own retelling of the story, everything that occurred on her “bad date” with Ansari was consensual.
Ansari confirmed he and a woman had engaged in sexual activity, “which by all indications was completely consensual,” and that she texted him the following day to tell him that “although it may have seemed okay, upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable.”
“We have to start re-educating ourselves about what consent is, what’s appropriate behaviour at the workplace,” continued Waithe. “We have to sort of create codes of conduct.”
“It’s about really sitting with yourself and educating yourself in terms of what consent is, what it looks like, what it feels like, what it sounds like,” she concluded. “And all of us starting to really act accordingly based on this new information that I think we have now. We all gotta start talking to each other, start educating each other.”