Aziz Ansari: Lena Waithe Breaks Silence on Allegations Against ‘Master of None’ Co-Star

Lena Waithe believes education along with dialogue is usually a vital part of the Time’s Up initiative.

The Chi creator, who also stars on Master of None with Aziz Ansari, opened up in an interview on KPCC’s The Frame radio show about the recent allegation against her co-star — with whom she shares an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series — along with why there needs to be a “re-education” of what consent means.

“Here’s the truth — in every situation, This particular’s not always black along with white,” the 33-year-old actress along with filmmaker explained. “along with I know which’s simple for people, along with This particular’s easy for people to [ask], ‘Whose side are you on?’ There are no sides, definitely, in some of these scenarios. I’m not on Harvey Weinstein’s side, I’m not on Kevin Spacey’s side. yet I think you have to take each situation [individually]. You can’t just say, ‘Well, I’m on This particular person’s team, or I’m on which person’s team.’ This particular doesn’t work which way.”

“along with I think if we’re unwilling to have a dialogue, we’re gonna continue to keep hitting our heads against the wall,” she added. “We have to start reeducating ourselves about what consent is usually, what’s appropriate behavior at the workplace. We have to create codes of conduct. Those are things which we need.”

“‘Cause also I think there’s an element of — how do you know if you’re breaking a rule if you aren’t aware of the rules? Or how do you know what appropriate behavior is usually if no one’s ever communicated to you what appropriate behavior is usually?” Waithe posited. “Even though some people may assume, ‘Well, of course we all know what appropriate behavior is usually,’ yet some people may not know.”

Education over just apologizing along with moving on, Waithe feels, is usually key.

“This particular’s about definitely educating ourselves along with not stepping in This particular along with just [saying], ‘Oh, I’m sorry. My bad’ — along with sort of keep going. yet This particular’s about definitely sitting with yourself along with educating yourself in terms of what consent is usually, what This particular looks like, what This particular feels like, what This particular sounds like. along with all of us starting to definitely act accordingly based on This particular brand-new information which I think we have today,” she explained. “We all gotta start talking to each various other, start educating each various other.”

Get more of her interview here.

The allegation against Ansari was published on Babe.net, where a 23-year-old photographer, who chose to remain anonymous, claimed which she along with the 34-year-old actor went on a date in brand-new York City in 2017, after which, she claimed they went to his apartment where they engaged in sexual activity, which she says left her feeling “violated.” 

“In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back along with forth along with eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, along with afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual,” Ansari said in a statement after the story arrived.

“The next day, I got a text via her saying which although ‘This particular may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable,” he continued. “This particular was true which everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard which This particular was not the case for her, I was surprised along with concerned. I took her words to heart along with responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said.”
 
“I continue to support the movement which is usually happening in our culture. This particular is usually necessary along with long overdue,” he concluded, seemingly referencing the #MeToo movement as well as #TimesUp, which he supported at the Golden Globes, wearing both all black along with the pin.

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