It’s been nearly 10 months since allegations against comedian Aziz Ansari surfaced from an anonymous woman who said she felt “pressured” to engage in sexual activity with him during a date last fall. Ansari has called the sexual activity “completely consensual” while the woman said she was “giving off cues that [she] wasn’t interested.”
Since the accusations, opinions on the matter have been polarizing. Feminist author Jessica Valenti tweeted that “what the culture considers normal sexual encounters are … oftentimes harmful.” Female New York Times
opinion columnist Bari Weiss called the claims “arguably the worst thing that has happened to the #MeToo movement since it began.” The Atlantic writer Caitlin Flanagan wrote that there seems to be “a whole country full of young women who don’t know how to call a cab.”
So, where does this leave Ansari and his career? Will fans embrace him on what is essentially a comeback tour? Netflix announced in June that they would like to work with him on a new season of Master of None
, so maybe he’s using these stand-up performances to test the waters. There really are only two things he can do: sink or swim.
$42.50-$68.50, Thu Nov. 8, 7pm & 9:30pm, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.
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