Apparently there is a whole country full of young women who don’t know how to call a cab, and who have spent a lot of time picking out pretty outfits for dates they hoped would be nights to remember. They’re angry and temporarily powerful and last night they destroyed a man who didn’t deserve it.
In response to these allegations, Ansari released a statement expressing how he was “surprised and concerned” to hear about the woman’s description of the night’s events and that he “took her words to heart and responded privately after taking time to process what she had said” but also made clear that “by all indications [the sex] was completely consensual.”
Some might revel in the fact that a so-called “woke” progressive like Ansari would end up on the receiving end of a feminist movement gone awry, yet the incident does seem to be causing even some on the left to reconsider their blind devotion to the #metoo movement.
Daily Beast senior editor and feminist writer Erin Gloria Ryan expressed discomfort that “a detailed story of a weird hookup with a sexually inept celebrity” has become “newsworthy” and pointed out that “not everything shitty is illegal.”
Last week in New York Magazine, Andrew Sullivan asked readers to “resist the excesses of #metoo,” comparing the rush to condemn men accused of a spectrum of behavior to McCarthyites.
There’s clearly a difference between a man like Harvey Weinstein who allegedly systematically assaulted and abused various women through his financial and social power versus an awkward nerd like Ansari. Refusing to recognize such differences won’t just lead to the ostracization of innocent men, but it makes it much harder for real victims to come forward.