Over the weekend, the website Babe told the story of a woman named “Grace” who recounted her sexual assault at the hands of comedian Aziz Ansari. However, women can’t seem to agree on whether the worst night of Grace’s life really counts as assault.

The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo wraps up what happened:

After Grace collected herself in the bathroom, she said the pressuring continued.

“He sat back and pointed to his penis and motioned for me to go down on him. And I did. I think I just felt really pressured. It was literally the most unexpected thing I thought would happen at that moment because I told him I was uncomfortable,” she told the magazine.

“It took a really long time for me to validate this as sexual assault,” said Grace. “I believe that I was taken advantage of by Aziz. I was not listened to and ignored. It was by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had.”

A few usually “woke” publications also published defenses of Ansari. At The Atlantic, under the headline “The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari,” Caitlin Flanagan argued that the Babe piece was nothing but “revenge porn.”

Flanagan writes:

Was Grace frozen, terrified, stuck? No. She tells us that she wanted something from Ansari and that she was trying to figure out how to get it. She wanted affection, kindness, attention. Perhaps she hoped to maybe even become the famous man’s girlfriend. He wasn’t interested. What she felt afterward—rejected yet another time, by yet another man—was regret. And what she and the writer who told her story created was 3,000 words of revenge porn.

And then there was a piece by Bari Weiss in The New York Times, headlined “Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader”:

Weiss writes:

If you are wondering what about this evening constituted the “worst night” of Grace’s life, or why it is being framed as a #MeToo story by a feminist website, you probably feel as confused as Mr. Ansari did the next day. “It was fun meeting you last night,” he texted.

“Last night might’ve been fun for you, but it wasn’t for me,” she responded. “You ignored clear nonverbal cues; you kept going with advances. You had to have noticed I was uncomfortable.” He replied with an apology.

Read Grace’s text message again.

Put in other words: I am angry that you weren’t able to read my mind.

So, is Ansari really getting a pass? Not entirely:

If only there were an app for situations like this. Oh wait, there is …

So, do The New York Times and The Atlantic have to turn in their “woke” credentials?

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.


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