Aziz Ansari’s co-star Lena Waithe talks sexual misconduct claims: the Society needs to be educated on ‘what is consent’

Aziz Ansari (L) and Lena Waithe pose with the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for “Master of None.”


Lena Waithe, one of the stars of Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” has weighed in on the actor’s recent sex scandal, saying that the society should be educated on the importance of consent.

Waithe adorns the cover of the April issue of Vanity Fair, where she opened up about the meaning of consent.

“At the end of the day, what I would hope comes from this is that we as a society … ourselves on what consent is — what it looks like, how it feels, what it looks like,” Waithe said. “I think that there are both men and women who are still trying to figure it out.”

Haters will say it is photoshopped. But for real. This is a moment that I will never forget. I am full of gratitude. Thank you, @radhikajones, for choosing me to be your first cover girl. Thank you, #Annie, for capturing me so beautifully and honestly. Last but not least – thanks to @jacqueline_woodson, my kindred spirit, and for your eloquent words. #LetsBlackPantherThisIssue #ImCountingOnMyPlayCousinsToBuyMultiplecopies Super grateful for my glam team: @rebekahaladdin & @savvystarbeauty with the light beat. And @lovingyourhair got the locs on the lookout!

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The “Master of None” the actress and writer added, “We need to be more attuned to each other, pay more attention to each other, in each scenario, and really make sure that, whatever it is that we do with someone else, they are comfortable to do what that thing is and that we are doing it together. That is just human kindness and decency.”

In January, a young woman claimed anonymously a date in the City of New York last year with Ansari changed in a very uncomfortable situation for her.

The woman shared her story on and wrote that Ansari was aggressive when he took her back to his luxury Tribeca apartment and tried to have sex with her, ignoring her verbal and non-verbal signals to indicate her discomfort. The 23-year-old Brooklyn photographer, ” she said, and she left the apartment in an Uber “in tears” and expressed her displeasure with him in a text message the next day.



Aziz Ansari denies sexual assault claims

Fox411: Aziz Ansari responds to the accusation of sexual assault, says consensual sex.

The Emmy-winning actor responded to the allegations in a statement, which read, “In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and then we engage in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual,” Ansari told Fox News in a written statement. “The next day, I received a text from her to say that, although it seemed to be okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything seemed okay to me, so when I heard that it is not the case for her, I was surprised and worried. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said. I continue to support the movement that is going on in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

Waithe’s comments about the Ansari scandal a few days after the actor Adam Scott told Vulture that the “Master of None” creator is doing well, after the accusation of misconduct.

“I don’t know what to say on the record about Aziz. I don’t want to say anything that could be misconstrued,” the “Big Little Lies” star said. “I will tell you this: Aziz is doing great. He is a big, beautiful boy. How is that?”

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

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