Aziz Ansari’s co-star, Lena Waithe, opened up about the sexual misconduct allegations against her Master Of None co-worker. While speaking with the radio station, The Flame, Waithe revealed she wasn’t “on anybody’s side,” but she did admit that our society is in need of a conversation about consent and the appropriate way of conducting oneself in the workplace.
Celebrity Insider reported at the beginning of the month that an anonymous woman by the name of “Grace,” accused the Master Of None creator of coerced oral sex.
Aziz admitted that he thought everything was “okay,” between them and was “concerned,” when Grace said she felt “violated” by what had happened.
In the interview, Waithe stated the issue isn’t always “black and white,” especially in the cases of Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey.
In some instances, there is a middle ground, a grey area, where people need to step back and realize there is a need for a “dialogue,” about what constitutes consent.
She said, “we have to start re-educating ourselves about what consent is, what’s appropriate behavior in the workplace.” The writer claims there needs to be a creation of a “code of conduct” on which we can all agree.
Waithe admitted it’s difficult to obey the rules if you don’t even know what they are. She rhetorically asked, “how can a person know the rules if no one ever told them about them?
Waithe said, for many people, it’s easy to “just know” what appropriate behavior is, but not all people have the fortune of having that knowledge.
As you may know, Waithe shared an Emmy with Aziz last year when they accepted the award for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series for an episode of Master Of None. The writer made history, as she is the first black woman ever to receive the recognition.