Joel McHale defended his fellow comic, Aziz Ansari, following the sexual assault allegations against him which led to Aziz skipping the 2018 SAG Awards. When speaking with reporters from TMZ, McHale said: “it was probably just a really bad date.”
During a short conversation with reporters from the publication on the 22nd of January, Monday, Joel said the primary issue with the case of many of these allegations is that people don’t read what was written.
Instead, they merely look at the title, the name of the accused, and jump to conclusions based on assumptions and speculation.
However, the actor conceded that the #MeToo movement is essential and needed. The 46-year-old comic added that the #MeToo movement is tremendous, but there is a line between what constitutes a terrible date and rape.
A young woman, 23, from Brooklyn, New York, accused Aziz of sexual assault in a story published by Babe.net. The woman claims she met the 34-year-old, Aziz, at an afterparty back in September of 2017.
The woman who identified herself as “Grace,” described her night as one of the worst moments of her life. As a response to her claims, Aziz issued a statement where he confirmed that he indeed got a text message from her the following day and said it “may have seemed ok” to Aziz, but she felt uncomfortable about it.
Ansari said it “was true that everything seemed Ok” to me him and when he got the message, he became “surprised and concerned.” Celebrity Insider reported yesterday that Aziz skipped the 2018 SAG Awards due to the allegations.
The audience didn’t applaud upon the announcement of Aziz as the potential winner for Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series. William H Macy took home the award for his performance in Shameless and shouted out to all of the nominees including Ansari.