Lena Waithe praised the Time’s Up movement recently for the progress made in bringing minority voices to film and television. According to Lena, she can’t remember a time when women were this close together, forming strategies and sharing baby photos “and encouraging words.”
During the luncheon on Friday held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, Waithe stated that the progress Hollywood has seen thus far is immense, and she’s hopeful for the future.
“We have refused to be victims,” the Master Of None star remarked, and have “refused to be silent.” According to the actress and comedienne, women no longer tolerate being treated like second-class citizens.
Lena believes that when people look back on this period, they’ll think of it as the time when they needed to make a change, and that’s what they’ve been clamoring for. They’ll be successful, in her view.
As fans of the actress and writer know, she has been championing for the rights of women everywhere ever since her breakout success on Master of None, the series created by Aziz Ansari.
Ironically, the creator of the show on which she works was also involved in his own sexual misconduct controversy. An unidentified woman, a photographer, claims she hung out with Aziz one night after a party, where they had a sexual interaction that she felt uncomfortable with.
Aziz then apologized for it publicly, stating that he wasn’t aware that she was feeling ambivalent about their interaction at the time. The woman wrote about the incident in an essay for Babe.net.
Later on, many writers, comedians, actors, and actresses defended Aziz, arguing that the nature of the allegation wasn’t so severe, and his career should not be in jeopardy.