Stars from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey have been accused of sexual abuse during the #MeToo movement. Although some celebrities are facing the consequences of their actions, others have been unscathed.
In Amber Tamblyn’s new book Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution, she slams comedians Aziz Ansari and Louis C.K. for “steamrolling over the topics” despite the accusations against them.
“In one of the more controversial stories to come out of the #MeToo reckoning, comedian Aziz Ansari was accused of heavily coercing a woman into coming back to his apartment to have sex when she didn’t want to,” the book, which was released on March 5, read. “Aziz laid low for a few months, only to reemerge later, untouched and ready for another international comedy tour.”
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She continued, “The American public was so hungry for its #MeToo backlash, so ready for Woody Allen’s words to come true, that they pointed to this story about Aziz as nothing more than a bad date and an inevitable example of all the false allegations to come against men.”
As Radar has reported, a woman claimed Ansari, 36, sexually harassed her despite “giving off cues that she wasn’t interested.” She described it as the “worst night” of her life.
Ansari confirmed the two engaged in sexual activity, which he felt was “completely consensual.”
“The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable,” he said in a statement. “It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said.”
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A friend told Tamblyn, 35, that she had been coerced and sexually assaulted by the creator of a popular TV show.
“He lured her back to his house and gotten her drunk, wearing her down with requests to have sex until she finally ‘gave up and got it over with,’” she penned. “Sound familiar? Upon seeing how the woman in the Ansari story was treated publicly, she said, ‘I don’t want to say something about it now. I’m too scared that I will end up like that woman.’”
Tamblyn then went on to discuss Louis C.K.’s career. She explained how he wrote “the most believable and acceptable” apology letter of the #MeToo movement.
“He ended it by saying, ‘I have spent my long and lucky career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen,’” she wrote of the apology. “It is clear that Louis delivered on the first two promises in that sentence: to step back and to take a long time (sort of.)”
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But she then slammed, “In his return to the stage at the Comedy Cellar – an unannounced performance given without audience consent – he made absolutely no mention of his misdeeds and provided no reflection as to what exactly he had listened to and perhaps learned during his year of stepping back.”
She added, “Instead, he dog whistled with a rape whistle joke, as if signaling that he owed nothing to anyone – no explanation – no comment, no recourse – and neither did other men like him.”
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