On Monday at his New York City stand-up comedy set, Aziz Ansari finally addressed those sexual misconduct allegations that made headlines around this time last year. It was the first time he's opened up about the allegations in over a year.
Last January, an article on Babe.net detailed an anonymous woman's story of an alleged date gone wrong with Ansari. She claimed she was pressured into engaging in unwanted sexual activities with the comedian, but many people accused the story of doing more harm than good to the #MeToo movement.
Regardless of the story's merits, it sparked a conversation on affirmative consent and made people (mostly men) reflect on their own behavior — including Ansari. And while he might've used an ill-timed joke to open up the discussion, he addressed the allegations Monday in a thoughtful, direct way. Maybe more men should follow his lead.