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.

In January of 2018, Babe.net published a story from an anonymous woman (who went by the pseudonym Grace) with the headline: "I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life."

In the story, Grace alleged that she had experienced unwanted sexual touching by Ansari in his Manhattan apartment after a date.

The story clocked in around 3,000 words and detailed everything from Ansari's choice of wine (which Grace didn't like) to the writer's opinion on Grace's outfit ("It was a good outfit") to a graphic retelling of unwelcome sexual touching.

Grace's story was the talk of the internet for weeks — and not in a positive way. Everything from the details Grace included to the way Babe.net handled the subject matter was criticized, with some saying it did more harm than good to the #MeToo movement.

Some people called the allegations the result of a "bad date," while others sparked up a conversation about the importance of affirmative consent.

Either way, it nearly ended Ansari's career. Some called for his Netflix show Master of None to be canceled and even started a petition.

At the time, Ansari released a statement explaining that he was "surprised and concerned" when Grace told him she was uncomfortable.

However, he said he "took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said."

Since then, Ansari has been pretty quiet about the whole situation. However, during a pop-up comedy set he performed Monday night in New York City, he finally opened up about the experience.

The pop-up set was part of the comedian's "new material" tour, in which he's been performing more informal sets at comedy clubs around the country.

According to Vulture, Ansari told a joke about being mistaken for a fellow Netflix star, Patriot Act host Hasan Minhaj, before diving into the allegations against him.

The joke reportedly went as follows: "Oh, no, Aziz, right?" the passerby asks Ansari on the streets of New York while trying to figure out why this guy recognizes him"And you had the whole thing come out last year — sexual misconduct?" the man asks, and Ansari delivers the punchline, "No, no, no, no, no, no. That’s Hasan!”

However, after the segue, he then reportedly sat down and got serious about the allegations, saying he hadn't addressed them previously because he needed time to reflect.

His willingness to open up about his experience directly struck many people on social media as refreshing.

"There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way," he reportedly told the crowd.

"But you know, after a year, how I feel about it is, I hope it was a step forward. It made me think about a lot, and I hope I’ve become a better person," he continued.

He then recalled a conversation in which a friend told him it made him rethink every date he's been on.

"If that has made not just me but other guys think about this, and just be more thoughtful and aware and willing to go that extra mile, and make sure someone else is comfortable in that moment, that’s a good thing," he explained.

Some people took in Ansari's reflection, but weren't exactly sure how to feel about it yet. That's cool! Thinking before reacting is always smart.

"I'm trying not to be super skeptical because I want to believe there are people who can grow and change after being called out like this," one person said on Twitter. "I can't decide how I feel about it yet."

A few people, however, immediately accused him of mansplaining his reflection.

"I gave Aziz Ansari benefit of the doubt until now but this is the most f**king mansplainy thing I have ever heard," Twitter use @asinglegrape said.

Others felt that because Ansari still feels bad about his behavior is a sign that he wasn't behaving inappropriately in the first place.

"The fact that he still feels terrible that she felt that way isn't consistent with men behaving inappropriately or sexual predators," one man wrote on Twitter.

*Editor's note: Good intent isn't an excuse for questionable sexual behavior. Point blank.

A ton of people on Twitter felt that Ansari was treated unfairly in the first place.

"What Aziz went through was just awful and unfair. He deserves to move on with [his] career without being lumped in with the Harvey Weinsteins of the world," Twitter user Liz Goodwin wrote.

One thing is for sure: Ansari openly discussing the allegations and addressing them directly after having had time to reflect was refreshing in this day and age. More men should follow his lead. Just maybe not in comedy clubs.

"Aziz addressed the sexual misconduct allegations against him in a really thoughtful way. I wish more men would do the same," Twitter user Anna Silman said. Ditto.