The way that Aziz Ansari has been publicly condemned for the way he handled his date with an anonymous woman has revealed the #MeToo movement’s worrying mob-like mentality, suggests Sonny Bunch of The Washington Post. What the exchange came down to was a date that took a sour turn. While worthy of discussion, none of Ansari's actions fit the legal definition of sexual harassment or assault. The article she wrote seems somewhat intent on punishing him for issues that weren’t resolved between the two of them. The #MeToo campaign was too quick to call for Ansari’s head; his misdeeds pale in comparison to those of real sex offenders.
The notion that #MeToo has somehow lumped Aziz Ansari together with rapists and sexual harassers is demeaning towards the women voicing their experiences, argues Osita Nwaneva of Slate. He's not as bad as Weinstein or Lauer, but his reported transgressions, including forcing his fingers down his date’s throat after her lack of enthusiasm was clear, needs to be discussed. #MeToo does not exist to solely expose the worst of the worst. One of its many purposes is to raise awareness for the suffering of women, and warning others from getting too close to abusive, powerful men. The way it held Ansari accountable for his wrongs is not extreme.