“Late Night” writer/actress Mindy Kaling dishes on her favorite Met Gala memory, favorite late-night show, and more.
Harrison Hill, USA TODAY
Mindy Kaling is opening up about the reaction she received from publicly supporting comedianÂ Aziz Ansari after aÂ #MeToo allegation wasÂ made against himÂ in early 2018.
Ansari returned to stand-up in February after lying low for a year after anÂ unnamed photographerÂ accused the “Master of None” star of sexual misconduct during a date.
Kaling shared a photo on InstagramÂ of a ticket stub from one ofÂ Ansari’s shows, writing, “Funniest (expletive)Â ever.”
Although “The Office” alum received a flurry of comments from people who applauded her post,Â she also received a fair share of backlash from fans who called her support ofÂ AnsariÂ “disheartening” and “disappointing” toÂ sexual assault survivors.Â
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“So many young women had such a personal reaction and were writing about, ‘If you support this then youâ€™re erasing our story,’ and I truly have so much empathy,”Â Kaling said during Wednesday’s episode of “The Last Laugh” podcast.
She added: “So itâ€™s a tricky thing. I donâ€™t think that by me supporting my friend who I think is a really wonderful person and a good person that that negates the power of these young womenâ€™s stories.”
Kaling explained that she feltÂ inclinedÂ to post about Ansari’s show earlier this year because he addressed the allegations in a “really vulnerable way.”
“I thought it was just really bold and honest and admirable,” she said. “He talked about it in a way where he learned so much from it in a way that other people don’t.”
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During a gig at New York City’s Village Underground in February,Â AnsariÂ said,Â “There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way.Â 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 Iâ€™ve become a better person.”
Kaling continued: “Thatâ€™s just my feeling about it, and I donâ€™t put that on anyone else or think anyone else needs to do anything. Thatâ€™s just one womanâ€™s personal story of how much I enjoyed his show and I wanted to encourage other people to see it.”
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