What To Expect From Aziz Ansari, Now That He's Been Welcomed Back To The Netflix Stage

It's been over a year since he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Aziz Ansari has kept an incredibly low profile since he was accused of sexual misconduct in 2018., but it appears Netflix is ready to welcome him back to the entertainment world (again).

In a bit of a surprise reveal, the streaming giant dropped a trailer for Ansari’s upcoming new stand-up comedy special, titled Aziz Ansari: Right Now.

Sorry folks, no word on Master of None season three.

This marks Ansari’s first appearance on TV screens – and screens of any kind – since his sexual misconduct accusation and it brings up a question of whether it’s time to welcome him back into the fold.

Save for a low key stand-up gig at the start of 2019 when he addressed it his misconduct onstage in a refreshingly, and surprisingly, thoughtful manner, he’s stayed silent on the matter so we don’t have a clear idea as to whether he’s accepted the responsibility of his actions and has grown as a person or whether he’s gone the way of Louis CK by playing the victim blaming card and shrugging everything off completely.

But based on that aforementioned stand up gig, his 2019 Road To Nowhere comedy tour, and a recent Melbourne show in which he once again tackled the accusation in a “practiced but sincere” way, it seems almost certain that we’ll get some part of Aziz’s stand up special dedicated to his #MeToo moment, which is the part most people are interested in hearing.

But don’t expect his entire special to be dedicated entirely to #MeToo though since an hour on the subject is perhaps a bit much for a stand-up comedy set, even for a comedian like Aziz. If his recent shows are any indication, it seems like his latest set will be heavy on themes like compassion and growth, which seems pretty fitting for someone trying to get his career back on track.

Whether or not Aziz is ready to be welcomed back remains up in the air, but we have a good idea on what he’s going to talk about on his big return. Will it be sincere or merely a means to an end?

Well we’ll find out soon enough whether Right Now is missing a question mark.

Never Forget: Meghan Markle Went On Nickelodeon To Call Out A Sexist Ad When She Was Just 12

Turned out to be a sign of greater things to come.

Besides being a member of the British royal family and pretty successful actress, Meghan Markle is known for bucking the status quo and fighting for positive change.

One cause that’s particularly close to her heart is women’s rights and she’s done some incredible work advocating for women throughout her public life.

But her fight for women and equality didn’t begin when she became a celebrity. It started when she was just a kid and it involved appearing on a Nickelodeon show.

Back in 1993 when Meghan was just 12, she saw an ad for some dishwashing soap and was appalled to see how it heavily implied that cleaning was something reserved only for women.

Rather than sit back, Meghan decided to do something and she wrote letters to the soap manufacturer, Procter & Gamble, civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred, Hillary Clinton and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee.

To her surprise, Proctor & Gamble responded positively and later changed the ad to say “people” instead of “women”. Due to her efforts, Meghan was invited by Nickelodeon to appear on Nick News to talk about her activism, which is cool because it’s a) nice seeing your efforts be recognised, and b) Nickel-freaking-loden and being on it is a dream for any kid.

When why she had no hesitation in calling out Proctor & Gamble for its sexist ad, her response was eloquent and it makes you forget that she was only 12 at the time she said it:

“I don’t think it is right for kids to grow up thinking that mom does. If you see something that you don’t like or offended by on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people and you can really make a difference, not just for yourself but for lots of other people.”

That appearance on Nick News proved to be a sign of much greater things to come as Meghan later went on become the feminist icon everyone admires today.

The future Duchess of Sussex was already fighting for meaningful change in the world as a kid while 12-year-old me wanted to appear on Nickelodeon Guts or something because it looked like fun. Maybe I should’ve angled for Nick News instead.

When Even The Dalai Lama Is Objectifying Women, You Know We’ve Got A Problem

Sadly, we shouldn't be surprised either.

Oh Dalai Lama, you were meant to be the best of us. You’re supposed to be the spiritual leader whom people turn to for answers when things get tough, especially during times like these.

So it’s incredibly disappointing when you told BBC foreign correspondent, Rajini Vaidyanathan, that you’re open to a female successor but she would have to be attractive.

Then you somehow made it worse when you tried to justify it by saying that if a female Dalai Lama looked a certain way then people prefer not to see a “dead face”.

Oh boy…

You had a very small window to take some of this back and you nearly did it when you agreed with Vaidyanathan that women might find your comment objectifying and that the female successor should be judged on character rather than their looks. Instead, you doubled down on your comment when you said, “Real beauty is inner beauty, that’s true. I think the appearance is also important.”

You can’t be Switzerland here. This is something where you can’t have your cake and eat it, Dalai Lama.

But sadly, we shouldn’t have expected anything more on this specific topic from you. We still haven’t forgotten that moment in 2015 when you told BBC journalist Clive Myrie that you’re happy for your successor to be female but she would have to be “very, very attractive” or there would be “not much use.”

Really, really.

It’s a great thing that you’re all for equality, women’s rights and equal pay in the workplace, but you have to realise that your comments about a female Dalai Lama needing to be attractive is not only upsetting to women, it undermines your stance on women’s rights.

What’s even worse is that if someone like you is saying things like this, you are showing us all just how much more work there needs to be done before equality is actually achieved.

But hey, let’s try and look on the bright side here. No one is disagreeing with your comment about Trump’s “lack of moral principle” so at least everything you said to Vaidyanathan wasn’t a flop.


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