CNN Reporter Ashleigh Banfield is getting mixed reactions to a monologue she shared on HLN. In response to allegations of sexual assault being levied against comedian Aziz Ansari, Ashleigh Banfield has called out "Grace" for turning an "unpleasant" experience into a much more serious ordeal.
"You did not get up and leave right away. You continued to engage in a sexual encounter. By your own clear encounter, this was not a rape, nor was it a sexual assault. By your description, your sexual encounter was unpleasant"..."Is that what victimized you to the point of seeking a public conviction and a career-ending sentence against him? Is that truly what you thought he deserved for your night out?"
Banfield goes on to levy some serious heat against the accuser, that this story undermines the actual identity of the movement.
“But what you have done, in my opinion, is appalling,” she said. “You have chiseled away at a movement that I, along with all of my sisters in the workplace, have been dreaming of for decades, a movement that has finally changed an oversexed professional environment that I, too, have struggled through at times over the last 30 years.”
Reviews to Banfield's segment have been mixed, as some are calling her out for minimzing Grace's experience and excusing Ansari's behavior.
Others however applaud her, as a woman, for standing up against the way Grace's story was shared.
So what do you think? Does Banfield have a point? Or is she undermining the #MeToo movement by trying to define someone else's experience?
Either way, I'm sure we haven't heard the last of this story.