Aziz Ansari Responds to Sexual Misconduct Allegations

January 16, 2018

Sexual misconduct allegations against Aziz Ansari are sparking a debate about the validity of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. Cinemablend's Sean O'Connell joins Cheddar to break down all of the scandal's complexities. The managing editor considers whether the claims will derail the actor's upcoming and current projects.

Babe.net is facing a wave of criticism for publishing the story that accuses Ansari of sexual misconduct. O'Connell explains what the publication is, and how its staff went about writing the piece. HLN's Ashleigh Banfield is on record saying the accusations are "reckless," and have "chipped away" at the Time's Up movement.

Finally, we discuss Mark Wahlberg's decision to donate his $1.5 million in "All the Money in the World" re-shoot fees to the Time's Up movement. O'Connell reveals whether he thinks the actor waited too long to take action on the controversy. He says the disparity is evidence that Wahlberg is a savvy businessman, and that the Hollywood wage gap issue isn't going anywhere soon.