On Wednesday's telecast of her show on HLN, Banfield read an excerpt of the email from Katie Way, the Babe.net reporter who broke the story from "Grace", who described a bad date with Aziz Ansari and put him under the microscope for sexual misconduct.
With the #MeToo reckoning digging deeper into the nuances of sexual coercion - especially after a recent article about Aziz Ansari's alleged misconduct hit the internet - Samantha Bee found plenty to say about why the conversation is, despite some critics' misgivings, so important.
"What many fail to understand is that it doesn't have to be rape to ruin your life, and it doesn't have to ruin your life to be worth speaking out about. I assume she fashions herself a feminist in this movement".
A counterargument to the idea that young women ought to just extricate themselves from sexual situations in which they aren't having any fun soon circulated, maintaining that the culture conditions them to acquiesce, to prioritize the needs of others before their own.
To Banfield's remarks, Bee shot back, "It's harder than you think to leave when you're uncomfortable or scared". The "witchhunt", the mashing together of bad dates and rape, the infantilization of women, etc., are things the media are creating in order to basically tell women "we heard you about the big things, but now we need you to shut the f-up because men need to date!" After protesting his moves, you did not get up and leave right away. "The calibre of this 22-year-old woman", said Banfield.
In her recollection of the evening, the woman stated, "I was debating if this was an awkward sexual experience or sexual assault. And all the gains that have been achieved on your behalf and mine are now being compromised by the allegations that you threw out there, and I'm gonna call them reckless and hollow".
"In September of a year ago, I met a woman at a party".
"People like me had to wade through a sea of prehensile dicks to build the world we now enjoy", Bee continued.
"A lot of people are anxious about Aziz's career, which no one is trying to end", Bee said. "And part of enjoying that world is setting a higher standard for sex than just 'not rape.' And women get to talk about it if men don't live up to those standards! And if you don't want to do that, then take off your f*cking pin because we are not your accessories".