"It doesn't have to be rape to ruin your life," Bee says. "And it doesn't have to ruin your life to be worth speaking out about."
Samantha Bee dove right into the deep end of the controversial Aziz Ansari situation Wednesday night with some choice words for HLN's Ashleigh Banfield, who previously used some air time to lecture the comedian's anonymous accuser for derailing the #MeToo movement.
The loudest argument against the Ansari accuser is that to many it sounds like she just had a bad date, rather than experiencing any kind of legitimate harassment or assault. But if that was the case, why was she speaking out so publicly?
"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," Bee said. "Any kind of sexual harassment or coercion is unacceptable."
And that's the key sticking point in the Ansari case, as the woman alleged that the "Master of None" star coerced her into oral sex and other activities.
Bee admitted that the Ansari story has been more difficult to talk about, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be talked about, as Banfield suggested in her vehement takedown of the woman on Tuesday.
"It's harder than you think to leave when you are uncomfortable or scared," Bee said after showing the clip of Banfield telling the woman that not leaving was on her. "You're scaring the shit out of me right now, Ashley Banfield, and I can't leave!"
Bee went on to say that no one is calling for Ansari's career, as Banfield claimed, because "we know the difference between a rapist, a workplace harasser, and an Aziz Ansari. That doesn't mean we have to be happy about any of them."
According to Bee, women have earned the right to talk about these things, and publicly if they choose. "People like me had to wade through a sea of prehensile dicks to build the world we now enjoy, and part of enjoying that world is setting a higher standard for sex than just 'not-rape,'" she explained.
She also took Ansari to task for wearing a 'Time's Up' pin to the Golden Globes. "If you don't want to tune in to your partner's feelings throughout sex, maybe you shouldn't be f-cking a person at all," she told him. "If you say you're a feminist, then f-ck like a feminist! And if you don't want to do that, take off your f-cking pin, because we are not your accessories!"