Lena Waithe is the cover star for the latest issue of Vanity Fair, and in the interview the actress speaks on her historic Emmy Award win for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, as well as the sexual misconduct claims against Master of None co-star Aziz Ansari.
“How has the Emmy changed me? It got me all these meetings that I go in and say I’m too busy to work with you—you should have hollered at me,” Waithe said. “You can take my call when I call you about this black queer writer over here who’s got a dope pilot, or this person over here who’s got really cool ideas, or this actress who’s really amazing but nobody’s seen her.”
As for Ansari, Waithe said the following:
“At the end of the day, what I would hope comes out of this is that we as a society…educate ourselves about what consent is—what it looks like, what it feels like, what it sounds like. I think there are both men and women who are still trying to figure it out. We need to be more attuned to each other, pay more attention to each other, in every scenario, and really make sure that, whatever it is we’re doing with someone else, they’re comfortable doing whatever that thing is, and that we’re doing it together. That’s just human kindness and decency.”
Waithe had spoken on the claims against the actor and comedian prior to her Vanity Fair cover story.
“In every situation, it’s not always black-and-white,” Waithe said to Southern California’s KPCC radio station program The Frame. “And I know that’s simple for people, and it’s easy for people to [ask], ‘Whose side are you on?’ There are no sides, really, in some of these scenarios.”
Read the rest of the interview here.
Source: Vanity Fair