In you your weekly update on what has happened over the weekend, #WkndMmts brings you the Liverpool vs. Manchester City match and an allegation of sexual assault against actor Aziz Ansari.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City
The Liverpool vs. Manchester City game has been trending on Twitter with the hashtag #LIVMCI. The game concluded with Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City. While this might have been exciting enough for Liverpool fans, Liverpool’s win also brought Manchester City’s undefeated Premier League run to an end, making the defeat even sweeter.
Here are the highlights for those of you who have not gotten the chance to see the match.
Now, let’s take a look at what some of the reactions on social media have been like.
Although football has been known to incite strong emotions in its fans, this defeat did not seem to have brought about particularly negative reactions on social media towards either team in the aftermath.
Of course, Liverpool fans did take the opportunity to mock Man City for having claimed to be invincible.
Man City’s undefeated Premier League record comes to an end!
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) January 14, 2018
— The bottom line (@bottomline_) January 14, 2018
— Wrestling LAD (@WrestlingLAD) January 14, 2018
There were also updates that highlighted Jurgen Klopp’s, the manager of Liverpool’s, reaction to the win as well as his positive effect on the football club as manager.
Jurgen Klopp has now beaten Pep Guardiola five times in his managerial career
More than any other manager…
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) January 14, 2018
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 14, 2018
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) January 14, 2018
Of course, some individuals took the chance to promote and express their love for their own football teams that were neither Liverpool nor Manchester City.
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) January 14, 2018
Accusations of Aziz Ansari’s Sexual Misconduct
Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct over the weekend by a photographer only identified by the name ‘Grace’. In her accusation, Grace said that Ansari made unwanted sexual advances on her, and continued to ignore “clear non-verbal cues” despite her expressing her discomfort towards the situation. Grace shared that Ansari’s winning an award at the Golden Globes while wearing a #TimesUp pin, which indicated his support for the movement against sexual harassment, made his actions “more real” for her.
Ansari released a statement in response, confirming the incident, but indicating his belief that any sexual activity they had engaged in had been consensual. When she had sent him a text message the next day to inform him more explicitly of her discomfort, he was “surprised and concerned”. He then “took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said”.
So what has social media had to say about this?
Many people who are outraged over the incident felt that Ansari should have stopped approaching her the moment she had not responded enthusiastically.
Disgusted and disappointed by this story of Aziz Ansari asserting entitlement over a woman’s body and sexuality.
How many times must we say it for it to finally sink in? If consent isn’t continuous, explicit, and enthusiastic, just. freakin’. stop. https://t.co/gjvRpj7aeY
— Reappropriate (@reappropriate) January 14, 2018
I should be finishing my grad school application and writing sample. BUT, I need to write about Aziz Ansari. I’m getting tired of all the apologia, victim-blaming and using ambiguity to try and defend him from what he did. I will get flak for this, but I don’t really care.
— ✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪ (@JShahryar) January 14, 2018
The Aziz Ansari stuff is a perfect demonstration of how rape culture works and how men are socialized to feel entitled to sex. No, there was no rape, but this thing where men pester women for sex and don’t let up, even when it’s clear she isn’t into it, IS RAPE CULTURE.
— Meghan Murphy (@MeghanEMurphy) January 15, 2018
While there were very few individuals who felt that what Ansari had done was good or right, there were a number who felt that this case had a larger grey area than many other celebrity cases, such as those of Harvey Weinstein’s.
I have a thousand thoughts about the Aziz Ansari story but I’ll share just one, convoluted one…
— Melissa Jeltsen (@quasimado) January 14, 2018
I’m worried about women being conditioned to think of ourselves as inherent and hopeless victims. We’re in a bad place when one person’s recollection of a bad, regrettable sexual encounter can be characterized as sexual abuse, as would appear to be the case with Aziz Ansari.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) January 14, 2018
It remains to be seen what will come of this case between Ansari and the photographer. Although both have released their sides of the story, we have yet to see if any action will be taken to remedy wrongs on an official level.