Kaling posted a ticket from Ansari’s show on Friday, with the caption: “funniest sh*t ever,” which prompted her followers to criticise her decision to support the comedian who last year was accused of sexual misconduct by a woman who said he’d pressured her into having sex.
“Can we stop supporting sexual abusers already?” one person commented on Kaling’s Instagram.
Others said they planned to unfollow Kaling over her support for Ansari.
In response to the accusatory comments, Kaling said: “He speaks about what happened in a humble, respectful and reflective way, I was very impressed and proud to have him as a friend.
“Obviously we can disagree but I think people can change and mature.”
The actress also responded to another commenter who had accused her of no longer being a “champion of women,” saying: “I am a champion of women. I am also a champion of my friend and do not believe they are mutually exclusive.”
Ansari recently returned to comedy after taking a break following a woman's published account of the comedian's alleged sexual misconduct on babe.net.
According to the woman, who remained anonymous, she and Ansari went on a date that led to a unwanted sexual encounter.
Following the allegations, Ansari said at the time that he was “surprised and concerned” and “took her words to heart”.
During a recent stand-up show, the comedian also addressed the accusations, calling it “a terrifying thing to talk about”.
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