"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg publicly criticized the woman accusing comedian Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct (video below).
The woman, known only as Brooklyn photographer "Grace," sparked controversy after sharing details of a date with the star that rose to the level of "sexual assault," reports Babe.
Writer Katie Way says Grace used both verbal and non-verbal cues to indicate her discomfort.
"I know I was physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested," the woman told Way. "I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored."
At one point, Grace -- who ended up engaging in sexual behavior with Ansari regardless, arguing she felt pressured -- implied to Ansari she felt forced.
"I said I don’t want to feel forced because then I’ll hate you, and I’d rather not hate you," she said, adding that Ansari briefly stopped before continuing to make sexual advances.
However, to many, Goldberg included, Grace's situation was not sexual assault.
"So, if you’re on a date and he's not as a good as you thought, and you’re uncomfortable and [giving non-verbal cues], does that mean stop, go away?" Goldberg posited on "The View." "Whatever happened to 'Stop or I’m going to knock you in your nuts?'"
At the end of the segment, Goldberg advised young women not to go back to a man's apartment if they are uninterested in sex with that date.
"You make the decision," she said. "If you’re looking for that, then it's quite possible that you could get it if you go. But if you're not looking for that, chances are you might just want to say, 'It’s been nice seeing you this evening.'"
"The line is very, very clear," she added. "If you are not interested in having a physical relationship … then say goodnight after dinner."
Co-host Sunny Hostin, a former prosecutor, agreed the encounter is not "sexual assault."
"She went willingly back to his apartment, they did engage in sexual activity consensually, and then somewhere along the lines she decided that she had had enough and wanted to go home," Hostin said, echoing the sentiments of many viewers.
However, not everybody agrees with that idea.
"From the described events, he appears to have no understanding whatsoever of sexual consent," wrote Los Angeles Times opinion contributor Jamil Smith. "Nor do his defenders, it seems. It is appalling to see some shift attention away from his coercive and violative acts."
Whether or not the date constitutes sexual assault, feminist Jessica Valenti argued the date was still problematic.
"A lot of men will read that post about Aziz Ansari and see an everyday, reasonable sexual interaction," she tweeted. "But part of what women are saying right now is that what the culture considers 'normal' sexual encounters are not working for us, and oftentimes harmful."