"Saturday Night Live" cleverly depicted the tensions hampering our conversations about #MeToo in a sketch this week.
Seated around the dinner table, a group of adults tried to discuss the controversial allegation of sexual assault made against Aziz Ansari. But each time one person waded gently into the discussion, another would ominously drone warnings like "careful" or "watch it," preventing any real conversation from ever occurring.
"We are in a post-Babe.net universe now," declared one character, referring to the little-known website that published the Ansari allegation to widespread disapproval.
Even among well-intentioned people with legitimate grounds, questioning the validity of an accuser's account — no matter how flimsy — can induce apprehension. And that's why the battle to maintain #MeToo's credibility won't be easy. If people are intimidated out of asking fair questions to keep the movement in check, it risks spinning out of control.
Fortunately, in this case, it seems as though Babe.net's chorus of critics was strong enough to make an impact. In some ways, this sketch is proof of that.