A day after James Franco was accused of being a major creep by a handful of women, he skipped the Critics’ Choice Awards. It seems as though James decided that enough dust had settled on his bad press, and he ventured back out into the world last night for the SAG Awards. Aziz Ansari has also recently been accused of perceived creep behavior. That accusation must have still been a bit too fresh, because just like James on Critics’ Choice Award night, Aziz decided to bail on the SAG Awards.
James skipped the CCAs on the night he won an award. Last night he showed up to the SAGs, but he lost the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role award to Gary Oldman. Although I’m sure he was relieved that his sister-in-law addressed the elephant in the room for him so he was able to slink in and out quietly.
But Aziz Ansari doesn’t have a sister-in-law to act as a human shield from such awkwardness. Aziz was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Master of None (he lost to William H. Macy). He wasn’t on the red carpet, and he wasn’t in the audience trying not to look uncomfortable when the camera panned over to him as they announced the nominees. The Blast says Aziz bailed entirely on the whole show.
The SAG Awards were Aziz’s last stop on the awards show circuit, so he doesn’t have any more ceremony appearances to worry about.
It has been only a week since a woman named Grace accused Aziz of pushing boundaries on a date in a now-infamous Babe.net article. That alone would be reason enough to skip the show. But then when you add all the additional drama surrounding that situation. Like the bitchy email fight-turned-TV throw down between the writer of said piece, Katie Way, and HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield. It would’ve been awkward for Aziz if he got cornered by Giuliana Rancic and had to sweat over whether she was going to ask about “the claw,” or what he thinks of burgundy lipstick.