Mindy Kaling Slams “Insulting” Diversity Question: “I’m a F*cking Indian Woman Who Has Her Own F*cking TV Show”
Mindy Kaling has gotten some weird questions lately, and during a recent SXSW panel conversation about her series “The Mindy Project,” the writer-actress showed her frustration when one audience member challenged the level of diversity on her show.
According to reports, someone asked Kaling, “You guys have a great, diverse set of characters, but was it a conscious decision for Mindy to be the only female doctor, and the only doctor color of show?”
She was less than happy with the implication.
“I look at shows on TV, and this is going to just seem defensive, but I’m just gonna say it: I’m a f*cking Indian woman who has her own f*cking network television show, OK?” Kaling is quoted as responding.
She was not done.
“I have four series regulars that are women on my show, and no one asks any of the shows I adore — and I won’t name them because they’re my friends — why no leads on their shows are women or of color, and I’m the one that gets lobbied about these things,” continued the star. “And I’ll answer them, I will. But I know what’s going on here.”
Kaling added, “It is a little insulting… It’s not like I’m running a country, I’m not a political figure. I’m someone who’s writing a show and I want to use funny people. And it feels like it diminishes the incredibly funny women who do come on my show… I don’t know, it’s a little frustrating.”
What do you think about Kaling’s comments?