Tell us how you really feel, Mindy. Sitcom star Mindy Kaling raised a lot of eyebrows during a panel at SXSW on Monday after she broke out the expletives after being asked about the diversity on The Mindy Project. According to Flavorwire, it all began after an audience member asked Kaling if it was a “conscious decision” for her character to be the only female doctor and only doctor of color on the show.
That’s when the mood of the event suddenly became testy.
“I look at shows on TV, and this is going to just seem defensive, but I’m just gonna say it: I’m a [bleeping] Indian woman who has her own [bleeping] network television show, OK?”
…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.”
So, no, she didn’t actually answer the question of why Dr. Lahiri is the only doctor of color on the show. To be fair, Kaling was probably expecting an extremely sympathetic audience — the panel was titled “Running the Show: TV’s New Queen of Comedy” and was sponsored by Marie Claire. (Flavorwire)
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