Mindy Kaling Gets Defensive Following Complaint of Diversity on Her Show
Mindy Kaling is frustrated with frequent complaints of diversity on her show "The Mindy Project". Thus, when an audience member at "Running the Show: TV's New Queen of Comedy" panel discussion at SXSW in Austin, Texas brought up the topic, she did not hold back with her response.
"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?" the female audience asked. Kaling responded, "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**king Indian woman who has her own f**king network television show, OK?"
She went on defending her sitcom. "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. And I'll answer them, I will. But I know what's going on here. It is a little insulting because, I'm like, God, what can I-oh, I'm sitting in it. I have 75 percent of the lines on the show."
"And I'm like, oh wait, 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," Kaling added. "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."
"The Mindy Project" airs Tuesdays at 9:30 P.M. ET on FOX. The network has renewed the show for a third season.
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