Mindy Kaling recently made an appearance on a SXSW panel in Austin, Texas sponsored by Marie Claire to discuss The Mindy Project. Everything seemed to be going smoothly until one audience member asked Kaling a question about the lack of diversity on her Fox Network show. The audience member wanted to know why was she the only female doctor and the only doctor of color.
Kaling didn’t exactly appreciate the question and fired back:
I look at shows on TV, and this is going to just seem defensive, but I’m just gonna say it: I’m a fucking Indian woman who has her own fucking 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. 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.
Kaling definitely didn’t bite her tongue, but does she actually get a pass? Kaling has also been met with criticism when it comes to her love interests on the show, which have all been white men. But in her own defense she’s stated “my full-time job is not the casting director for The Mindy Project”.
Maybe people need to stop asking Kaling about the diversity and ask the casting directors and other people in charge. Also people need to realize just because a person has brown skin, doesn’t mean they’re embracing diversity.