But before she said all that, she said
"I’m a fucking Indian woman who has her own fucking network show," exclaimed an exasperated Mindy Kaling at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, when asked by a member of the 2,000-person crowd why there aren’t more women of colour on “The Mindy Project.”
"No one asks any of these other shows that I adore — and I won’t name them because they’re my friends — why no leads on their show are women or women of colour, but I’m the one who gets all of these things.
“It is a little insulting. I don’t run the country, I’m not a political figure, I’m someone writing a show and I want to use funny people. What should I be doing? It’s a little frustrating to me,” Kaling continued.
“People have a higher expectation for me. They say, ‘why aren’t you doing more?’ The answer is: I always want to be doing more, because people should always be doing as much as they possibly can. But my full-time job is not a casting director of ‘The Mindy Project,’ my job is producer-writer-star.”
First of all, people do ask her “friends” (like Lena Dunham) why there are no women or women of color on their shows. People ask these questions of White Male and White female creators all the time. Shit, people ask Shonda Rhimes why there aren’t more Black people on her shows. People stay asking Tyler Perry what his fucking problem is!
"I want to use funny people" So… only White Men are funny?
"What should I be doing?" How about listening to the people, namely, the women and women of color who criticize your show?
"My full-time job is not a casting director…" So she has zero say-so in who gets cast? Really!?
Like I get it’s frustrating to be the torch-bearer for All Women Of Color Creators In TV but… she’s the ONLY South Asian woman creator in TV. Just because she doesn’t want it to mean anything doesn’t mean it shouldn’t. I don’t think people are looking to her to be perfect but they also aren’t looking for her to be so obtuse she can’t see what role her race and/or gender may play in the greater scheme of things.
Denying such a responsibility to people of your same gender and/or race is a privilege, one that we do not have, imho.
And it’s sad that Mindy *has* to be the voice of Women of Color on TV. Because Mindy shouldn’t be the only one with a voice. There should be multiple Mindy’s and Shonda’s creating TV shows. But there’s not and I guess they have to hold up all our hope and dreams for all of us?
Just want Mindy to take her Do Better. Because I know she can. At least I hope she can…
"Just because she doesn’t want it to mean anything doesn’t mean it shouldn’t."
Needs to be said.