Why Questioning Mindy Kaling About her Confidence is Offensive
4:37 pm, September 27th | by Colette McIntyre
Mindy Kaling is a queen — and we say that not only because she is the showrunner and star of her own sitcom, The Mindy Project. No, Mindy Kaling is royalty because she never shies away from confronting race and gender issues in pop culture. For that, we bow down.
Nothing captures Kaling’s particular brand of magnificence more than her recent interview with Parade magazine. The way she addresses the attention paid to her appearance is so agile and eloquent that I couldn’t help but surround it with celebratory GIFs.
I always get asked, “Where do you get your confidence?” I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, “You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?”
Oh, and reporters who constantly ask famous women about work-life balance/their exercise routines/their love lives/designers/other shallow questions that would never be directed at a man and force female professionals — particularly female professionals of color — to engage with their modifiers before they can talk about their professions? Ms Mindy Kaling has something to tell you, too:
There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art.
For more interview excerpts and a cute video of Mindy being glamorous in her stylish home, click here.