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…
i see absolutely no problem in Native-made accessories that utilize animal parts like fur, hide, bone, teeth, etc. in fact i’m gonna go cut some buckskin up later tonight for my new pair of moccasins.
it’s racist colonial logic to tell indigenous people they can’t practice their culture because you already attempted to destroy their lands and ecosystems and threw off the balance of things by overhunting and now you feel bad for the animals so we have to sacrifice our cultures for your own conscience. it’s also plain ignorant and hypocritical to criticize an indigenous person for supporting sustainable hunting when there are so many white people in the world you can spend your time annoying with comments on their leather accessories (that are produced in unhealthy environments and come from severely maltreated animals, rather than happy wild animals living as they were meant to).
Native peoples hunt sustainably, honor the animal, and utilize all parts of anything we kill. With deer or elk, for example, the hide is used for regalia and as leather, we eat all the meat, the antlers can be carved for jewelry, etc. that’s way better than what most non-Native hunters do—white hunters where i’m from are known for killing an elk, cutting all the desirable meat off it, and leaving it there to rot. that’s disrespectful and wasteful. hunting provides us access to our traditional foods and lifeways, and it’s something that i really value.
the accessories are just a byproduct of all that—the clothing traditional to my culture as a Cheyenne incorporates things like buckskin and porcupine quills, and my culture would not exist without the animals that provide those materials. for that reason, i really respect animals and understand that respect as integral to the practice of our traditional lifeways.
so yeah, to conclude, no—i don’t buy into the whole “save the animals, kill the Indian cultures!!” thing
The language of pathology, mental illness, madness, disease, and disability, has long been used to reinforce other existing structural oppressions like racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, binarism, cissexism, and ableism. And it is most disheartening when those who purport to work toward dismantling those systems still use ableism as metaphor. Ableist metaphor is all-pervasive in public discourse, academia, grassroots organizing, and left-leaning movements as well as in conservative, neoliberal, and nationalist movements. It draws on the language of disability to characterize, denigrate, attack, rhetoricize, and politicize—and it does so based on the presumption that deviation from typical thought, movement, emotional processing, communication, bodily/mental functioning, learning, remembering, sensing is evidence of defect, deficiency, disorder, and ultimately, moral failure.
To use psychopathy as the lens through which one views either systemic or individual violence is to reinforce the structural power of the medical-industrial complex at the expense of disabled people, poor people, and people of color.
My advice: Be precise in your language and say that oppressive structures are violent and manipulative. Say that those who abuse their structural positions of power act with reckless disregard for other human beings. Say that they are callous and unabashedly wielding the power that comes with their privilege.