“Nope, You Really Can’t Say That”: My Love/Hate Relationship with The Mindy Project

Wrote this a bit ago

Media Diversified

by Nashwa Khan

Fox-The-Mindy-ProjectLiving in what can sometimes feel like a South Asian feminist echo chamber, we become accustomed to never questioning those we idolize. As a result, years have gone by without Mindy Kaling’s body of work being critically examined within our community. Many black women have made observations of Kaling’s anti-blackness on social media. Shamefully and repeatedly I have also witnessed South Asians jump to Kaling’s defense.

The Mindy Project is a US sitcom aired on Fox which focuses on the life of Mindy Lahiri, a doctor working in an Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic in New York. The show intertwines the staff’s personal and professional lives. Lahiri is the only female doctor at the practice over the first two seasons, and only racialised woman until Season One, Episode 22 where Xosha Roquemore is introduced as Tamra, a nurse at the practice. The sitcom stars its creator, Mindy Kaling…

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