Elle Magazine dropped their multiple covers and cover stories for their Women In Hollywood issue yesterday. I’m still sorting through the interviews and we’ll probably parcel them out over the next week or two. Mindy Kaling got one of the covers, and as always, Mindy gives a great interview. The whole interview is worth a read – you can read it here – but there was one part which caused a weird back-and-forth yesterday as soon as the interview dropped. Mindy discussed how she wrote and starred in Late Night, which was loosely based on her experience being the only woman of color in the writers’ room, and how she was often surrounded with white bros. Here’s the section which piqued so much interest:
Like [Late Night’s] Molly, Kaling has faced her share of sexism in television. Early on in her tenure at The Office, the show was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Shortly after, the Television Academy, which puts on the awards show, told Kaling that because there were too many producers on The Office, they were going to cut her from the list. She, the only woman of color on the team, wouldn’t be eligible for an Emmy like the rest of the staff. In order to receive her rightful recognition, she recalls, “they made me, not any of the other producers, fill out a whole form and write an essay about all my contributions as a writer and a producer. I had to get letters from all the other male, white producers saying that I had contributed, when my actual record stood for itself.” Her name was included in the final list, though the show ultimately didn’t win.
Fighting to prove they deserve their place is something to which all women—particularly women of color—can relate. There’s a quote from Toni Morrison that resonates with Kaling: “In this country, American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” Regardless of how successful she is, Kaling feels she will always deal with some amount of racism and sexism. “It really doesn’t matter how much money I have,” she says. “I’m treated badly with enough regularity that it keeps me humble.”
I totally believe that happened. The Office had so many producers, and I totally believe that the Television Academy looked at the producer list and was like “that’s too many, we need …
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