Anonymous asked: So I know you're a fan of Scandal, Sleepy Hollow, and The Mindy Project, and I was wondering if you had any thoughts on why when WOC on TV are lumped together in the media/discourse, Mindy Kaling and TMP are never included with Kerry Washington, Nicole Beharie, and Lucy Liu. Is it that arbitrary distinction between drama and comedy? Cause Mindy is the creator, showrunner, and head writer of her show, but I've rarely seen that mentioned in discussions of WOC on TV.
I think you bring up a very good point about the distinction between drama and comedy, but I don’t think it’s necessarily an arbitrary one because it has an impact on how I experience the shows. As with all things, I can only speak for myself. When I watch Scandal or Sleepy Hollow, I am deeply emotionally invested in these characters. When Olivia sits on the floor and tells Huck that people abandon you in the end, I feel that instantaneous pang of sorrow. When Abbie sits across the interrogation and tells Jenny that she’s sorry for not finding her earlier, that tragedy resonates with me. And while I love Mindy Lahiri, while I find her endearing, witty, kind, and often empathize with her, I miss that…angst. I don’t watch it the same way, with the same expectations. I’m sure others have other reasons for it, but that’s mine.
This is not to say that there isn’t an emotional epicenter in the show, but the fact that it’s a 30 minutes show, instead of an hour, inherently limits what the show can explore. There are moments of growth for Mindy, like when her brother came to visit or her relationship with Danny or her development in knowing what she wants out of a romantic relationship, but…those moments don’t tend to stay with me long after the half hour ends. They aren’t expounded upon enough to have the same impact.
But, I definitely agree that she’s a significant player in the WOC on tv and it does annoy me when she’s not included in the dialogue regarding representation. Especially since there aren’t any other female Indian-American main characters on tv.
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