trying to cheer your favourite person up
Aasif Mandvi interviews Fox Business commentator, Todd Wilemon.
"Why are you poor? Stop being poor. Be rich like me!" - Fox News commentators, GOP congressmen, and late night informercials on real estate flipping.
This is the dystopian future i lived to see.
"Consider again that dot. That’s here, that’s home, that’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines… every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
Pumzi - dir. Wanuri Kahiu // Kenya
In a dystopian future 35 years after an ecological WWIII has torn the world apart, East African survivors of the devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.
But when the time came to field questions from the mostly female audience, one woman posed this query: “You guys have a great, diverse set of characters, but was it a conscious decision for Mindy to be the only female doctor, and the only doctor color of show?” There were a couple of minutes of pleasant response, with co-panelists and Mindy co-stars Ike Barinholtz and Adam Pally earnestly praising their female cast members. But by then, Kaling had lost patience: “I look at shows on TV, and this is going to just seem defensive, but I’m just gonna say it: I’m a fucking Indian woman who has her own fucking network television show, OK?”
I love Mindy and I love the show but this is a very valid concern. Yes it’s amazing that she has her own show and she 100% deserves it but the representation of diversity is still very low and there are still a lot of problematic issues with the way characters interact with each other~
I feel like with such an angry and defensive response it’s like either the producers have made that decision for her in order to guarantee the show’s popularity with white audiences or, as sometimes comes through in the show, she has a little internalised racism and misogyny where she feels her own representation is so extreme it needs to be far outweighed by a bunch of white people. (Or maybe she wants to stand out in the show, I don’t know). But indeed her presence as a chubby Indian woman doesn’t erase the other instances of misogyny and racism in the show and how poorly it addresses these issues.
i would much rather be the “obnoxious feminist girl” than be complicit in my own dehumanization, thanks
For two weeks my emotions have swung between angry and nothing. That’s it. No other feelings.