I’ll preface this by saying that I’m definitely not a Mindy Kaling fan. I don’t find her funny, charming, endearing or anything of the sort, but some people do, and that’s what life’s about – personal taste. Clearly the graduating class at Harvard Law School was pleased to see Mindy when she was the speaker at their Class Day ceremony this past week.
Full video of the speech below, but here’s a little taste of some of her speech:
“I know what you’re probably thinking: Mindy Kaling, why did they ask her? She’s just a pretty Hollywood starlet. What does that quadruple threat know about the law? Sure, she seems really down-to-earth and pretty in a totally accessible way. And, yeah, she was on People magazine’s Most Beautiful People list this year—and also in 2008—but what intelligent remarks could she possibly make about the law? She’s probably too busy doing shampoo commercials. But I’m not too busy. In fact, I would love to do a shampoo commercial so if anyone from L’Oréal is out there please just Snapchat me after this.”
“So even though I have no idea why I was asked to speak here today, I have prepared this speech very carefully like any Dartmouth-educated graduate would. I drank a 40 of Jägermeister, then I called my dad to see if he would get me out of it—he could not get me out of it—so I tried to hire a college freshman to write it for me in exchange for a $200 gift card to Newbury Comics. That didn’t work out. Finally, seeing that I absolutely had to do this and couldn’t get out of it, rolled up my sleeves, sat down at the computer and tried to buy a commencement address off of MovingCommencementSpeeches.com. My credit card was declined, so I had to write the thing myself.”
Okay, I guess that was somewhat amusing – you have to give credit where it’s due, I suppose.
May 31, 2014 at 6:00 am by Jennifer
This seemed to be the week of bobbleheads, for both men and women alike. Everyone needs to stop losing and start gaining weight, like now.
Go through these looks of the week and give me your picks for who looks BEST, WORST, and most WTF. Mine are at the bottom!
(P.S.: For SAG Awards fashion, check out this post.)
Anna Wintour. Giiiiirl…
January 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
And once again, it seems like the people have decided it’s time to get upset over an Elle magazine cover. Fans raged when Melissa McCarthy was depicted on the cover of Elle covered up in a large coat, thinking the implication was that McCarthy was considered too fat to be seen on the cover of a high fashion magazine without her body being hidden. Ms. McCarthy responded that not only did she like the cover, but she picked the coat.
A very similar thing is happening right now with Mindy Kaling, a celeb that really divides you guys into the love or hate section. Ms. Kaling was shot for a cover along with 3 other women (Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler, and Allison Williams) for the “Women in TV” issue. Fans are pointing out that she’s the only one whose entire body isn’t shown, whereas the other 3 thin actresses are shot in full color showing their full bodies.
Ms. Kaling gets that you want to defend her, but it’s actually hurting her feelings. Here’s what she said about the controversy on Letterman, via E! News:
So I was, for the first time in my career, on the cover of a fashion magazine, which is such an awesome, nice thing…It felt great! I saw the cover, I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but I thought, ‘I look so, like, beautiful,’ and I thought, ‘Wow, I’ve never looked better. I feel like I look like a movie star on it!’
[So] I didn’t expect this reaction. The shot is of me is like this [she framed her face with her hands], showing my face. There was a weird reaction, which was, ‘Does Elle magazine think Mindy’s not skinny enough to show her whole body, standing up from head to toe?’ [Like], ‘Oh, I thought [the cover] was nice, I guess. What, Elle, you can’t put her big, fat body on the magazine? Why? ‘Cause she’s just fat and gruesome? Why can’t we look at her beautiful fat body?’”
I think her cover is the nicest one — it’s definitely the most artistic, and Kaling really looks fantastic. But I do think it’s odd that hers is the only cover in black and white and framed so differently. Elle hasn’t commented on it yet.
What do you guys think?
January 12, 2014 at 8:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
2013 Emmy Awards have come and gone and a few people cared. This post is for you. Let’s take a look at the best, worst, and WTF of 2013 Emmy fashion. I know Lena Dunham’s outfit is bound to get a few people talking.
September 23, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Time for the Best And Worst Celebrity Looks Of The Week. We’re covering late July and very early August. In case you didn’t know. And now you do. And learning is fun. Obviously, Courtney Stodden’s lettuce bikini is included in here.
BEST: Dita Von Teese
WORST: Bachelor Sean Lowe
WTF?!?: Click to find out! (It’s a doozy.)
August 4, 2013 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Mindy Kaling appears to be having a Meredith Grey/Nancy Botwin problem. While Ellen Pompeo‘s character on Grey’s Anatomy and Mary-Louise Parker‘s Nancy (Weeds) have arguably been the most hated female protagonists to ever be on television, Kaling is giving them some competition. Most agree it’s not the actresses themselves, but their characters. Unfortunately for Kaling, she’s basically playing a characterized version of herself on her show The Mindy Project, and it’s not really working out. People may kind of actually hate her and/or her character. June Thomas at Slate describes the situation.
Last October, a little after The Mindy Project debuted on Fox, Mindy Kaling told me that she didn’t mind if her character, Mindy Lahiri, sometimes seemed unlikable.
“I want her to be realistic and authentic. So many of the female characters that I see on TV, they’re just kind of put-upon and boring. They’re so worried about viewers not being able to handle them being nuanced or occasionally selfish. But every woman I know is occasionally selfish—and also can be heroic and funny. I just try to make her interesting and nuanced, and if some people think she’s obnoxious sometimes, well, people are sometimes obnoxious, and they can still be heroes.”
As the season progressed, it became obvious that this was a problematic choice. As my Slate colleague Willa Paskin pointed out in her former home at Salon, “Mindy Lahiri has been an asshole many times over, but it’s not always clear the show knows she is being an asshole.”
And what does Kaling think about all this?
Yeah, as it turns out, you shouldn’t be on TV and be like, ‘I want to be unlikable.’ [...] Unfortunately, if you’re a woman, there are some things that people don’t want to see. There’s a sense of protecting the female character that I hadn’t really anticipated. Some of that is bullshit, and we need to stretch what we expect our female characters to do.
What are your thoughts on Mindy Kaling? Do you like her? Do you like her but dislike her show, or vice versa?