Attention all defensive, reading-way-into-things people out there: Mindy Kaling doesn’t need you to defend her Elle cover, okay? During her appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman last night, she wanted everyone to know that she thought she looked really beautiful on her first fashion magazine cover, and when all of you lit your torches and shook your fist in protest of her close-up, black and white photo, you actually made her feel fat and ugly. Good job, guys! And it’s not the first time Mindy has had to defend herself. Ugh.
Like Melissa McCarthy before her, Mindy doesn’t understand what the outrage is all about. While some might say it’s not right that out of the four female comedians featured as covergirls for Elle‘s February issue, Mindy is the only woman whose entire body isn’t shown. She is also the only women of color who isn’t actually featured in color, but in black-and-white. So not only are Elle‘s editors shameful fat-shamers, but now they’re racist bigots, too! Except Mindy doesn’t think so at all. And if Mindy doesn’t think so, maybe everyone should calm down, take a deep breath, and stop looking for reasons to be outraged when there aren’t any.
“I didn’t expect this reaction. The shot is of me is like this, 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?’”Oh, I thought [the cover] was nice, but the implication was, ‘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?’”
She has a point, you guys. She was probably on a real self-esteem/Photoshop high and then everyone had to go and ruin it by making her over-analyze herself. While I am all about feminism and bringing feminist issues to light, I’m not sure this is one. I think people have a tendency to find moral outrage in just about anything, when some battles are better left not chosen. Since Mindy and Lena Dunham are pals, maybe the former can teach the latter to keep her defensive attitude in check. I get the reasoning behind the defensiveness, but sometimes you just need to give your fist a rest.