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Mindy Kaling Awesomely Calls Out People Who Give Her Backhanded Compliments Because Of Her Weight

Mindy Kaling Jimmy Kimmel Live

Mindy Kaling has shown time and time again that she’s really good at calling out Hollywood stereotypes and double standards in a hilarious and down-to-earth way, and she showed it once more last night when she stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live. One of the things they talked about was Mindy’s recent Vogue spread. In the accompanying interview, she was asked questions about her weight, as is bound to happen when famous women of pretty much any size — but especially those who aren’t thin — get interviewed for anything.

Mindy gave a great answer, basically saying she has things she would change about herself and she’d like to lose weight, but she doesn’t feel the need to be skinny and she also doesn’t obsess over getting to a certain size. But as Mindy tells Jimmy, that choice to not be “skinny” can lead to some weird and pretty rude reactions from people in the form of backhanded compliments. Because, in case you’d somehow forgotten, humans really suck sometimes. Mindy shared a photo of herself on a red carpet in a midriff-baring outfit and says that in addition to getting outright hate about her size, people have also reacted by telling her how incredibly brave she is for looking the way she does.

I see this kind of thing all the time in fashion magazines and on fashion critique shows. Women who aren’t Hollywood thin are spoken about in this condescending “She’s so brave and refreshing” way that basically implies, “She looks so great… for a chubby girl.” Or as Mindy says in her witty way, she “feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster.” Far too many articles about average or plus-sized women talk about how they’re “flaunting” or “showing off” or “being proud of” their curves, as if wearing anything other than a shapeless potato sack is as brave as going to war.

And I also think it’s great that Jimmy chimes in to show that it’s not just women who receive these kinds of fake compliments. He heard similar things after he lost weight, with people basically implying that he looked terrible before. Let’s go ahead and get the slow clap started for these two.

You can reach this post's author, Jill O’Rourke, on twitter.
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  • Kaitlin Reilly

    So true. Non-size-2 celebrities are always applauded for “flaunting their curves” and “working with what they’ve got!” Really annoying!

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Exactly. Why isn’t it possible to just say someone looks great and leave it at that?

  • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

    She’s not friggin fat! Although she herself has called herself “chubby” in articles which is just annoying as well.

  • JJ

    God its so true. People often don’t even realize there doing it which is sometimes worse too. Like telling women who don’t wear make up or fit into a tiny clothing size, “oh its so great you aren’t concerned about your looks and shallow stuff like that”. Uh I still like to look good too like Mindy just because were not size 2 doesn’t mean I don’t like to feel pretty, presentable and approachable. And Jimmy is spot on too about the post weight loss back handed compliments.

  • Kate

    Slightly off topic, but in case you needed further proof of Mindy’s deserved sainthood: she had a signing in NYC last week at Club Monaco that ended up attracting a WAAAY bigger crowd than expected. Not only did she stay an hour later to meet as many fans as she could, she felt so badly about not getting to meet everyone that she spent hours tweeting personal apologies to those of us who froze in line for naught and is sending every single one of us signed books with handwritten apology notes.

    TL;DR Mindy Kaling is a beautiful baby angel sent down from heaven to show celebrities how to treat their fans

    (Sources: https://twitter.com/mindykaling/status/449033115269607424, http://instagram.com/p/mTgCwbpQ8M/)

    • Jill O’Rourke

      Awww I love this. Thanks for sharing that. She is so awesome.

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  • Dom Di Stroia

    What exactly is she trying to prove by carrying all that extra weight?
    Is she conducting a self-subjected experiment, a la the movie “Supersize Me”?

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