By Dave Andrusko
Earlier this month we ran Katie Yoder’s great analysis of the feminist assault on comedienne Mindy Kaling who dared to suggest, “It would be demeaning to the topic [abortion] to talk about it in a half-hour sitcom.”
Kaling (you may remember her from “The Office”) writes, produces and stars as an ob-gyn in the Fox comedy “The Mindy Project.”
But failure to toe the company line has its price. Kaling was chided by no less than Slate’s Amanda Marcotte.
“Sorry, but that’s total nonsense,” Marcotte intoned. “Abortion is actually a perfect topic for a half-hour comedy,” she asserted, “because it touches on so many themes that comedy writers love to mine for the laughs.” Pointing to Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” Marcotte opined, “how easy it is, if you let go of the fear of getting letters from anti-choice nuts, to make some really funny jokes about abortion.”
Well, Kaling has partially recanted. Faced with the all-too-predictable onslaught from the pro-abortion Thought Police, Kaling told the Huffington Post that she had “misspoke.”
“It was a Flare interview where I said I thought it would demean the issue of abortion to talk about it on a sitcom,” Kaling told HuffPost Live’s Ricky Camilleri. “What I should have said was ‘my sitcom.’”
Dancing on eggshells she told Camilleri she wasn’t ruling out the “potential” for an abortion story line in a future episode. Then she added
“But doing so in the context of “The Mindy Project” might not be as natural of a thematic extension as it might have been for past sitcoms that have addressed abortion.”
Why? Well the show doesn’t do political issues. And then in a concession to reality, Kaling stated the obvious—obvious to anyone but the Marcottes and the crew at Jezebel of this world:
“There’s also another challenge, Kaling said: It’s hard to make comedy about something like abortion.
“’It doesn’t strike me — and I don’t think this is controversial — as the funniest of areas, and I run a comedy show,’ she said.”
Obviously Kaling is in need of a full-stint at a re-education camp where she can learn to think the right thoughts. Of course abortion is a goldmine of material for a comedy series. What could possibly be funnier than ripping a kid apart, except eviscerating two?
Didn’t she see “Obvious Child,” that hilarious “rom-comedy” ? Remember Donna Stern, the lead character, a part-time night time comic played by Jenny Slate?
Stern’s pregnant from a one-night stand and is looking in the mirror, practicing what she is going “to lead with” when she tells the baby’s father what she intends to do.
And she comes up with? “I’m having your abortion. Do you want to share dessert?”
What a knee-slapper. How about the night before she aborts her baby? She’s about to go on stage and a friend tells Stern she’s “going to kill it up there.”
“No,” Donna quips, “that’s tomorrow.”
As a reviewer for the New York Daily News, who loved the film, said, “Now that’s owning an abortion comedy.”
Kaling didn’t fully capitulate to the pro-abortion Ministry of [Mangled] Truth, so I suppose we should be grateful for that.
But what a great message it would have sent if Kaling could have stood up for the right to think for herself.