Mindy Kaling is Not Chubby (and Other Rants).

As a closet comedy nerd, I make it my business to read any book by a woman currently making it as a comedy writer. Which is why I picked up ¬†Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and other concerns).

Mindy Kaling: Funny, not fat.

Mindy Kaling: Funny, not fat.

It was pretty good. Laugh out loud awesome in parts. And I’m pretty sure if we met, we’d be BFFs (well, not really, but she seems like a funny girl I’d totally dig talking to).

But she thinks she’s fat. The word she most often uses is “chubby,” but ¬†fat is thrown out more than a few times.

And that? Pisses me off.

The Internet tells me she’s somewhere between 5’2 and 5’4.

Her book tells me she’s a size 8.

Those two numbers? Do not equal fat.

Healthy? Yes. Not afraid of the occasional ice cream sundae? God, I hope so. But definitely not fat.

I am 5’4. I think I look pretty damn smoking at a size 8. And since she was named one of People’s Most Beautiful People last year, it seems fairly obvious that she does too.

And yet, her fatness was a pervasive theme throughout her book.

It’s completely ridiculous. And kind of makes me want to punch her.

Mindy, we girls out here in the real world have plenty of people telling us we don’t measure up. As a smart, successful woman in Hollywood, have the balls to stand up for yourself and say, “I don’t need to be anorexic, bitches. I have more talent in my pinky finger than you do in your entire Barbie-wanna be bod.”

It’s okay to like food.

It’s okay to be able to stand outside on a windy day and not get blown over.

It’s pretty damn awesome to be a “normal” size.

Own it.



4 Comments on Mindy Kaling is Not Chubby (and Other Rants).

  1. Andi
    July 16, 2012 at 12:26 am (4 years ago)

    If your blog had a “like” button, I would be pushing it until it came out “love”. Well said.

    We need to stop using the “f” word. And the “c” word. Especially on ourselves.

    I’m not fat, I’m fabulous. I’m not chubby, I’m kind. How about those for some adjectives to throw around?!

  2. Lady Jennie
    July 22, 2012 at 2:49 am (4 years ago)

    She was probably surrounded by some critical people – I know I was. That’s some pretty tough conditioning to break.

  3. Lissa
    August 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh great, more chatter from the fat acceptance crowd. She is beautiful, she is talented, I am a fan, but she is fat. Fat isn’t something to hide in shame over, but it is the reality. Get over it.

    • Amber
      September 9, 2013 at 10:28 pm (2 years ago)

      If a size 8 is fat then 95 percent of the country is fat. Just saying. There is a difference between “not stick thin” and “fat.” You should learn it.


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