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On Mindy Kaling: A Discussion About Hollywood & Cancel Culture

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Mindy Kaling is one of the most successful and powerful women in Hollywood but currently, she is facing criticism for the way she depicts some of her characters.

Today, on a special No Filter, Mia is joined by Emily Vernem and Laura Brodnik, two women who have their own unique perspectives on the criticism. Together they have an honest and open conversation about representation in Hollywood, the burden of being a 'first' in your industry and why everyone seems to have such strong views about Kaling’s new animated remake of Scooby Doo, called Velma


With thanks to Emily Vernem and Laura Brodnik. Listen to Laura on The Spill.

Teen Vogue - On “Velma,” Mindy Kaling, and Whether Brown Girls Can Ever Like Ourselves on TV by Sakeina Syed

Buzzfeed News - The Mindy Kaling Backlash Has Lost All Nuance by Izzy Ampil

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Audio Producer: Madeline Joannou

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