Kaling, 40, discussed the incident in a profile in Elle magazine, which was published online overnight. She was the only woman and person of colour in the writers’ room when she was hired on the Office at the age of 24, and claimed that after the show was nominated for an Emmy, the Television Academy told her there were too many names on the producing team – and made her justify her spot on the list.
“They made me, not any of the other producers, fill out a whole form and write an essay about all my contributions as a writer and a producer,” she said. “I had to get letters from all the other male, white producers saying that I had contributed, when my actual record stood for itself.”
That’s the claim.
Here’s the response:
In a statement to the LA Times, the Academy said that at the time “every performer producer and writer producer was asked to justify their producer credit,” claiming that “no one person was singled out.”
OK. The actual problem being that “too many” were claiming such producer spots. But there’s one more little interesting point:
“I *was* singled out. There were other Office writer-performer-producers who were NOT cut from the list. Just me. The most junior person, and woman of colour. Easiest to dismiss. Just sayin’.”
If there are too many isn’t it the most junior who is most likely to be cut? Or at least asked to justify?
That is, if there were no misogyny, no racism, we’d still see exactly the same person being asked to write the essay?