Whether In Blackface Or Not, Mindy Kaling's Brother Is Consistently A D*ck
Mindy Kaling, the beloved comedienne who created and currently stars in The Mindy Project, is delightful. She catapulted into her current position after spending years as a producer, director, writer AND character on The Office. Mindy Kaling is not a dick, as far as we know. But this is not about Mindy Kaling. Her brother, though? Hoo boy! Kaling's brother, Vijay Chokalingam, is quite a dick!
It seems that, while he was applying to, and subsequently attending, medical school, he decided that it would be a good idea to wear blackface, and now he wants to turn all that into a nice book deal!
Chokalingam, who went as "Jojo" during this time, says he learned A Very Important Lesson: that affirmative action is all about letting lazy black people get into college ahead of the kids who work hard.
For reasons that have surely been retconned into a “subversive” “social experiment”, Chokalingam submitted applications to medical school in the Fall 1998 while describing himself as “Black”. Chokalingam chose to submit his GPA, his MCAT score, and his essay (discussing his belief that doctors should work towards an “efficient and profitable medical system” by not forgetting the “business aspect” of medical care) to 26 top- and middle-tier medical schools around the country while disguising himself as a Black man named “Jojo Chokalingam” (Jojo is Chokalingam’s middle name).
He was accepted to the St. Louis University Medical School, but rejected most other places, among them Columbia, Yale, George Washington, Nebraska, Penn and others. But yet, upon acceptance to St. Louis, he somehow figured that this all meant that, because he was Jojo The Black Dude during these years (with the last name "Chokalingam," it's amazing how nobody figured out he might be Indian-American!), his theory of affirmative action giving everything away to The Blacks for free was solid!
Yes, in Vijay's mind, "Jojo" only got in because he was black:
Rather than to emphasize that Chokalingam-in-Blackface was ultimately rejected from thirteen medical schools — a whopping 93% of those he applied to — Chokalingam would have us focus on the fact that he was accepted into a single medical school: St. Louis University School of Medicine. Of course, he concludes, he only got in because he was (playing at) Black, right?
We guess this means "Jojo" was, despite his overwhelming black make-up that must have gotten him out of SO MANY SPEEDING TICKETS, not that good a med school candidate. His MCAT score of 31Q was low-ish, but not unacceptable. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University Of Chicago's school of economics (maybe that's where he learned rightwing victimhood?), where he did sorta okay, but not great.
But hurray, he got into a mediocre school and was fake black the whole time, this totally proves that minority students are treated better than white students like Vijay Chokalingam, wait what?
Choklingam explains how it was that he came to prove that affirmative action gives all the black people a free pass, when he was rejected by all but his safety school:
'Vijay the Indian-American frat boy became Jojo the African American Affirmative Action applicant to medical school,' he said, claiming that Jojo was the middle name he was born with. [...]
'I became a serious contender at some of the greatest medical schools in America, including Harvard, Wash U, UPenn, Case Western, and Columbia,' he said about the application process.
'In all, I interviewed at eleven prestigious medical schools in 9 major cities across America, while posing a black man,' he added.
When he says he was a "serious contender," we guess he means he finished writing his applications and the mailman found that he applied stamps to the envelopes in an acceptable way -- probably another free pass he wouldn't have gotten if they thought he was Indian-American -- and went ahead and sent them off to various schools, which rejected him. Oh, and he also reports that his make-up didn't convince admissions officers that he was, in fact, black. Maybe they rejected him because it is very weird and offensive for a prospective student to show up for an interview wearing blackface?
Of course, life as "Jojo" wasn't all fun and games, according to his blog:
Cops harassed me. Store clerks accused me of shoplifting. Women were either scared of me or couldn’t keep their hands off me. What started as a devious ploy to gain admission to medical school turned into twisted social experiment.
Which he didn't learn fuckall from!
Mindy Kaling says she had no idea about the whole thing, reporting that she and her creepy big brother are estranged and have been so for years. Creepy Jojo explains that he totally knows what he's doing to his sister's good name, on his blog:
'My sister Mindy Kaling (Vera Mindy Chokalingam), of the Mindy Project and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, strongly disapproves of my book,' he wrote.
'She actually said, 'This book will bring shame on our family'. The rest of my family does not agree with the book. Still, they respect my right to make my own decisions with my career,' he added.
It's amazing that Mindy Kaling has been able to achieve more than "Jojo," even without donning blackface. CRAZY!
Oh, also, too, Chokalingam didn't even finish med school, because again, he is a mediocre dick. According to The Daily Caller, he went on to get an MBA from UCLA, and as we all know, anybody can get an MBA -- you don't even have to be black!
So ... someone plz give him book deal? He will probably need to find a good black ghostwriter, though, to tell his story.
Again, this is not about Mindy Kaling, who seems by all accounts to be delightful. We are sorry that Kaling is having to deal with her brother being a complete and utter douchecanoe, one whose story is only echoing as loudly as it is because his sister is better and more successful than he is. Lots of people have embarrassing family members, and they should not be blamed or dragged through the mud for it.
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