For a series like Game of Thrones, it’s impossible to assume an entire episode will go by without a scene offending someone. But that’s arguably not something expected from Fox’s The Mindy Project, a series with suggestiveness that is far more silly than salacious. A recent episode titled “I Slipped” involved some in-the-bedroom action between Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and boyfriend Danny (Chris Messina) where he “accidentally” sticks it in the wrong place, a plotline that has become the center of some conversations about sexual consent on television.
Sex on broadcast TV is pushing more boundaries than it ever has, relatively speaking, but anal sex hasn’t yet become the go-to craze, least of all the non-consensual kind. Mindy Kaling is upfront about the way she and her writers tackle taboo topics, but the public reaction was not at all how they envisioned this bit of button-pushing playing out. Here’s how she explained it to The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum at the New Yorker Festival earlier this month.
Having watched the episode, it definitely comes off to me as a slightly edgy topic (anal sex) handled in a slightly typical sitcom fashion (everything spirals out of control around that one topic). It wasn’t hilarious, but it’s got some honest moments going for it. Here's a clip which sort of illustrates where they went with it...
Right or wrong, some people will experiment with anything, be it anal sex in a committed relationship or throwing glass into a plastics only container. Kaling shared with HuffPost her thoughts on showing TV audiences this somewhat primal motivation.
As The Mindy Show continues to set its footing throughout the rest of Season 3, one can only wonder where this relationship will go next. I’m guessing Shonda Rhimes’ appearance didn't involve S&M threesomes for a completely different reason though.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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