Mindy Kaling Has the Best Response After Being Mistaken for Malala Yousafzai

Mindy KalingOne of the things we love best about funny girl Mindy Kaling is her ability to not take herself too seriously. Case in point -- she recounted recent event in a New York Times profile where she was mistaken for Malala Yousafzai by a drunken octogenarian.

The Mindy Project star could have been highly offended by the case of mistaken identity, but she just laughed it off, and was even flattered to be mistaken for the teenaged Nobel Peace Prize winner.


The 35-year-old actress and writer said she was at an after party for The New York Festival on October 11 when "a tipsy man in his 80s corned her and showered her with compliments." One of the praises was, "Congratulations on your Nobel Prize!"

The elderly gentleman had obviously confused the comedienne for Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old girl who survived a near fatal gunshot wound to the head by the Taliban. She recently became the youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize, for her efforts to fight for women's rights to education in the Middle East.

Kaling is of Indian decent, but instead of complaining about racism, she laughed to the NYT writer, "Did he really think I'm Malala? And that if I were, I'd be at the Boom Boom Room? That's the best thing that's happened all night." 

Today show co-host Willie Geist continued to poke fun of the situation on Twitter, saying, "@MindyKaling, belated congrats on your Nobel Peace Prize! Well deserved, my friend. Fun NYT piece on Mindy explains."

Kaling had the best comeback ever. She tweeted back, "@WillieGeist thanks Willie. Is it bad that my first reaction was 'YES!!! SHE IS 17!!!'?"

And that is why we love Mindy so much.

Would you be offended if someone thought you were someone else of the same ethnicity?

Image via Mindy Kaling/Instagram

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