Watercooler conversation isn’t what it used to be.
As Mindy Kaling, writer and star of “The Office,” recently pointed out, a sitcom can’t be made in the current politically correct climate — because it’s “not very relevant right now.”
“The writers that I’m still in touch with now, we always talk about how much of that show we can’t do right now,” Kaling, 43, said. in a recent interview On Good Morning America.
â€œTastes have changed, to be honest, what offends people has changed a lot now. “I think one of the reasons the show is popular is because people feel like it’s talking about some kind of fearlessness or taboo,” added the New York Times bestselling author.
The American version of the workplace comedy, based on the British series of the same name, aired on NBC from 2005 to 2013. The series follows the daily lives of the charismatic employees of Dunder Mifflin, led by the eccentric regional manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell). It also stars John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, BJ Novak and Rainn Wilson, among others.
In retrospect, the show is guilty of comments that wouldn’t fly in 2022, including problematic jokes about the characters’ different nationalities and sexual orientations. Themes of workplace and sexual abuse, such as the gruesome words spoken about Stanley Hudson’s (Leslie David Baker) young daughter, are not rehashed for today’s audience.
Kaling portrayed the hot, crazy Kelly Kapoor in all nine seasons of the show. When asked what would happen to his character in the current reboot of the series, he said, “I think he would have gone from Dunder Mifflin to become an influencer and then almost immediately could have been canceled. In fact , most characters from that show would have been canceled by now.â€
The Tony Award-winning producer of “The Strange Ring” after a “GMA” appearance on Friday. teased on anchors An alleged relationship between Amy Robach and TJ Holmes on Twitter.
“Good Morning America is trending because of my looks, right?” Kaling joked.
The Office is currently available to stream on Peacock.