‘Never Have I Ever’ Is Great for Representation—But Not For All


To have a Brown girl from Mississauga, Ont. appearing in a Netflix show is a pretty big deal on its own. But to have said Brown girl be the star of that Netflix show—and put the experience of an Indian-American family front and centre on screens around the world? That’s huge.

And that’s why Never Have I Ever, the latest series from actor/director Mindy Kaling, is such a big freakin’ deal. The show, which was released on April 27, follows 16-year-old Devi Vishwakumar (played by Canadian and FLARE #HowIMadeIt honouree Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), an American teen dealing with the typical teen melodrama: popularity, finding a boyfriend, your parents ruining your life—you know the deal. But, along with all of these somewhat trivial teen issues, Devi also grapples with her Indian-American identity and figuring out what it all means to her.

Since the show was…

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