This is Mindy Kaling. Comedian, actress, writer. Currently the star of The Mindy Project, her very own TV show.
This is Malala Yousafzai. Teenage women's rights activist, and recent Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
They are, as you can see, two completely different people.
But for some people, it seems that their difference in age, skin tone, facial structure, and profession (among other things) is not enough to distinguish them.
At the after-party for a recent Q&A as part of The New Yorker Festival, the New York Times recounted that an elderly man approached Kaling and told her, “Congratulations on your Nobel Prize."
Kaling was understandably confused, especially because the after-party was at a nightclub. After he left, she asked, “Did he really think I’m Malala?...And that if I were, I’d be at the Boom Boom Room?"
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THIS IS MINDY KALING. NOT MALALA YOUSAFZAI.