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Mindy Kaling Makes Child Abuse Joke While Promoting Kid’s Film ‘Inside Out’ On ‘Good Morning America’

Things got a little awkward during Mindy Kaling’s Good Morning America segment.

The actress, who currently stars in the ensemble pixar film Inside Out, stopped by for an interview with George Stephanopoulos to promote the new film.

In the film Kaling plays the emotion “Disgust” who resides inside an 11-year-old girl’s mind. While Stephanopoulos was raving about the film, Mindy decided she couldn’t hold back from turning an innocent comment into a joke about child abuse — sort of.

While praising the film, Stephanopoulos said, “It really does make you feel like you’re inside this 11-year-old girl.”

Mindy Kaling, who could barely contain herself, held a tight smile, and pushed his innocent compliment in a completely different direction by stating, “In a profoundly wholesome way.”

Faint laughter could be heard right after she cracks the joke, but the awkward pause is practically deafening as Stephanopoulos scrambled to segue into another question.

Like a pro, Kaling went into her spiel about how it felt to work with the team on Inside Out. “It was amazing. I was so excited to be working with Pixar. I think that there’s certain people in show business like the Coen Brothers, or Alexander Payne, that you are– no matter what they want, you’re going to go out there and do it.”

Inside Out’s official film synopsis is as follows: “Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy (Amy Poehler) — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.”

Seeing as we all have core memories, and the film does a lot to put that forward in a way kids will understand, the Good Morning America host asked Mindy Kaling what one of her stand out memories was.

Ealing replied, “When I was little my mom was an OBYN and incredibly busy. There was one time she came home when I was four or five years old, she brought home Dunkin Donuts, and I remember just sitting on her lap, and she introduced me to a jelly donut and we shared it together. It was at a time where I didn’t want to share my mom with anyone, so that was a very magical experience for me.”

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