A “Medium Rich South Asian” was deeply moved by a beautiful and underappreciated bond that was highlighted in the film “Crazy Rich Asians.”

On Monday, Mindy Kaling decided to express how much she loved the new, Asian-led romantic comedy on Twitter.

Quick Crazy Rich Asian thoughts from this Medium Rich South Asian thot:
         — Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 3, 2018 

As I saw the very first sentence, I thought “Medium Rich South Asian” refers to 'Mindy Kaling'. But latter context changed my mind a bit, because Mindy Kaling post this on tweeter: "Quick Crazy Rich Asian thoughts from this Medium Rich South Asian thot". I'm kind of getting lost from here.

What does "this Medium Rich South Asian thot" truly mean in this context?

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Yes, it refers to Kaling.

This is sometimes used to refer to the speaker. The context implies it, as you initially guessed.

"Medium" is being used to mean something like "somewhat": somewhat rich.

A South Asian person is a person from South Asia. This prominently includes India and Kaling is of Indian heritage.

I don't want to get into too many details, but "this Medium Rich South Asian" modifies the noun "thot". "Thot" is a derogatory term towards woman. It's typically used to say a woman is sexually immodest. However, I seriously doubt she's calling herself that. I imagine she's trying to reclaim the word and is using it to mean something like "sexually empowered woman", or even simply "empowered/strong woman". She's also a comedian, so she might be trying to use it in a jocular way.

For simplicity's sake, I use "woman" for "thot". As you can tell, it's an incomplete sentence, so I make a reasonable attempt at a complete sentence. The "s" is dropped in "Crazy Rich Asian(s)" because it's modifying "thoughts" in the first line. I also change the capitalization and punctuation. And then I rephrase it afterwards.

[Here are some] quick Crazy Rich Asian thoughts from this somewhat rich, South Asian woman.
→ Here are some thoughts about the movie Crazy Rich Asians from me, a somewhat rich, South Asian woman.

  • Does "Thot" mean "the ho over there"?
    – dan
    Sep 4, 2018 at 8:41
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    That's one proposed origin. But that's often too literal. It's more often used as a noun with the meaning I described above.
    – Em.
    Sep 4, 2018 at 8:47
  • How do you pronounce it?
    – dan
    Sep 4, 2018 at 9:29
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    To me, it rhymes with lot. I say /θɑt/. I imagine this will vary by dialect.
    – Em.
    Sep 4, 2018 at 9:49

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