Jameela Jamil Comes Out on Twitter After Facing Backlash For ‘Legendary’ Gig — Read Her Full Statement

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jameela Jamil

Actress Jameela Jamil was just lately introduced as a part of the solid of an upcoming HBO Max actuality collection, titled Legendary. However, her supposed rank as host/MC rapidly introduced on loads of criticism. Jamil then felt she wanted to elucidate herself as greater than an ally of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. Read on to be taught what occurred, and her response.

Jameela Jamil was a bunch earlier than she starred in ‘The Good Place’

At the beginning of her leisure profession, Jamil was was really not an actress in any respect. In her native England, she was often known as a bunch and radio presenter. Jamil was greatest identified for internet hosting The Official Chart Update on BBC Radio 1.

It wasn’t till 2016 that Jamil moved to the U.S. and tried her hand at appearing. From there, she landed the function of Tahani Al-Jamil on The Good Place. The collection just lately got here to an finish, and, other than a few voice appearing gigs, Jamil has been targeted on persevering with in her former occupation.

She was introduced as internet hosting ‘Legendary’

Jamil hosts The Misery Index, a comedy sport present on TBS. She has now taken on a further job. On Feb. 4, 2020, Deadline (in addition to different publications) introduced that she can be the MC (and a decide) of an upcoming voguing competitors collection.

Legendary is about to premiere on HBO Max in Spring 2020. According to the outline, “divas will battle on voguing teams called ‘houses,’ with the chance to win a cash prize in ballsy fashion and dance challenges to ultimately achieve ‘Legendary’ status.”

The backlash included confusion over her title

Backlash started to pour in from all throughout the web. Specifically, Twitter, after all. Many have been involved that Jamil, a cisgender lady, can be internet hosting this sort of competitors, provided that it’s inherently a part of queer tradition. Transgender actor Trace Lysette even commented on the information, saying that she had auditioned for the gig as properly.

However, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than Jamil took to the web to make clear. She acknowledged firmly that she is “just one of the judges,” and that “the brilliant Dashaun Wesley” would be the host. All of this confusion was, allegedly, brought on by an incorrect press launch.

Jamil comes out as queer

Jameela Jamil
Jameela Jamil | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Regardless of the correction (which was nonetheless some extent of confusion on the time of this text’s publication), Jamil continued to obtain criticism. She then took to her social media platform as soon as extra to make clear one other level concerning her affiliation with the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. Her full assertion follows:

Twitter is brutal. This is why I by no means formally got here out as queer. I added a rainbow to my identify after I felt prepared a couple of years in the past, because it’s not straightforward throughout the south Asian neighborhood to be accepted, and I at all times answered truthfully if ever straight-up requested about it on Twitter. But I saved it low as a result of I used to be afraid of the ache of being accused of performative bandwagon leaping, over one thing that precipitated me loads of confusion, worry and turmoil after I was a child. I didn’t come from a household with *anybody* brazenly out. It’s additionally scary as an actor to brazenly admit your sexuality, particularly whenever you’re already a brown feminine in your thirties. This is totally not how I needed it to return out. I’m leaping off this hell app for some time as a result of I don’t need to learn imply feedback dismissing this. You can maintain your ideas.

Her assertion, continued

Jamil continued, talking about why she feels she was chosen as a bunch of the present, and what she will do to assist it do properly.

I do know that my being queer doesn’t qualify me as ballroom. But I’ve privilege and energy and a big following to convey to this present, (as does the completely iconic Megan Thee Stallion,) and [its] stunning contestants and ballroom hosts. Sometimes it takes these with extra energy to assist a present get off the bottom so we will elevate marginalized stars that deserve the limelight and provides them an opportunity. I’m not the MC. I’m not the principle host. I’m only a lead decide on account of my 11 years of internet hosting expertise, being totally neutral, a newcomer to ballroom (like a lot of the viewers shall be) and subsequently a window in for people who find themselves simply discovering it now, and being a very long time ally of the [LGBTQ] neighborhood.

Jamil additionally defined that taking pictures would start on Feb. 6, 2020, and praised these she’d be working with.

We begin taking pictures tomorrow and I’m actually excited to look at these stars shine and be celebrated. I’m excited to work with Leiomy, Dashaun and Mike Q. As I’m with my friend Law Roach and Megan. It’s f***ing onerous to be requested to proceed to be affected person after so lengthy of ready for what you need. I do know that. South Asian tales are nearly by no means instructed with out white stars. But I hope you don’t let a couple of castings designed to assist the present get off the bottom, cease you from supporting expertise from Ballroom on this present. They actually are f***ing superb and I’m actually honoured to work with them.

Finally, Jamil defined that she didn’t need to communicate with press concerning her determination to return out and her casting within the present. Is the hubbub surrounding all of this over now? It’s onerous to say, but it surely seems as if Jamil gained’t be collaborating in it.

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