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Jameela Jamil Comes Out As Queer Following Backlash Over Her Role In An Upcoming TV Show

'This is absolutely not how I wanted to come out.'

By Sukriti Wahi
Jameela Jamil has come out as queer following online backlash over her latest role as a judge in the upcoming TV show Legendary, a new reality series centred around ballroom culture and voguing.
The negativity that arose upon the announcement of her position (which was initially misreported as a hosting role) came from The Good Place actress' perceived lack of connection to the theme of the show, as voguing culturally stems from the queer, black and Latinx subculture of drag balls.
Most notably actor Trace Lysette, who also interviewed for the position, tweeted:
"As the mother of a house for nearly a decade, it's kind of [sic] kind blowing when ppl with no connection to our culture gets the gig. This is not shade towards Jameela, I love all that she stands for.
"If anything, I question the decision makers."
Jamil—who is to be joined on the judging panel by Megan Thee Stallion, stylist and America's Next Top Model Judge Law Roach, and vogue legend Leiomy Maldonado—issued a lengthy statement on Twitter, openly acknowledging that she knows she is not a part of the vogue and ballroom scene, but that she hopes to be a "window in for people who are just discovering it now".
She also stated that "Twitter is brutal" and that "This is why I never officially came out as queer".
You can read Jamil's complete statement below: