Actress Jameela Jamil decided to use her Twitter account to come out as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. The move followed the backlash she experienced after the news about her role in HBO Max’s new show about ball culture, called Legendary, was released.
For those who don’t know, the streaming service HBO Max is working on Legendary. According to NewNowNext, the description reads:
Legendary turns modern-day ball culture into a competition, featuring divas battling on teams called “Houses” in challenges involving fashion, dance, and voguing. Each house is comprised of five performers and a leader. The nine-episode series features the teams facing off against one another for a trophy and cash prize. Each episode features a different themed ball and extensive footage of the competitors preparing behind the scenes.
It does sound interesting, right? More queer content to look forward to.
However, the backlash began when people read actress Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) would be part of the upcoming series as an MC and judge.
Of course, that didn’t sit well with some.
Jamil took to Twitter to address the situation.
Even Pose star Indya Moore supported Jamil.
During the continuing backlash, Jamil decided to come out as a queer person. And you know what? Good for her! Even though the environment it happened in wasn’t ideal.
Jamil’s coming out has received a lot of support from others. For many, it addressed the concerns they had about a cisgender straight woman running Legendary.
Some people are saying the queer community shouldn’t gatekeep when it comes to allies wanting to bring queer content to the masses. For them, it shouldn’t matter if Jamil was a queer person or not for her to be part of Legendary.
However, some say that if allies want to support queer content, they should offer a platform to queer people instead of taking all of the spotlight.
Also, there’s the issue of Jamil not having the experience for such a position.
Let’s see how Legendary is received when it’s ready to debut on HBO Max.
What do you think of Jamil’s decision to come out?
Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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