Jameela Jamil Announces Her Queerness After “Legendary” Backlash (Updated)

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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.

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Jamil took to Twitter to address the situation.

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Even Pose star Indya Moore supported Jamil.

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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.

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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.

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Image via Twitter @JohnnySibilly (profanity has been edited out)

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.


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4 thoughts on “Jameela Jamil Announces Her Queerness After “Legendary” Backlash (Updated)

  1. Any show that is a little bit queer there is always some kind of ‘backlash’ or upset. It feels like that these things are planned, that it is ‘manufactured outrage’ to promote the show. Obviously I could be complete wrong but it is like a pattern and it really puts me off. This is not my kind of show but even if it was I won’t watch it because of this backlash. I think social media influences love a good upset because they can create content on sites like You Tube and get traffic. Remember Batwoman and the upset about some cringe moments, really bad for the show. I guess everybody at least knows about it.These things are off putting and I really don’t know why the fans love to engage in these things. Personally at least it is not something I wanted to watch. For those who do want to see it, hope you enjoy and that it does well.

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