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Jameela Jamil has come out as queer on Twitter, admitting that she has hidden her sexuality for years.
The Good Place actress has received a great deal of backlash for being cast in Legendary, HBO’s new show about Vogue-ing. I.e. the dance craze which was introduced to the world by the LGBTQ community in the 80s.
The 33-year-old took to Twitter to defend her casting, telling fans she had been afraid to “officially” come out as queer due to her Asian heritage…
“This is why I never officially came out as queer. I added a rainbow to my name when I felt ready a few years ago, as it’s not easy within the south Asian community to be accepted, and I always answered honestly if ever straight up asked about it on Twitter,” her lengthy statement began.
“But I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil when I was a kid.
“I didn’t come from a family with *anyone* openly out. It’s also scary as an actor to openly admit your sexuality, especially when you’re already a brown female in your thirties.
“This is absolutely not how I wanted to come out.”
And as this isn’t how Jameela envisioned telling the world about her sexuality, we aren’t surprised to learn that she has decided to briefly leave Twitter, to avoid reading the comments to her coming out post.
“You can keep your thoughts,” she added.
She also added another statement about her involvement with the new HBO show, to try and silence the many trolls who slammed her for not having experience in ballroom culture…
“I know that being queer doesn’t qualify me as ballroom. But I have privilege and power and a large following to bring this show (as does the absolutely iconic Megan Thee Stallion) and it’s beautiful contestants and ballroom hosts,” she said.
“Sometimes it takes those with more power to help a show get off the ground so we can elevate marginalised stars that deserve the limelight and give them a chance.”
And despite what some reports are suggesting, Jameela Jamil will not be the host…
“I’m not the MC. I’m not the main host,” she clarified.
“I’m just a lead judge to my 11 years of hosting experience, being fully impartial, a newcomer to ballroom (like much of the audience will be) and therefore a window in for people who are just discovering it now, and being a long time ally of the lgbtq community.”
We can’t wait for the show!
And we applaud Jameela Jamil for finding the strength and courage to finally come out!