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Jameela Jamil Officially Comes Out as Queer After Backlash For Joining HBO Max's Vogueing Competition Show

Jameela Jamil Officially Comes Out as Queer After Backlash For Joining HBO Max's Vogueing Competition Show

Jameela Jamil has come out as queer after facing backlash of joining HBO Max’s vogueing competition series.

The Good Place actress took to social media to come out to fans and haters.

“Twitter is brutal. This is why I never officially came out as queer,” she wrote in a new post. “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. 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.”

Jameela added, “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 a brown female in your thirties.”

“This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out. I’m jumping off this hell app for a while because I don’t want to read mean comments dismissing this. You can keep your thoughts.”

She continued on, “I know that being queer doesn’t qualify me as ballroom. but I have privilege and power and a large following to bring to this show, (as does the absolutely iconic Megan Tee Stallion,) and it’s beautiful contestants and ballroom hosts. Sometimes it takes those with more power to help a show get off the ground so we can elevate marginalized stars that deserve the limelight and give them a chance.”

“I’m not the MC. I’m not the main host,” Jameela wrote. “I’m just a lead judge due 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.”

Earlier in the week, fans came after Jameela after it was announced she joined the upcoming show as a judge.

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