Jameela Jamil is getting real with her Twitter followers, including about her mistakes.
The “Good Place” actress took to the social media platform last week to defend her recent casting as a judge on HBO Max’s upcoming “Legendary” while also coming out as queer.
On Monday, Jamil followed up her coming out with an Instagram post admitting that she chose “the most inappropriate and unfortunate time” to come out publicly.
She added, “Better out than in, and thank you for the thousands of messages of kindness and deeply personal letters from strangers and people I know, coming out to me privately. I don’t take it lightly and am happy for you that you felt ready to tell even one person.”
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Well. Last week was a perfect clusterfuck. It was completely overwhelming. The sequence of events was insane, a misunderstanding was left uncorrected for too long, and misinformation spread too far, too fast, then my timing was bad, and in a moment of distress and pain, personal things were blurted out because when you have a secret for decades and you’re traumatized, it always feels like it might just fucking burst out of you at any given moment, even the most inappropriate and unfortunate ones. I thankfully chose the *most* inappropriate and unfortunate time, maybe ever, for mine. 👌🏽 So now you don’t have to feel embarrassed about yours. I PEAKED FOR ALL OF US! 👊🏽 But timing aside. Better out than in, and thank you for the thousands of messages of kindness and deeply personal letters from strangers and people I know, coming out to me privately. I don’t take it lightly and am happy for you that you felt ready to tell even one person. Do it whenever you feel the time is right, as long as you think you’ll be safe. Don’t feel bad for hiding it for as long as you need, and move at your own pace. But feel no shame about getting it off your chest and know you aren’t alone. There is a huge community of people who understand you, respect you and stand with you. On we go, hoping this week will be calmer than the last, and sending everyone the most love. Jam 🌈
In her post Jamil began her coming out post last week, “Twitter is brutal. This is why I never officially came out as queer. But I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performance bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil when I was a kid.”
She 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 already a brown female In your thirties. This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out.”
After her emotional message, Jamil addressed the backlash, “I know that my being queer doesn’t qualify me as ballroom. But I have the privilege and power and a large following to bring to they show (as does the absolutely iconic Megan Thee 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 change.”
She added, “I’m not the MC. I’m not the main host. 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.”
While there is no announced premiere date for “Legendary”, the show begins production this week and is expected to air when HBO Max launches.
“In this series highlighting modern day ball culture, divas battle on teams called ‘Houses’ in fashion and dance challenges including voguing for the chance to snatch the legendary trophy and win a cash prize,” yet-to-launch streaming service HBO Max said of its upcoming series. “Voguing is a competitive style of modern dance featuring high fashion and choreography based on poses struck by models. ‘Legendary’ features eight voguing houses, each comprised of five performers and a leader — the house ‘parent.’ The teams compete in an arcing competition that documents a themed ball every episode from start to finish giving full access to the behind-the-scenes action.”