Jameela Jamil Comes Out As Queer After Backlash Over Her New Gig

“This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out.”

Earlier today, actress Jameela Jamil came out as queer on social media after copping backlash over a new gig as the MC of a vogueing show.

Yesterday, HBO Max announced that Jamil would be the MC and judge of the upcoming vogueing competition series, Legendary. According to Deadline, HBO also revealed Jamil would be joined by fellow judges “Megan Thee Stallion, Law Roach and Leiomy Maldonado alongside a weekly rotating guest judge with commentary by Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ.”

After the announcement was made, fans quickly took to Twitter to criticise HBO’s choice of host, with many claiming Jamil was unqualified to MC and judge a show about an LGBTQ subculture she’s not a part of.

One user tweeted, “I think Jameela is great, but this show raises eyebrows because this could very well lean into the appropriation of ball culture. I am trying to be open to it until we get more details, but the fact that this is on a major streaming platform is raising some red flags…”

Jamil quickly responded to Deadline’s claims, asking that Dashaun Wesley be corrected credited as the MC instead of her. She followed up by tweeting, “@DEADLINE says I am the MC of this show! I am NOT. I am just one of the judges.”

“Reading an inaccurate press release about our new show yesterday was upsetting, and it triggered a lot of incorrect news articles about it,” she then tweeted. “To be very clear, it’s @DashaunWesley who has worked on this show for 2 years and is (and always has been) the MC of #Legendary.”

Despite her attempts to clarify the situation, Jamil continued to face criticism online which lead her to release a statement on her sexuality. She labelled the post ‘Twitter is brutal’ and went on to say “this is why I never officially came out as queer.”

“I added the 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.”

Jamil said she was “scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil with *anyone* openly out.”

She went on to say that it’s “scary as an actor to openly admit your sexuality, especially when you’re already a brown female in your thirties,” and that “this is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out.” 

Jamil acknowledged that “being queer doesn’t qualify me as ballroom,” but that she can bring privilege, power and a large following to the show. “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.”

She also added that she would be taking a break from Twitter following the backlash.

It’s heartbreaking that Jameela Jamil felt forced to come out as queer to avoid hate. Whether she’s right for the show or not, it shouldn’t have gotten to this point.

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Iconic Oscars Red Carpet Looks That Deserve A Repeat

Take us back.

The 92nd Academy Awards are upon us, which means plenty of chit chat around those who win big, those who are rudely snubbed, but most importantly – at least to me – is the Oscars red carpet, where all the juicy stuff goes down.

With over 90 years of history, there have been plenty of red carpet winners and grinners at the Oscars. Here are some of the most iconic looks that honestly deserve a repeat:

1972: Dionne Warwick

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Dionne Warwick arriving at the Oscars red carpet in 1972 wearing a double-breasted satin print suit and chuffing a dart is such a mood.

1978: Farrah Fawcett

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Is there anything more glamorous than Farrah Fawcett in a slinky chain mail gown on the Oscars red carpet? Nope. Would rock this entire look today, tomorrow, and beyond.

1997: Courtney Love

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In 1997, Courtney Love put her iconic grungy look on ice and turned up to the Oscars looking like a demure queen in white silk. This look would 100% work on a red carpet today – even the chic bob is giving me major 2020 energy.

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2004: Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron can do no wrong. The woman has been slaying the red carpet for years now and the 2004 Oscars red carpet was no exception. I live for Theron in this beaded beige frock and old Hollywood waves. It’s classic, it’s elegant and it’s the perfect example of ‘less is more.’

2006: Michelle Williams

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There are few people in this world that can pull off canary yellow, but Michelle Williams is one of the lucky souls who most definitely can. The actress attended the 2006 with her late husband Heath Ledger looking utterly divine in this bold number, made even more gorgeous by her handsome date.

2014: Lupita Nyong’o

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Speaking of classic design, Lupita Nyong’o absolutely nailed the brief when she wore this baby blue Prada gown on the 2014 Oscars red carpet. That night she won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in 12 Years A Slave, what a gal.

2019: Lady Gaga

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I know what you’re thinking – this epic Oscars red carpet look from Lady Gaga was only a year ago, it doesn’t need repeating!? But just look at it. How else could she achieve the ‘seated and proudly holding an award’ look without a gorgeous billowing frock like this.

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