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Jameela Jamil Regrets Coming Out As Queer In The Midst Of Backlash

"It was completely overwhelming."

Last week, actress Jameela Jamil came out as queer on Instagram after she copped major backlash over a new gig as the MC of a vogueing show.

After Deadline reported Jamil would be the MC and judge of HBO’s upcoming vogueing show Legendary, fans were quick to criticise the choice, with many claiming the actress was unqualified to be on a show about an LGBTQ subculture she’s not a part of.

Jamil tried to call out Deadline for incorrectly crediting her as the MC of the show, but it only backfired. This lead the 33-year-old actress to release a statement on her sexuality, and ultimately come out as a queer woman.

Fast-forward to this week and Jamil has some regrets about how the whole thing went down. The actress took to Instagram yesterday to share a selfie, which she captioned, “Well. Last week was a perfect clusterf*ck. It was completely overwhelming.”

She went on to say that “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…”

Speaking about coming out as queer, Jamil said, “I thankfully chose the *most* inappropriate and unfortunate time, maybe ever, for mine.” 

In her caption, Jamil also thanked her followers 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,” she said. “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.”

This week, the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA honoured Laura Dern with the most hilarious tribute at the Spirit Awards. Listen to the GOAT team spill the tea below:

As we’ve mentioned previously, it’s heartbreaking that Jameela Jamil felt forced to come out as queer to avoid hate, but her words are incredibly inspiring for anyone going through similar struggles.

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The 'Cheer' Cast Mat Talking At Fashion Week Is An Instant Mood Boost

YASSS.

New York Fashion Week has officially kicked off, and this year is already serving a very different vibe. Our social media feeds are still getting clogged up by contrived street style looks, exclusive front row lineups and totally unaffordable fashion brands, but this year, there are few more cheerful spirit fingers.

Yes, that’s right. Gabi Butler and Lexi Brumback from our new favourite Netflix show Cheer have descended upon New York Fashion Week to literally mat talk the models.

Video footage has emerged of the two cheerleaders sitting front row at the recent Brandon Maxwell show giving the models a high-energy pep talk as they stormed the runway. 

According to Dazed, when Butler and Brumback attended the Tory Burch show later on, they bumped into model Adwoa Boah who wrote on Instagram, “I will not stop until I am a member of Navarro.”

Gabi Butler and Lexi Brumback aren’t the only Cheer cast members who have gone on to reach new heights after the Netflix show premiered. 

Our beloved Jerry Harris recently signed with an influencer agency and even did red carpet interviews at the Oscars with Billie Eilish and Brad Pitt. 

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, Harris said, “a big thing that’s changed since the show started is obviously how many people want to talk to me, and feel like they already know me.”

“I feel like my job on earth is to spread positivity. And I love all the love I’m getting. Ooh, yes, I do!” he said.

Personally, I am very much here for Jerry and the entire cast of Cheer doing what they do best by spreading positivity – whether it be on the mat, the red carpet, or in the front row at fashion week. 

Speaking of spreading positivity, listen to the GOAT team chat to comedian Simon Taylor about finding comic relief during tough times on It’s Been A Big Day For…

Now, all I need is for coach Monica Aldama to be my personal life coach.

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Turns Out Faux Fur Could Be Just As Harmful As The Real Thing

Fake nice.

If you fancy yourself someone who follows fashion trends, you’d be well aware that wearing real animal fur is far from cool these days. 2020 is all about faux fur.

Last year, Buckingham Palace announced the Queen would no longer be wearing real fur, California became the first U.S. state to ban the sale of animal fur products and more celebrities and fashion designers began opting for faux fur instead of real fur than ever before. 

Unfortunately, a new report from Dazed Digital suggests that fake fur may be just as harmful as the genuine product when it comes to environmental impact.

According to the publication, faux fur is mostly created using petroleum-based synthetic fibres. If products made from these materials end up in landfill they could refuse to degrade for “hundreds or thousands of years.”

Faux fur is also problematic because of the use of plastic microfibers – a material which makes up 85% of ocean debris. 

Speaking of the animals, the GOAT team got real nerdy chatting to a legit palaeontologist about our prehistoric buddies on the latest ep of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Dazed reports that 83% of tap water samples taken from around the world in 2017 were found to be contaminated with plastic, while a 2018 study found “10 plastic particles per litre in bottle water too.” 

Microfibers aren’t just polluting the water humans are consuming, either. In a recent interview with GOAT, UNSW’s Senior Research Associate Dr. Mark Brown said these plastic fibres are found “in every single shoreline, in every single sample we look at around the world,” and if consumed by humans or wildlife can cause serious harm. 

“They can transfer from their stomach or lungs into their tissues,” he says. “The transfer of those plastics and also the additives and pollutants you find in the environment can cause organisms inflammation, fibrosis – if you give organisms bits of plastic, some of them die, some of them grow slightly slower.”

Dazed notes that “for every pro-fur study, there’s an anti-fur one to match,” and reference various pro-fur organisations who have tried to discredit the faux fur industry, pointing out the harmful effects of creating a product “full of chemicals and plastics.” 

There are some ways you can avoid wearing real fur and reduce your impact on the environment.

Instead of throwing your faux fur garments out, you could donate them, sell them, or buy classic items you’ll keep for life – however, it is important to acknowledge the other items in your wardrobe that are also most probably made of synthetic fibres. You could also wear vintage fur, which doesn’t use up resources and is cheaper. Alternatively, you could take Dazed’s advice and hold off for a more sustainable option.

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