Actress Jameela Jamil was forced to come out as queer after she faced a tsunami of criticisms from fans when it was announced that she would be a judge on a voguing competition show.
“Twitter is brutal. This is why I never officially came out as queer,” she tweeted on Wednesday. “I added a rainbow to my name when I felt ready a few years ago, as it’s not easy with 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.”
Ballroom competitions, which includes many dance styles, including voguing, have been a great source of pride for the LGBTQ people - and folks wanted to know why she felt she could be a part of it.
But her announcement has silenced her critics.