"I know that my being queer doesn’t qualify me as ballroom, but I have privilege and power and a large following to bring this show," she tweets.
Actress Jameela Jamil took to Twitter on Wednesday (Feb. 5) to tell her fans that she is queer and would be taking a break from the social media service following backlash from some in the LGBTQ community over her role as a judge on HBO Max's upcoming unscripted vogue competition series Legendary.
In a note titled "Twitter is Brutal," the Good Place star laid out that she has long identified privately as queer and didn't feel ready to talk extensively about her sexuality online. "This is why I never officially came out as queer,” she wrote. “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.”
She continued, saying that she feared talking about her sexuality as an actress "especially when you’re already a brown female in your thirties." She said that she would be leaving Twitter to get away from the negativity. "This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out. I'm jumping off of this hell app for a while because I don't want to read mean comments dismissing this. You can keep your thoughts."