Honestly I don’t know what to tell you. What you are seeing as me attacking a little girl in the schoolyard, is in fact me as a journalist looking at the effects of the institution that is Jameela Jamil on a broader audience over which she has the power of influence.

I can sympathize with her as an individual, I can be on her side as a member of the LGBTQ community, and I can say that her timing can be easily construed as manipulative. I can ask why she, while claiming to feel insecure about being a queer person, made strides to affiliate with, monetize, and aggrandize herself within that same community.

In every way Jamila holds privilege over me, both as an individual and as an institution. So yes, when I see her positioning herself over far more disenfranchised members of the community it is my duty as a member to speak to that. I wont apologize for it.

You should consider why, in the context of this conversation, you are putting her singular needs and comfort over the needs and comfort of everyone else, poorer and less powerful, in that community.

Those are the people who are at risk. Who need our sympathy and attention.

I am not eating my own. She is wealthy. She is supported. She will be fine. Maybe she’ll learn something.

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