Jameela Jamil Isn't Here for Your Woke-Bashing

The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil is not afraid to share her opinions. In fact, she kind of makes a habit of it, offering her thoughts on feminism and body image on social platforms -- sometimes in the form of pointed takedowns of other famous people (take, for example, her recent slam of Jamie Lynn Spears for supporting "bulimic messaging").

But while the outspoken feminist receives a lot of support online, she also sometimes finds herself the target of backlash online, including from fellow liberals. At a Television Critics Association panel promoting TBS' new game show Misery Index, hosted by Jamil, TV Guide asked the actress and self-deprecating social media maven about some of the responses she's been getting for her work online.

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"I'm quite lucky in that I get kind of 90 percent support, but the 10 percent of people who sometimes critique what I'm saying, sometimes they're right," Jamil said. "So I just say sorry, and I learn from it and promise to do better. And I think that not having an ego is the only way to be an activist because then you can actually make change."

Jamil -- who has criticized the likes of Cardi B (for promoting a weight loss tea), Khloé Kardashian (for using "fat-shaming" language) and Iggy Azalea (for promoting meal-replacement shakes) -- was recently dragged after appearing as a spokesmodel for Aerie clothing in a campaign she described as "inclusive of everyone." Critics complained about her categorization, given that Aerie doesn't carry sizes for plus-size women. Jamil ultimately apologized and said the company was working on adding more inclusive sizing.

But Jamil says she takes the criticism in stride.

"I think there's a lot of woke bashing these days," she said. "'Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the wokest of them all?' And I don't really believe in that. I think we're all sort of feminists in progress. They are, I am. So yeah, I feel very calm about it and I'm lucky to have had pretty strong support."

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

Comments (2)
Feb 12, 2019
I wish these "stars" would just go back to the days when they shut their mouths and did their job of entertaining the people. Stop with your politics and activism bs, the majority of us don't give a rat's ass. The business and the industry is being completely ruined by this stuff, it's time it stops........
Feb 13, 2019
I wish normal people like you would just go back to the days where everyone would just shut their mouth and do their job. Stop with your complaining bs, the majority of us don't give a rats ass how you feel. Free speech is being completely ruined when you disagree with me, its time people disagreeing with me to just stop