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Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jabs Back

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By C.M. Steven

Life online hasn't been too kind to The Good Place star Jameela Jamil of late, but she recently was able to address some of the attacks she's faced while on stage with Gloria Steinem at the third annual Diane Von Furstenberg InCharge Conversations. While she was quick to push back against some of her online bullies, she made it clear that she knows she hasn't been a perfect angel. Her thoughtfulness and insight were sincere and enlightening, highlighting struggles that women go through on a daily basis on social media.

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What She's Been Through

Jamil with Steinem
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It seems that people online are ready to pick and prod at any and everything Jameela says or does. Whether it is questioning her sexuality (she came out as bi after simply being asked to judge a drag show) or her emotional well being (she has been accused of having Munchausen syndrome after a car crash left her with lasting injuries), the lengths that people have gone through to drag her reputation through the mud is astounding.

Her Response

Jamil and Steinem
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Jamil was unapologetic and very candid on stage with Steinem, which is what any of us should have expected from the outspoken star. She admitted that she deserves backlash sometimes say she "deserves it" but also spoke to the nuance of sexism and social media. "...Women in particular who speak out," Jamil said, "if discrediting is the new death, they will kill us." This is exactly what has happened with Jamil, but she doesn't seem like the type to be scared away.

More From Jamil

Jamil on The Good Place
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She said that the dragging through the mud can be "embarrassing" and "exhausting" but added a note of hope and strength, saying, "We survive, and you will survive, and do not take this messaging as a signal to you that you shouldn't speak up and speak out and stand up for what's right and stick your neck out." This powerful message was punctuated with a playful and victorious proclamation, "I want you to know I'm fine. I'm sitting here with f___ing Gloria Steinem."

What We Can Learn

Jamil at Comic Con
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While life and the world can be a scary place in the year 2020, there are lessons to be learned from Jamil that just might inspire. She lives loudly and openly, unafraid to make mistakes, but when she does, she admits her fault, learns, and grows. She is an advocate for so many, including those with eating disorders and body Dysmorphia. She is an example of strength, compassion and humility. In short, Jameela Jamil is so very human, and no internet troll is going to drag her down.

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