Jameela Jamil came out on Twitter
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Jameela Jamil came out to her followers on Twitter, but it wasn't necessarily on her own terms. 

It was recently announced that The Good Place actor would be a judge on a new series coming to HBO's upcoming streaming service HBO Max. The series, titled Legendary, is an unscripted competition show where divas battle it out in dancing and fashion competitions based on the LGBTQ-style of dance called ballroom and voguing. 

After she was announced as part of the series, members of the ballroom community didn't think it was her place to participate in a show that focused on such a niche area of the queer community. Jamil came forward and shared that she identifies as queer and wants to bring an outside opinion to the world of ballroom and voguing. 

Still, even after coming out, Jamil received backlash for her role in the upcoming show and for using her queer identity as a way to prove she belongs. The activist has been outspoken in the past about not taking up space from marginalized communities who get limited opportunities in the entertainment industry. In one instance, she turned down a role as a deaf woman because she felt it deserved to go to someone who better understood that experience. But for Legendary, that's not the case. 

Jamil wrote a statement regarding her queer identity, but felt bullied into it from angry Twitter users. 

The actor began her post with "Twitter Is Brutal" and revealed that's why she never "officially" came out as queer. But she added a rainbow emoji to her Twitter username when she was ready. She revealed that "this is absolutely not how I wanted to come out." 

Jamil also wrote, "I know that my being queer doesn't qualify me as ballroom. But I have privilege and power and a large following to bring to this show (as does the absolutely iconic Megan Three Stallion) and it's beautiful contestants and ballroom hosts."

The biggest complaint from Trace Lysette, a transgender woman who was also considered for the show, was that Jamil wasn't part of the ballroom community. 

"Lol.. I interviewed for this gig. As the mother of a house for nearly a decade it’s kind of kind blowing when ppl with no connection to our culture gets the gig. This is not shade towards Jameela, I love all that she stands for. If anything I question the decision makers," Lysette tweeted. 

Dashaun Wesley is the host/MC of the series, but Deadline misreported initially that Jamil would be hosting. 

Jamil was frustrated by the misreporting that named her as the host of the series, when in reality, it's the king of vogue Dashaun Wesley who plays Shadow Wintour on Pose. Jamil shared the love regarding the show despite the backlash she received and lifted up the host, Wesley. Wesley has also been sharing plenty of positive comments for the show and Jamil and hoped that the LGBTQ community could be excited and supportive of the new series. 

But many are still frustrated and feel there isn't enough representation in the show. 

"That space that you’re occupying could be going to someone who authentically has ballroom/walking experience. And considering ballroom is such a marginalized community of poor, queer+ and mostly black and brown bodies, I think it’s safe to say, WE NEED that space," one person replied to Jamil. 

Surely, Jamil of all people is aware of this issue, as it's one that she's been extremely outspoken about. As an ally in the community, Jamil can bring a strong opinion to the show. However, some are frustrated and wish there was more representation directly from the ballroom community. 

Jamil is totally supported by the ballroom members who are already a part of the show. 

Wesley tweeted, "Anything monumental created will always be combated by the naysayers. There’s no way people who has no idea of this process can shift our amazing outcome. @jameelajamil ... welcome to the team. They will understand when it all airs.  Your gonna be a AMAZING."