‘We make women sound unhinged’: Jameela Jamil says she is the victim of a ‘smear campaign’ and is seen as ‘the enemy’ because she’s ‘slim and privileged’
Jameela Jamil has spoken out about her recent controversies, claiming she is the victim of a smear campaign.
The English actress, 34, has been praised for her vocal activism and philanthropy, but with this has also faced much criticism for attacking other women, and has even accused of having Munchausen syndrome.
In a candid interview with The Guardian, Jameela reflected on past scandals, and admitted she understands why people are wary to accept her as a spokesperson for the body neutrality movement, as she is slim and privileged.
Candid: Jameela Jamil has spoken out about her recent controversies, claiming she is the victim of a smear campaign
Jameela, who regularly calls out the diet industry and celebrities who promote it, explained: ‘I look like the enemy. I’m a slim, privileged person who exists within this industry; I totally get the mistrust.’
The Good Place star also acknowledged that she can’t always get it right as she’s human and has been put on a difficult path.
She noted: ‘You get hurled up on to a pedestal and it always feels a bit like a trap – it’s very high, it’s easy to slip off and it’s a long way down. I’m just learning, I’m not the authority on anything.’
As a divisive figure, she has an equal amount of critics as she does champions, yet Jameela insisted that she doesn’t let it bother her, unless the critics are peddling a lie.
Highs and lows: The English actress, 34, has been praised for her vocal activism and philanthropy, but with this has also faced much criticism
In February, Jameela was accused of having Munchausen syndrome after Twitter users questioned her lengthy list of illnesses.
In the past, the actress – who is a mental health and body image activist- has shared personal information about being partially deaf as a child, ‘having cancer twice’, being left wheelchair ridden by one of two car accidents, having Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and being able to continue filming after ‘losing a tooth and breaking an elbow’ on set.
Admitting that of all the criticisms she has received, this one ‘got too much’, Jameela stated: ‘When it’s a lie, a smear campaign – that doesn’t sit well with me because that’s the technique of discredit.
‘We make [women] sound crazy and unhinged, and we try to devalue their word and their work.’
Privileged: Jameela said she understands why people are wary to accept her as a spokesperson for the body neutrality movement, as she is slim and privileged
On Monday, Jameela hit back at a critic who blasted her for ‘shaming other women’ with a sassy Photoshop and plastic surgery comment as the actress insisted: ‘Mollycoddling isn’t feminism!’
The online spat began when she retweeted a clip of herself talking to Trevor Noah on The Daily Show from back in September, which she captioned: ‘Your photoshopped, surgically enhanced flat tummy, f*ck off.’
Within the video, Jameela discussed the changes social media companies have put in place to protect under 18s from seeing advertising for weight-loss products.
Hurtful: In February, Jameela was accused of having Munchausen syndrome after Twitter users questioned her lengthy list of illnesses
At one point, Noah said: ‘You’ve been very vocal about the people who advertise tummy teas. All those super diet fads.
Jameela jumped in, clarifying: ‘The laxatives. They’re just laxatives, that’s it. You just s**t fire. And then you don’t s**t again for several days afterwards.
‘And then you need more, and it’s just bad. Sexy, but bad.’
Noah argued: ‘But I’ve seen the people with the flat tummy when they do it. They’ll have the tea and go like: ‘Look at my tummy!’ and they have the tea.’
Jameela interrupted and quipped: ‘Yeh, their photoshopped, surgically enhanced tummy… f*ck off,’ before bursting out into laughter.
Underneath the video clip she had shared on Twitter, one follower sarcastically responded: ‘I love when feminists shame other women. It’s the best.’
Jameela quickly hit back, saying: ‘So women should get away with everything because they’re women? With lying to women?
‘With selling dangerous products to women? To making women feel bad about themselves?
‘Men criticize other bad men all the time and aren’t accused of being anti-male. Mollycoddling isn’t feminism.’
Sassy! On Monday, Jameela hit back at a critic who blasted her for ‘shaming other women’ after she retweeted a clip of herself talking to Trevor Noah on The Daily Show back in September
Unimpressed: One Twitter user wasn’t happy with the caption chosen by Jameela, which she also made in the video: ‘Your photoshopped, surgically enhanced flat tummy, f*ck off’
Jameela has been vocal about her dislike of stars promoting weight-loss aids in the past.
In particular, she has made headlines in the last couple of years for her public critiques of the Kardashian family on social media, calling them out for promoting laxatives and harmful diet practices.
But in an interview with Bustle for its Rule Breakers digital cover last year, Jameela said she was not trying to fight with the family — and would lay off if they’d just stop pushing products that might promote eating disorders.
Slammed: Jameela has been vocal about her dislike of stars promoting weight-loss aids. In particular, she has made headlines for her public critiques of the Kardashian family
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