Jameela Jamil admits she feels 'passionate about being the anti-celebrity'

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Jameela Jamil admits she feels 'passionate about being the anti-celebrity'

'I feel passionate about being the anti-celebrity': Jameela Jamil admits she will not behave like the 'perfect woman' and refuses to b

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‘I feel passionate about being the anti-celebrity’: Jameela Jamil admits she will not behave like the ‘perfect woman’ and refuses to be ‘cast away’ for making mistakes

Jameela Jamil has revealed she sees herself as being the ‘anti-celebrity’ and refuses to be forced to act like ‘the perfect woman’.

The actress, 34, is known for being vocal about a variety of social issues but said she will not let herself be ‘cast away’ anytime she slips up or makes a mistake.

Speaking to Laura Whitmore on BBC Radio 5 Live, she said: ‘I feel very passionate about being very vulnerable and being the anti-celebrity in that way and being willing, refusing, to be forced to be the perfect woman. 

Fame: Jameela Jamil, 34, has revealed she sees herself as being the 'anti-celebrity' and refuses to be forced to act like 'the perfect woman'  (pictured in January 2020)

Fame: Jameela Jamil, 34, has revealed she sees herself as being the ‘anti-celebrity’ and refuses to be forced to act like ‘the perfect woman’  (pictured in January 2020) 

‘I am a fallible human being. I try not to make mistakes but when I slip up, I refuse to be cast away forever. Most human beings are capable of change. 

‘Young people in particular need to see, you shouldn’t be afraid to put your hand up or admit your own ignorance. 

‘This moral superiority obsession of the last few years is stopping people from asking really important questions.’

Jameela also discussed ‘cancel culture’ and said she thinks people go out of their way to try and discredit women who are ‘outspoken’.

Opinion: The actress is known for being vocal about a variety of social issues but said she will not let herself be 'cast away' anytime she slips up or makes a mistake

Opinion: The actress is known for being vocal about a variety of social issues but said she will not let herself be ‘cast away’ anytime she slips up or makes a mistake 

She said: ‘It is tricky and it is scary to put yourself out there. People are so offended, especially when a woman is vulnerable or outspoken in public. 

‘We go out of our way to silence her. They can’t take us out and kill us anymore so they discredit us, they kill our reputation. Discredit is the new death for an outspoken woman.’

The TV presenter added that she believes the entertainment industry has become a safer place for women since the Times Up and #MeToo movements.

She said: ‘The industry has massively changed. In particular for women, it’s changed. It’s less normalised to say the outrageous things people have been saying to us for years. 

Interview: Jameela told Laura Whitmore: 'I try not to make mistakes but when I slip up, I refuse to be cast away forever. Most human beings are capable of change'

Interview: Jameela told Laura Whitmore: ‘I try not to make mistakes but when I slip up, I refuse to be cast away forever. Most human beings are capable of change’

‘My friends and I are less harassed. It feels safer for women and I also feel like there’s more women solidarity.’

Jameela also told Laura about the difficult period she experienced in February when she was accussed of having Munchausen syndrome, along with being criticised for coming out as queer. 

The star also alluded to an online feud she had with Piers Morgan after he shared direct messages he had with Caroline Flack in the months before her death who said she was ‘struggling’ with the ‘hate’ Jameela ‘aims’ at her.

Jameela said: ‘The kind of lies told about me. Linking me to a suicide of someone I knew and liked very much, it was such an unfair thing to do, that we both liked very much, I had nothing to do with that. 

‘Or someone saying I had Munchausens or putting pictures of my disabled family members on the internet and ridiculing them. That was my February. 

Speaking out: Jameela also discussed 'cancel culture' and said she thinks people go out of their way to try and discredit women who are 'outspoken' (pictured in December 2019)

Speaking out: Jameela also discussed ‘cancel culture’ and said she thinks people go out of their way to try and discredit women who are ‘outspoken’ (pictured in December 2019)

‘I found it really hard to cope and felt very unstable emotionally and had to go on medication for the first time in a couple of months. Activism is lonely, it’s hard and other people don’t stick up for you publicly because they don’t want that.’

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, Jameela said she is hopeful that the entertainment industry will see a ‘burst of diversity’ in the coming months.

She said: ‘I think we’re about to see the best burst of diversity we’ve ever seen. I need to see more people who look like me and my friends behind the camera. 

‘That’s what we need more of and I think that’s really going to happen on a legislative level and we need people right at the top who are more diverse.’ 

Change: Jameela added that she believes the entertainment industry has become a safer place for women since the Times Up and #MeToo movements (pictured in January 2020)

Change: Jameela added that she believes the entertainment industry has become a safer place for women since the Times Up and #MeToo movements (pictured in January 2020) 

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