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.
"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."