NBC’s “The Good Place” wrapped up its final season this year, and now these actors will have to go see what kind of stardom they can wring out of their six years on a semi-successful network show. This would be an excellent time for these stars to put their best foot forward, show the world that they are likable, and deflect any criticism that they have let their fame go to their heads. But if that ought to be the goal for actors who are coming off their big break, you certainly wouldn’t know it by watching Jameela Jamil, whose goal appears to be to become the Brie Larson of network television.
Irritatingly woke, the British-born actress has worn her activism on her sleeve for years, leveraging her meager amount of television stardom to lecture everyone from the Kardashians to Hollywood in general for their many failings. But Jamil doesn’t just “punch up.” As she proved in an ugly Instagram exchange this week, she is fully willing to lecture her fans if they compliment her on the “wrong things.”
“Getting ready for the Emmys later on, doing some make up, wearing some stuff,” Jamil wrote on Sunday, accompanied by a picture of her getting her glam on.
One perfectly pleasant user offered this comment: “Your skin is so perfect.”
Now, look, we get the concept of false modesty, and we wouldn’t have been put off if Jamil had responded with something like: Well, it takes a lot of help to look like this. You should see me first thing in the morning! That would have been charming, honest, and still polite to the person who didn’t have to say something nice on the internet.
Instead, she launched into this bizarre lecture: “My skin is currently clear because: A) Privileged people have more access to good quality nutrition and also our lives are significantly less stressful than the lives of those with less privilege. I also get to sleep more because of this. All of these things keep my hormones in balance and I’m able to address food intolerances easily.
“B) I believe that trans rights are human rights,” she continued, apropos of nothing. “C) I exfoliate twice a week.”
Seriously, Jameela? A simple “thank you” would have sufficed!