A British actor, model, radio presenter, writer, activist and a body positivity advocate Jameela Jamil on Friday put a message on her Instagram account that created storm in India
that boasts of a massive 3 million followers, to share a long note stating how she has been receiving
She openly admitted she received “death and rape threats” every time she has raised her voice and extended support to the farmers’ protest in India.
In her note, while maintaining that she stands in solidarity with the farmers and those fighting for their rights, Jameela adds that she hopes people are equally pressuring the men to speak up on the issue as they are to women since the former are less likely to be attacked the women in the public eye are.
Jameela writes in her note, “I have repeatedly spoken about the farmers in India over the past few months and what is happening there at the moment, but each time I do I am met with death and rape threats.”
She adds, “So while you are pressurising me in my DMs please keep in mind that I am a human being who has some limitations as to what I can handle. I do, however, maintain my solidarity is of course with the farmers in India and everyone fighting for their rights during this protest.”
Jameela further writes in her note, “I hope you are also pressuring the men to speak on this subject too as they are far less likely to be attacked the way women in the public eye are.”
She concludes with, “To everyone reading this. As I’ve asked many times before, please read about what’s happening.”
For the unversed, Jameela, who relocated to the United States in 2016 and is known for her role as Tahani Al-Jamil in the NBC fantasy comedy series ‘The Good Place’,
Also on host of the TBS late-night game show in ‘The Misery Index’ and as one of the judges of voguing reality competition show ‘Legendary’, is the founder of ‘I Weigh’, a body positivity campaign that she describes as “a movement… for us to feel valuable and see how amazing we are, and look past the flesh on our bones”.
In the last few days, the farmers protest in India has become a topic of international discussion after personalities like pop icon Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted on the subject, extending their support to the protesting farmers.
It Should be noted during Sept 2019 British actors Riz Ahmed and Jameela Jamil have both been pulled out of an event organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in where Indian Prime Minister Modi is set to receive the Global Goalkeeper Award.
The boycott of the event is to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir, where Indian forces continue to keep the region on lockdown. Prime Minister Modi is set to receive this award on the 24th of Sept when he is due to be visiting the United States.
The Global Goalkeeper Award recognizes a political leader who has “demonstrated their commitment to the Global Goals through impactful work in their country and/or globally”, with Modi being chosen for his work with the Swachch Bharat Mission.