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Jameela Jamil's Voguing Competition Announcement Sparks Outrage from Transgender Actresses

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

Whoo Chile! A fierce storm was brewing after @dealinehollywood announced that British presenter and actress Jameela Jamil would be MC and judge of the upcoming voguing competition series '#Legendary'!

It's nothing against ally Jameela personally, but the casting decision was thought to be both insulting and careless for choosing a heterosexual for an important role in Ballroom Voguing.

For those who may not know, Ballroom is an underground LGBT subculture that goes all the way back to New York in the 1920s. It was a place where black and latino LGBT people would compete and perform in safe spaces. With the show "Legendary" delving in such LGBT rich history it didn't make since that a non LGBT member would be hosting the show that is meant for LGBTQIA individuals.

Actress and social media star Amiyah Scott pointed out that she had started in Balls from the get go and "was never considered." Angelica Ross also spoke out suggesting that Amiyah Scott and Trace Lysette would have been good choices to better represent the ballroom culture. Transgender woman Tracey Lysette even stated that she had interviewed to be on the show and was once a House Mother (the head of a voguing team aka 'house').

All's well that ends well, however actress Indya Moore tweeted that she spoke to Jameela Jamil personally and that the information was wrong.

"I spoke with Jameela & I am SO relieved to learn that it has been misreported that she is MCing for the program, she informed me that @leicmy, @TheOnlyMikeQ, @DashaunWesley are not only consultants but that MIKEQ x DASHAUN are MCING. Leiomy is also a host & panelist."

Jameela also spoke out on her own behalf and clarified things stating, " Hello! @DEADLINE says I am the MC of this show! I am NOT. I am just one of the judges. The brilliant @DashaunWesley is. With help from the fabulous @TheOnlyMikeQ I’m a long time fan of ballroom and just wanted to help this show get made to celebrate this beautiful community."

Looks like there was no drama after. It just so happens that misinformation flies faster than the truth. It's all love here.

Along with Leiomy Maldonado, MikeQ, Dashaun Wesley, celebrity stylist Law Roach and rapper Megan thee Stallion will also be part of the show. Will you be watching it #gayes? If so be sure to keep your eye out for when it airs on HBO.


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