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Jameela Jamil refutes 'conspiracy theories' in first tweets since coming out as queer

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 12/02/2020 Anika Reed, USA TODAY

a smiling young woman in a dark room: "Activism is the No. 1 priority for me," says Jameela Jamil, founder of the "I Weigh" movement, which celebrates accomplishments rather than numbers on a scale.

"Activism is the No. 1 priority for me," says Jameela Jamil, founder of the "I Weigh" movement, which celebrates accomplishments rather than numbers on a scale.
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Jameela Jamil is addressing her critics head-on.

The actress returned to Twitter on Wednesday for the first time since coming out as queer and quitting the social media site last week.

The "Good Place" actress and activist tweeted about her frustration after online critics accused her of having factitious disorder, formerly known as Munchausen syndrome, citing what some believed to be inconsistencies in Jamil's previous interviews about her health.

"First I’m lying about my sexuality, now I’m now being accused of munchausens? By an unhinged idiot who didn’t even realize in all her “research” that my car accident injury stories are “different” because they were about TWO SEPARATE CAR ACCIDENTS 13 years apart? You can keep it," Jamil tweeted.

Factitious disorder imposed on self is a type of mental illness in which a person repeatedly acts as if he or she has a physical or mental disorder when, in truth, he or she has caused the symptoms, according to Cleveland Clinic.

Jamil, 33, added in another tweet: "Ehlers Danlos Syndrome means always having people doubt your illness and injuries because you look okay," referencing the syndrome Mayo Clinic describes as a group of inherited disorders that affect your connective tissues.

Jamil referenced two car accidents, one which she says occurred when she was 17, and the other while jogging during filming of "The Good Place."

Jamil described the first accident to Cosmopolitan magazine in November, saying she "got hit by a car and ended up in a wheelchair, which probably actually saved my life."

The other accident happened in Los Angeles, Jamil told Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in November.

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She jokingly said she decided to go for a jog because of "Good Place" co-star Ted Danson's enjoyment of running. Jamil said the job turned serious when she ran into traffic to escape a swarm of bees.

"I run in, a car hits me. Yeah, I get knocked over by a car," Jamil told Kimmel.

Social media skeptics questioned Jamil's injuries from the car accidents, as well as other statements about her health she made in past interviews.

In Wednesday's tweets, Jamil called the criticism "conspiracy theories."

"Not afraid of you or your dumb internet conspiracy theories. Keep them coming," Jamil tweeted. You just add to my relevance. I’m gonna keep helping people with eating disorders, and changing laws and global policies to protect kids and their mental health and there’s NOTHING you can do about it."


Jamil continued in additional tweets: "Being gaslit over your health for entertainment is a very specific pain and trauma that a lot of people with Ehlers Danlos/invisible disability have to face every day from people who don’t understand our vastly under-researched condition. And to what end? Who wins?

"If I was (an) oil tycoon destroying the planet, or a serial sex offender I would maybe understand this vitriol and effort to target and harass me. But I’m just a mental health/eating disorder advocate actually taking the time to change public policy and legislation to protect kids," Jamil said.

Jamil faced backlash last week over her role in HBO Max's new voguing competition series that some social media users said "belongs to queer people."

Following online criticism, Jamil came out as "queer" during a lengthy statement posted on her Twitter account. 

"This is why I never officially came out as queer," she wrote. "I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil when I was a kid."

She said the backlash forced her hand after years of hiding her sexuality. She admitted, "This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out."

Jamil's revelation came one day after HBO Max announced she will judge  "Legendary," a voguing competition series that highlights "modern day ball culture," which originated within the LGBTQ community. Megan Thee Stallion, Law Roach and Leiomy Maldonado will also serve as judges, in addition to commentary from Dashaun Wesley and music from DJ MikeQ.

But it was Jamil's participation that was the target of backlash on social media after HBO MAX incorrectly labeled her the show's MC host in a press release obtained by USA TODAY. (The streaming service clarified that Jamil is only a judge.)

Contributing: Cydney Henderson

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