Jameela Jamil has a bone to pick with Cancel Culture, but it’s so small it could be found in your middle ear.
“The Good Place” alum opened up about not just Cancel Culture but those who inadvertently trigger it during a conversation at TheWrap.com’s Power Women Summit 2020.
Jamil says Cancel Culture can sometimes go too far, but overall she’s delighted at how it’s impacting the culture at large. She just wants more structure to be applied to it.
Like a checklist, for example.
“We have to have boundaries for how many times you can overstep the line in a way that will actually harm or endanger a marginalized group,” said Jamil, who earlier this year opened her checkbook to help violent criminals make bail in Minnesota sans regret.
Jamil is a true believer when it comes to Cancel Culture conversations. She oversees a YouTube channel dedicated to Identity Politics and other progressive causes.
She also name-checked J.K. Rowling, the “Harry Potter” scribe under near-constant attack from Cancel Culture, during her Power Women Summit interview. Rowling, a loud and proud progressive, dared to critique elements of the trans community’s orthodoxy earlier this year.
Here’s part of the Tweet brigade that enraged Cancel Culture Nation back in June.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” she tweeted. “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
More recently, Rowling spoke out against the “climate of fear” around the trans conversation.
“I’ve had a huge postbag since speaking up on this issue and more than 90 percent of the letters and emails have been supportive,” Rowling stated, adding that her correspondence has included “medical staff, social workers, prison workers, workers in women’s refuges and members of the LGBT community, including trans people.”
Some of the most “heartbreaking” letters she has received, she explained, were from young women who “regret the irreversible surgeries they’ve undertaken.”
“These stories need to be told,” she said, adding that many people are fearful to speak out — afraid for their safety and jobs.
She’s living proof of the latter, with activists and media reporters alike rallying to “cancel” her various gigs, without success to date. She still remains the most public person to be “cancelled,” meaning her opinions are considered beyond the bounds of a moral society.
Jamil suggests Rowling has been rightfully canceled for her trans opinions, but she didn’t stop there. The actress said Rowling has crossed the line too many times.
“…it’s not my place to decide to cancel anyone — but I think that she would have to do significant work and make significant amends in order to be able to be reaccepted by certain communities who stand against her values,” Jamil said. “Harvey Weinstein, all these kinds of different people — not to say that they are equal in their harm, I’m just giving examples of people who have done irrevocable harm.”
Later, Jamil suggested sharing frequent “problematic” a la Rowling infers something significant about a particular person.
“But I definitely think that we also need to learn how to separate ignorance from evil,” she added. “I think that we always assume that if anyone makes a mistake or uses the wrong word or perhaps doesn’t yet understand pronouns, for example, or understanding disabled access, it doesn’t mean that they actively hate the group that they don’t know about, it doesn’t mean that they want to actively infringe upon their rights. It just means that they now need to learn. And I think if someone shows that they’re receptive, if someone is willing to be fully apologetic and then make effort to not just say the right thing, but to do the right thing. I think action is the thing that we really need.”