Jameela Jamil is not interested in being polite.
The Good Place star pulled up a chair to the Hot Topics table on Thursday’s episode of The View, and moderator Whoopi Goldberg wasted no time in asking the actress and activist about her outspokenness, which has landed her in hot water at times.
“How did you get so strong? What made you decide that it was OK for you to speak your mind?” Goldberg asked.
“Well, white men — straight white men — feel safe to speak their mind all the time, and so I’ve decided to adopt their straight white male privilege and speak out,” replied Jamil to a round of applause from the studio audience.
Jamil has come under fire for speaking her mind on a wide range of topics, including her criticism of Ellen DeGeneres for spending time with former President George W. Bush, her opposition to the image projected by Victoria’s Secret models, and her openness about her own abortion, which she called “the best decision I have ever made.”
The star revealed to the panel that her drive to be direct comes from a very personal place.
“I was really messed up as a teenager,” said Jamil. “I had loads of eating disorders and I was so mentally ill and so messed up by our society. I can’t be in this industry and be complicit in it. I have to use the power and privilege that I have to speak out, and I’ll do anything I can to stop young people from going through what I went through when I was younger.”