Over the past couple of years, Jameela Jamil has emerged as a force for body positivity—while admitting that she is far from perfect. She’s also become a pro at fending off trolls. So when right-wing talk show host and noted Twitter nuisance Piers Morgan criticized her recent appearance in British Vogue, she had some choice words for him.
Jamil was one of 15 women included in British Vogue‘s “Forces for Change” issue, which was guest-edited by Meghan Markle. In a July 29th op-ed in the Daily Mail, Morgan argued that she shouldn’t have been included. He cited her time as a columnist for Company magazine, during which she criticized several female performers for the way they expressed their sexuality.
Morgan went on to call Jamil “the complete antithesis of ‘equality, kindness, and open mindedness’, not least when it comes to women.” He also accused her of hypocrisy for appearing in Vogue when the magazine has airbrushed its models in the past.
It’s worth pointing out that in the same column, Morgan accused Markle of “virtue-signaling,” of excluding men, and of “forcing her radical liberal opinions upon us.” Basically, Morgan is no champion of equality. But Jamil herself has addressed her past behavior. In the pinned tweet on her Twitter account, she writes that she “used to be slut shamey, judgmental, and my feminism wasn’t intersectional enough.”
After Morgan published his column attacking Jamil and Markle, the Good Place actress fired back.
She added that Morgan is “the thirstiest bitch alive.”
It’s important to call out problematic behavior—like Jamil’s past comments—in the feminist community. But it’s clear that Morgan’s arguments against Jamil are in bad faith. Jamil has been honest about her past and has been willing to learn from her mistakes, while Morgan has a track record of making offensive comments with no remorse. We’re glad to see Jamil standing up for herself. You can catch her in British Vogue‘s “Forces for Change” issue when it hits stands on August 2nd.