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After Role Fiasco, Producers Clarify Jameela Jamil's Role on HBO Max's 'Legendary'

Jamil was criticized for not being representative of ballroom culture, which was founded by primarily black and Latinx LGBTQ people in New York in the late 1980s.

2020-02-07T18:42:00Z

Courtesy : Variety

Only a couple of days ago, when HBO Max confirmed casting The Good Place star Jameela Jamil on the new HBO Max ballroom voguing competition series Legendary."

Legendary executive producers David Collins and Rob Eric told Variety that Jamil would serve as a judge on the show, but not as MC. An HBO Max press release earlier this week said Jamil would serve as the show’s MC — which quickly sparked an online outcry.

Jamil was criticized for not being representative of ballroom culture, which was founded by primarily black and Latinx LGBTQ people in New York in the late 1980s, and that the gig should have gone to one of the many veterans of the scene who are still active. Dashaun Wesley, nicknamed the King of Vogue, will instead be the show’s MC, with DJMikeQ on the turntables. Megan Thee Stallion, Law Roach and Leiomy Maldonado will serve as judges along with Jamil.

“It all came down to this mistake on the MC, and it was so ridiculous, but people ran on it,” said Collins, whose Scout Productions is behind the show. “It was brought to our attention, we changed it, and now we’re moving on.”

As gay men, Eric added, he and Collins “have both grown up with oppression in our community, and being able to tell our stories. And we certainly weren’t going to let a bunch of Twitter feedback stop us from putting our vision out there.”

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