Nothing but respect for our president! Jameela Jamil just told off the haters saying she shouldn't have received production credit on beau James Blake's latest album, Friends That Break Your Heart. The 35-year-old actress and activist didn't hold back in calling out the social issues underlying those questioning her musical abilities.
Jameela took to Twitter and reminded people that she's not only an accomplished thespian - she's also an experienced musician. "A lot of mostly women insisting I couldn't possibly have actually worked on my boyfriend's music, and that he must have just credited me to be nice... I was a DJ for 8 years, and studied music for 6 years before that," Jamil said. "You are part of the problem of why women don't pursue producing."
The Hollywood icon continued the conversation on the Gram. Jameela shared that her boyfriend "had to fight me to take credit on this album because I was so preemptively sick of the internet. Especially after this same thing happened on his last record that I worked for countless hours on." Need a little refresher? The Good Place star previously worked on Blake's 2019 album, Assume Form, and hesitantly took the credit she rightfully earned.
"In the end I took the credit I deserved because of how important it is for women who work on music to visibly exist in the same space of music production, and because I would want any of you who follow me to take ownership of what is rightfully your achievements," Jamil explained. "I hope you're taking credit for your work wherever you are in the world right now."
The I Weigh host continued, "I hope you know that if you're not being believed over your achievements... that it's not a reflection of you... it's a reflection of people who are so underachieving, cowardly and insecure that they can't fathom that you could be impressive. And it happens at every level in every industry. Even to me. Even when I don't credit myself, my boyfriend just quietly credited me."
"We are in this s*** together. Representation matters," Jamil added. "It is not our responsibility to be believed, liked, understood or approved of. You just carry on as you are. I'm right there with you. Giving everyone the finger!"
Thank you, mom! Those are the words of encouragement we needed to start our Monday.