Jameela Jamil says she is 'sick of the internet' after music credit backlash

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Feminist, actor and mental health advocate Jameela Jamil took to Instagram this weekend to respond to criticism after she was credited as a producer on her boyfriend's new album.

The 35-year-old, who's been dating musician James Blake since 2015, shared a powerful message with her 3.4 million followers in response to the backlash. "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," she started, "I was a DJ for eight years, and studied music for six years before that."

She continued, "James had to fight me to take credit on this album because I was so preemptively sick of the internet," before pointing out how the problem is partly rooted in misogyny. "An additional hilarious side to this misogyny is that they [critics] only don’t believe in my musical input when they love the songs," she said, "If they don’t like a song then suddenly I CAN produce and it’s all my fault, and I produced the whole thing alone! LOL."

Jameela also highlighted that this kind of backlash prevents many women from pursuing careers in music producing, something which she's actively trying to change. "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 space of music production," she wrote in the caption, "and because I would want any of you who follow me to take ownership of what is rightfully your achievements."

The Good Place star added: "I hope you’re taking credit for your work wherever you are in the world right now. 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."

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Photo credit: Emma McIntyre - Getty Images

She ended the post with an inspirational message for fans to keep following their dreams, regardless of any outside criticism. "Representation matters. It is not our responsibility to be believed, liked, understood or approved of," she said, "You just carry on as you are. I’m right there with you."

Well said Jameela!

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