Hollywood casting choices are a constant source of debate, with many claiming the industry erases marginalized voices with white-washing and straight-washing, while others claim acting is acting, and television shows shouldn't be dictated by people's off-screen identities.
The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil has been recently centered in the conversation about appropriation and casting, after Deadline Hollywood announced she would be a judge for HBO Max's new voguing series Legendary.
Alongside Jamil, rapper Megan Thee Stallion, celebrity stylist Law Roach, and vogue icon Leiomy Maldonado will serve as judges. And the "king of vogue" Dashaun Wesley will feature as an MC.
Given the long history of LGBTQ roles given to cis straight people, and the fact that there are plenty of qualified people with firsthand experience in ball culture, people were quick to question why Jamil was included in this project.