Apparently some social media users questioned Jameela Jamil's position on James Blake's latest record, which she appears on with him.
The Good Place alum, 35, came to Twitter on Friday, Oct. 8, to defend her producing credit on James' fifth studio album, Friends That Break Your Heart, which was released on the same day as her tweet. Jameela, a former London-based DJ, is credited as both an album producer and songwriter on more than half of the album's tracks, including the album's lead single, "Say What You Will."
There were many women who insisted that Jameela couldn't possibly have worked on her boyfriend's songs, and that he must have only given her credit for being polite. "For eight years, I worked as a DJ, and for six years before that, I studied music. You contribute to the issue of women not pursuing careers in production."
She tweeted the following day: "Not expecting it to go as far as it has or to receive as much support as it has. I'm saddened to see how many female musicians have been subjected to sexism in the music industry, and I'm sending you my best wishes. Because these are DARK TIMES, we must DO AT LEAST BETTER FOR ONE ANOTHER." Another Instagram post from her occurred on the same day, saying, "At first, I didn't want to be credited since I was [sick] of the internet." She went on to say that she chose to take the credit because she wanted to inspire other women to take ownership of their successes. "Because I was so fed up with the internet, James had to fight me for credit on this album. Even more so since the same occurrence occurred on his previous album, on which I spent endless hours, "Legendary judge penned an essay for publication. Because it's critical for women in music to be visible in the arena of music production, and because I want any of you who follow me to take ownership of your due achievements, I accepted the credit I earned in the end."
Questlove, who commented, "Take all the credit," in the post's comments, was one among many offering encouragement. Chelsea Handler, on the other hand, wrote on her blog: "Forcible humility has made women sharper, more inventive, and more resilient. That's all there is to it."
Jameela had previously tweeted on October 8 that working on the album had been a "honor of my life," and included a snapshot of album promotion from Times Square in New York City. James, 33, wrote the following in response to the tweet: "Without you, it would not have been possible. It was an honor to have this opportunity!!"