'Those of us who fight for our lives and those who lost that fight young, deserve more respect'
On Monday, the actor and activist tweeted a response to a man who made a derogatory comment about the way she dresses at her age.
Jamil described the remark as “the biggest nonsense”, explaining that many men say “dumb s***” to her on the social media platform on a regular basis.
“I would just like to say, that as someone who has been chronically ill my whole life, and had cancer twice, I find it EXTREMELY offensive that there is a cultural taboo around ageing,” Jamil tweeted.
“Those of us who fight for our lives and those who lost that fight young, deserve more respect.”
In a further tweet, the I Weigh founder stated: “It is a sickness of our society to look at ageing as anything other than an achievement/privilege.”
Several Twitter users expressed their support for Jamil, relaying how they also value the process of ageing.
“I lost my best friend to a heart attack two days after her 35th birthday,” one person wrote.
“[It] changed my life, cherish every day and refuse to colour my hair to get rid of the greys – it is a privilege to have them.”
“Almost 30 with a cocktail of chronic illnesses and I’m surprised I made it this far. I celebrate each birthday as an accomplishment now,” another commented.
In 2015, Jamil spoke out about experiencing a breast cancer scare.
The actor said: “That scare shocked me to the core, that’s for certain, but I felt so lucky to be alive.”
EDS is the name given to a group of disorders that affect the body’s connective tissues.
The Independent has contacted Jamil for comment.