Bella Thorne responded to social media backlash over her decision to join the subscription platform OnlyFans in a series of tweets Saturday, saying she was trying to help reduce the stigma around sex work and plans to meet with those in charge to discuss new policies that have recently gone into effect. I have risked my career a few times to remove the stigma behind sex work, porn and the natural hatred people spew behind anything sex related. I wrote and directed a porn against the high brows of my peers and managers because I wanted to help with the stigma behind sex. I wanted to bring attention to the site, the more people on the site the more likely of a chance to normalize the stigmas, And in trying to do this I hurt you. I have risked my career a few times to remove the stigma behind sex work, porn, and the natural hatred people spew
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To be fair to Thorne, whose reps did not return a request for comment, has some experience with the adult industry, having helmed an NSFW film that appeared on Pornhub last year. But at the end of the day she is a celebrity and wields a large amount of privilege. Content creators on OnlyFans often have to serve as their own photographers, marketers, social media managers, accountants, and technical support team members, which can result in grueling hours; the perception that posting nudes on OnlyFans is a good way to make a quick buck feeds into cultural misogyny and sex work stigma. To an extent, some of the resentment toward the mainstreaming of OnlyFans can be attributed to concerns about competition: because the platform has exploded in popularity in such a short amount of time, many sex workers are worried that the market may have become oversaturated, and some have reported declining earnings during the pandemic. Ultimately, however, the greatest issue that sex workers have with celebrities joining the platform is that they benefit from the financial spoils of their platforms, without having to deal with the societal backlash and shaming associated with the profession.
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Though, worth noting, anybody can make an OnlyFans to post whatever they think they can get people to pay for, lewd or otherwise. Wait, why are they mad? Almost immediately, the blowback began.
Earlier this week, actress Bella Thorne announced that she would be working with the pornography-sharing site, Pornhub, to keep it free of "revenge porn". This is the story behind that announcement. We've talked about slut-shaming, depression, bullying on social media, and how she has become one of the most deepfaked actresses, appearing now in thousands of faked pornographic videos.