Bella Thorne Accused Of “Scamming” OnlyFans Subscribers, And Creating Problems For The Site’s Sex Workers
Last week Bella Thorne joined OnlyFans, crashed the site, made a million dollars in the first 24 hours, and another million since. Not bad for a girl not showing her tits. “Cum again?”, you ask.“Bella’s not getting nude?” Correct. She announced her no-nudity clause on Twitter, which was met with cries of “No fair!” from horny fans shelling out $20 a month for access to the 22-year-old’s page.
Here’s Bella’s tweet:
Also nooooo I’m not doing nudity!!! ❤️ https://t.co/vJECHqF4uW
— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) August 26, 2020
And here’s a response from another OnlyFans performer, who references Bella’s previous promise of “no clothes naked” content if fans unlock three extra images for $200:
I hope ya’ll top percentage babes calling everyone haters for being upset the other day can now see how this impacts everyone.
— Fabiana $5.55 OnlyFans (@FabianaFox_) August 27, 2020
Fabiana’s tweets bring us to the second part of this story. People believe stars like Bella, Cardi B, and Blac Chyna joining OnlyFans is exploiting a platform originally created for sex workers. Sex workers who are still stigmatized for their profession. So, all the dough, with none of the “societal backlash”, via Rolling Stone:
“To witness a celebrity gentrifying a platform and making obscene amounts of money without acknowledging the plight of sex workers is truly a slap in the face,” says Aussie Rachel, a sex worker and OnlyFans content creator.
Consider giving all your onlyfans profits to struggling sex workers who can’t get by during a pandemic. You will never know what it’s like to be an actual sex worker but you seem to want to want to write about OUR experience? We are dying. We are criminalized.
— Olivia 📸 📽 (@oliviawildin) August 26, 2020
They’re also worried celebrity OnlyFans performers will steal business from sex workers’ pages. Some have reported a decline in their profits during the pandemic, which is when OnlyFans’ popularity exploded. And as the site becomes more and more mainstream, sex workers are worried they’re being pushed out. Content creator Savannah Solo says:
“Onlyfans NEVER advertises that they host sex workers. It’s all ‘fitness trainers’ and ‘aspiring chefs’ and ‘models,’” says Solo. “They take 20% of every penny we earn and they can’t even bear to acknowledge we exist.”
There’s also the fact that Bella’s working on a documentary about her OnlyFans experience with The Florida Project and Tangerine director Sean Baker. One content creator told Rolling Stone:
“The perspective she’ll gain won’t be representative of what most people experience as content creators on the platform,” says sex worker Ellamourne. “I am certain she’ll deal with some of the same issues — fans crossing boundaries, scammers, etc. But at the end of the day she is a celebrity and wields a large amount of privilege. Unless the intent is to drive the conversation toward decriminalization of sex work, I’ll be disappointed.”
So Bella Thorne could have idk TALKED to any real sex worker to “research” her movie, instead she decided to play OnlyFans for a day, made a million dollars, and forced restrictions on the people who actually rely on that income to survive? 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢
— Blakeley (@Blakel3y) August 28, 2020
Hopefully, Bella learns something from all this controversy and chooses to address the struggles of sex workers in her upcoming documentary. Heck, she could even pull an FKA Twigs and raise money for their cause! Or maybe she’ll just take some more titty selfies on a yacht. It’s a crapshoot, really.