Former Disney star Bella Thorne is once again being chastised for actions surrounding her OnlyFans account.
Back in August, the Shake It Up star joined the paid subscription site popular for adult content and temporarily caused it to crash. At the time, many criticized the actress for exploiting a platform that has carried struggling sex workers through the pandemic.
When Thorne joined OnlyFans, she broke a record by earning $1 million on her first day. In less than a week, she made $2 million. Seemingly due to her unprecedented success, OnlyFans changed some of its policies to limit tips, set price caps and further space withdrawals for creators, which prompted sex workers to speak out.
“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,” Aussie Rachel, a sex worker and OnlyFans content creator, told Rolling Stone.
And if that backlash wasn’t bad enough, Thorne recently made things worse for herself when, on Dec. 13, she took to her Instagram Stories to paint herself as a martyr and trendsetter of sorts.
“Everyone jumping on OnlyFans but I took the hit for doing it first,” she said. “Cool.”
“Legit everyone in my news feed following in my footsteps,” she added with an exaggerated eye roll. “But when I was getting heat y’all were scared.”
People didn’t respond well to Thorne’s claims.
“Bella Thorne is one of the top 10 villains of 2020,” one viral tweet said.
“She’s just blatantly gonna ignore that she scammed people and made it harder for people who depend on it,” another user wrote.
“I cannot stand this woman,” a third added.
Thorne’s claims aren’t just seen as offensive by many — they’re also wrong. As many Twitter users pointed out, several celebrities including Blac Chyna, Cardi B and Thorne’s former BFF Tana Mongeau set up OnlyFans accounts long before Thorne did.
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