- OnlyFans users and sex workers are calling Bella Thorne out saying she "endangered the livelihood of hundreds and thousands of creators".
- The actor joined the X-Rated site earlier this month, earning over R23 million within her first 24 hours.
- Here, we break down why the star's been getting backlash. Bella has since apologised to users.
Bella Thorne is apologising to OnlyFans users.
The former Disney star joined the X-rated site recently, breaking records as she earned $1.4 million (R23.5 million) in her first 24 hours on the social media site.
But users and sex workers recently called her out, saying she "endangered the livelihood of hundreds and thousands of creators".
OnlyFans user Erika Hoedewald broke it down in a thread on Twitter, explaining Bella sent out a $200 PPV message for a supposed nude picture that was actually just a lingerie photo. "Seeing as she SCAMMED them," Erika wrote, "they [subscribers] wanted their money back and OF has a policy that you get your money back if you get scammed."
She went on, explaining that because so many people wanted their money back and OnlyFans still had to cover their own processing costs, they changed their policies. "So now the maximum price for a PPV message is $50, maximum tip someone can send is $100, and all the money you make on OF is pending for 30 days," she said.
"Previously, the funds you made on OF were only pending for a week, so most creators got paid at least once a week. Imagine suddenly going from a weekly paycheck to a monthly paycheck. That's what's happening to 450,000 content creators."
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People have bills to pay. Kids to feed. Many people, including content creators and sex workers, live paycheck to paycheck. How are they going to pay their bills this month? How are they going to feed themselves and their families? This is REAL HARM.— Erika Onlyfans Hoedewald (@erikaheidewald) August 28, 2020
Bella later took to Twitter to apologise, saying she was trying to "remove the stigma behind sex, sex work, and the negativity that surrounds the word SEX itself by bringing a mainstream face to it".
"I wanted to bring attention to the site, the more people on the site the more likely of a chance to normalise 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... 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."
She added: "I am a mainstream face and when you have a voice, a platform, you try to use you in helping others and advocate for something bigger than yourself. Again in this process I hurt you and for that I'm truly sorry."
...I am a mainstream face and when you have a voice, a platform, you try to use you in helping others and advocate for something bigger than yourself. Again in this process I hurt you and for that I’m truly sorry.— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) August 29, 2020
The 22-year-old shared that she is also meeting with OnlyFans creators to find out exactly why the new restrictions are in place. "This is fucked up and I'm sorry comment any ideas or concerns you want brought up to OF!! and send me your links and a pic so I can promote you guys [sic]," she added.