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Bella Thorne faces searing backlash after claiming she was the ‘first’ to use OnlyFans

Josh Milton December 15, 2020
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Bella Thorne wearing a face mask and headphones poses to the camera

Bella Thorne claimed she was the 'first' to use OnlyFans. (Screen captures via Instagram)

Bella Thorne is once again facing a searing backlash for her OnlyFans after claiming she was the “first” to use the website that allows users to pay for online content.

The 23-year-old said in an Instagram story according to screen captures: “Everyone jumping on ONLY fans [sic] but I took the hit for doing it firsttttt. Coooool.

“Legit, everyone in my news feed following in my footsteps. But when I was getting heat, y’all were scared.”

Countless OnlyFans users sought to stress that, no, Thorne was not the “first” to join the platform, first launched in 2016.

Bella Thorne has a thorny relationship with fellow OnlyFans users 

While fans often welcome the chance to have a more intimate relationship with celebrities, sex workers have reacted to the increasing number of public figures joining OnlyFans with unease and, at times, anger.

Rapper Cardi B, singer Tyler Posey and model Amber Rose are among other celebrities to use OnlyFans.

Thorne drew thorny responses in August 2020 when, within 24 hours of joining the subscription service, she made around $1 million.

Not only was she criticised for taking opportunities from sex workers, the thumping profit and allegedly charging $200 for a “nude” photograph forced OnlyFans to cap the amount content-creators can charge for pay-per-view materials, plunging many of its users, mainly sex workers, into jeopardy.

The pansexual former Disney star later issued an apology for “hurting” OnlyFans creators: “Remove the stigma behind sex, sex work, and the negativity that surrounds the word SEX itself by bringing a mainstream face to it,” she wrote on Twitter.

“That’s what I was trying to do, to help bring more faces to the site to create more revenue for content creators on the site.”

The frustration among sex workers, for whom OnlyFans is often a lifeline amid the coronavirus pandemic, hit another flashpoint 12 December when the actor announced a Christmas sale on her account.

Asking her followers to “spend the holidays” with her, incensed OnlyFans users instead responded with pithy comebacks urging them to subscribe to their accounts instead.

It was a tacit hit about when Thorne previously pledged to “promote” OnlyFans users after the scandal, “but never did”, as one Twitter user pointed out.

Related topics: Bella Thorne, OnlyFans, sex work, Twitter

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