Bella Thorne “OnlyFans” Controversy

Former child actress, Bella Thorne, recently revealed on her Instagram that she created a page on the content subscription-based service, OnlyFans, much to the surprise of her followers.

In under a week, Thorne’s OnlyFans page generated over $2 million in revenue. The news upset other content creators and subscribers who felt that her presence on the app was no more than a ploy to reap the benefits of being famously recognizable and attract more of her fans to benefit a lucrative form of making money in the entertainment industry.

Thorne is most famously known for portraying teen dancer Cece Jones in the hit teen sitcom “Shake It Up,” which aired on Disney Channel from 2010-2013.

OnlyFans is a popular subscription-based content platform for creators to post and send typically adult-oriented images, videos, and texts. The site takes a 20% commission on each transaction. The platform currently has over 60 million users and 750,000 content creators, globally.

The backlash surrounding Thorne’s revenue on the app seemingly prompted the UK-based service to change its payment policy, resulting in a limit for the maximum amount of money that creators can make. Although, according to The Verge, the company did not make these changes based on Thorne.

Initially, OnlyFans did not have a limit on the amount of money that creators can charge for exclusive content. Now, the service has capped the price to $50 for a monthly subscription while also barring creators from accepting more than $100 for tips from users. Having previously advertised more “exclusive content” for an additional $200, some subscribers realized that they weren’t getting exactly what they were paying for.

50,000 users subscribed to Thorne’s page paying a $16.99 fee with an additional pay-per-view (PPV) fee. Some subscribers tweeted that they were disappointed to find that an advertised PPV photo was not nude, considerably unusual for an adult content site, even though Thorne had clarified on her Twitter that there would be no nudity on her page.

“Bella Thorne used the opportunity to try and get as much money as she could from it, not realizing that it was actually hurting other creators,” Ellis said about the policy changes negatively affecting other sex workers who use the app to finance their living expenses. “It’s unfair and she should fully apologize and refund everyone for trying to scam through a website that gives people the chance to earn income that they need to pay bills and survive.”

The 28-year old issued an apology recently via her Twitter account highlighting the reason for her actions on the website, writing:

“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,” said Thorne in the Tweet.

According to an article from Page Six, this isn’t Thorne’s first experience with sex work.

In 2019, she accepted a “Vision Award” at Pornhub’s ceremony for her directorial work on an original short entitled, “Her & Him,” which is described as a sexually-explicit version of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ She recently starred in the crime-thriller drama, “Infamous” receiving mixed-reviews after having a delayed release because of COVID-19.