Former Disney child star Bella Thorne hasn’t impressed everyone with her huge $1 million in 24 hours on subscription-based platform OnlyFans.
In fact, the star has copped a fair amount of backlash online with other content creators claiming she has ‘ruined’ the platform for everyone else.
OnlyFans was set up in 2016 to provide a subscription-based platform for creators to share their work, however it soon became known for its explicit content as it allows nudity, with sex workers, mainstreams celebrities and influencers flocking to the site.
Within days of Bella revealing she’s earned millions from the site in only a week, she became the subject of widespread backlash on Twitter and other social media pages.
People accused her of having prompted changes in the rules of what OnlyFans creators can request, because they said she had manipulated subscribers by charging too much for a one-time event she had suggested would be racier than it was. (Her followers regularly pay $20 per month.)
Many identifying themselves as OnlyFans creators on social media also claimed payments from the company had been delayed because of Bella’s own massive payout.
They blamed Bella for, as several people put it, ‘ruining OnlyFans’ for people who especially need an income now, just as the coronavirus has shuttered businesses and wrecked the economy.
“It took 48 hours for Bella Thorne to ruin things for us OF creators/SWs because she felt like playing a pretend SWer,” one person wrote.
While another said: “Donate your $2 million!”
In a statement, however, the company said Bella was not the reason, but it has made changes.
“Transaction limits are set to help prevent overspending and to allow our users to continue to use the site safely. We value all of the feedback received since this change was implemented and we will continue to review these limits. Our objective remains to provide the best platform possible for the OnlyFans community. We can confirm that any changes to transaction limits are not based on any one user.”
Some of those upset with Bella also called out the fact that, for her, creating content for OnlyFans is only a side hustle. While Bella did direct a film for Pornhub last year, she revealed that her foray onto the website is actually part of her acting research for an upcoming movie.
“It’s a feature we are researching as I’m living it currently,” Bella told the LA Times.
“What are the ins and outs? What does a platform like this do to its users? What’s the connective material between your life and your life inside the world of OnlyFans? ... How can it change your life for the worse and the better? How far are you willing to go, and how far do you want to go? You can be me, or this talented girl from Montana, and OnlyFans could change your life — if you want it to, of course.”
Reporting by Raechal Shewfelt.