Mia Khalifa speaks up about the regrets and dangerous consequences associated with having been a part of the pornography industry

by Asfa Shakeel

Mia Khalifa, who gained international notoriety for her stint in the porn industry from 2014 to 2015, spoke up recently about the very serious consequences of her career choices.

Mia Khalifa

Mia Khalifa was part of the porn industry from 2014-2015. (Image source: Instagram/Mia Khalifa)

The Lebanese social media personality sat down with BBC Radio 5 Live to talk about how the day to day harassment she faces sometimes supersedes the threats from ISIS and her country.

She said, “I guess I do get harassed in person which is why I don’t really go out. I’ve grown a very thick skin so I feel uncomfortable speaking on the #MeToo movement because I don’t feel like I’m a part of it.  Other people do and other people say that for me and I guess it’s subjective, I just try to laugh things off because it could always be much, much worse.”

Mia Khalifa

She has now revealed why she regrets her stint. (Image source: Instagram/Mia Khalifa)

She also talked about how the demographic she attracts can sometimes mean that in a normal social situation, she has to always be alert and on the lookout for overbearing strangers.

Mia Khalifa

Mia has previously received death threats from ISIS. (Image source: Instagram/Mia Khalifa)

“More or less yes, especially since people would come up to me and not everybody was polite and asked kindly for a photo. My demographic is predominantly male, ages 18-24.”

“You combine that with me going out with my friends to a bar. People are drinking. Interactions with people… I would say 60 percent range from rude to terrifying so I’m always looking over my shoulder. Not just for ISIS, just for everybody that comes up to me,” she added.

Mia Khalifa

The ISIS death threats came after she appeared in a pornographic video wearing a Hijab. (Image source: Instagram/Mia Khalifa)

Mia hit the peak of her career in terms of death threats when she appeared in a pornographic video while wearing a Hijab. Having been raised as a Catholic by her parents, this choice was made by the producers of the movie and not her, but she faced the full brunt of controversy and criticism. ISIS threatened to behead Mia unless she stopped working as an adult actress.

Mia Khalifa

ISIS publicly threatened to behead her. (Image source: Instagram/Mia Khalifa)

She sat down with Lance Armstrong on an episode of his podcast, The Forward, to talk about her time in the industry and why she chose to leave it behind.

Mia Khalifa

Her career continues to haunt her even now that she has left it behind. (Image source: Instagram/Mia Khalifa)

“It all started to spiral out of control when the death threats from ISIS started coming in, that’s when I stepped away. As soon as I started to gain popularity that’s when I was like ‘get the f*** out of this’. This was not what I was trying to do whatsoever. I just wanted to let loose and rebel a little bit,” Mia revealed.

The 25-year-old talked about how her brief stint in the industry did not give her any validation as some might think, saying, “It didn’t validate me. Nothing like that ever does. That’s not what you should be doing to try and build your self-esteem.”

Mia Khalifa

She now says a career like hers does not provide oneself with any validation. (Image source: Instagram/Mia Khalifa)

Khalifa’s parents have publicly disassociated themselves from her in the past. A family statement circulated on Arab news outlets, talking about how her actions did not reflect their upbringing.

Mia Khalifa

The former actress faces harassment on a daily basis. (Image source: Instagram/Mia Khalifa)

“We are probably paying the price of living away from our homeland; our kids had to adapt to societies that don’t resemble our culture, traditions and values. Hence, we emphasize that we disassociate ourselves from her actions which do not reflect her family beliefs, her upbringing or her true Lebanese roots.”

Mia Khalifa

She says she has to be constantly vigilant about her surroundings. (Image source: Instagram/Mia Khalifa)

We hope that she comes back to her senses as her image does not honor her family or her homeland — Lebanon,” Mia’s parents said.



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