Mia Khalifa is known for a lot of reasons. She used to be a porn star, for one; she is also a vocal socio-political commentator and a sports pundit. In addition, she is a woman who has a price on her head because of her decisions.
On BBC Radio 5, Mia said that she has a lot to worry about in addition to being threatened by ISIS and the reactions of extremists in Lebanon—which is her home country.
She spoke in detail about the disturbing result of her brief career in pornography. She talked about her everyday experiences and also the harassment she faced—she described it all as ranging from “rude” to “terrifying”.
She talked about the #metoo movement, saying that she does get harassed in person, which is why she does not really go out much. She claims that she has grown a thick skin, which is why she feels uncomfortable speaking about the movement; she does not feel like she is a part of it.
Other people do, she says, but she supposes that is all subjective. She says that she just tries to laugh things off—it could all be a great deal worse.
When Mia was asked if she always looks over her shoulder, she said that she does—more or less. People would go up to her, but not everyone was polite and kindly asked her for a photo.
She pointed out that her demographic—for the most part—is male, and they are generally between the ages of 18 and 24. When that fact is combined with her going out with her female friends to a bar, there’s a problem—because people are drinking.
Mia said that about 60 percent of her interactions with people are somewhere between rude and frightening, and that’s why she is always looking over her shoulder. She isn’t just worried about ISIS—she is concerned over everyone that comes up to her.
Mia has spoken out about her time in the adult entertainment industry in the past; she appeared on “The Forward”, the podcast of cyclist Lance Armstrong.
ISIS has threatened to behead Mia in the past; the organization did not want her working in the adult entertainment industry, and ISIS made that position very clear.
When she was in Austin speaking with Lance Armstrong, Mia said that everything started to “spiral out of control” once ISIS’ death threats started coming, and that is when Mia decided to step away.
She started to get popular as an entertainer, and that’s when she realized she needed to get out of the industry.
Adult entertainment, she said, was not what she was trying to do. She said she was just trying to “let loose” and “rebel” a bit.
Mia really seems to regret her time in the pornography industry, which lasted only 3 months. She was 21 years old at the time. She has described the whole thing as a “huge mistake”.
She said that her time in the industry did not validate her, adding that nothing like that ever does. That is not what one should be doing, she said, to build self-esteem.
This is how happy I am to be holding a glass of Lebanese wine. Thank you, @zaytinya for hosting @dcfoodporn, @jordanschuble and myself! I never come home without making a stop at @chefjoseandres’s Mediterranean Mecca. We sat there and ate and talked for over 4 hours… this the best way true friends are made, I love the way food brings people together (ALL photo cred goes to @dcfoodporn. Thanks for making me look like a snack, too).
Mia’s experience was negative, and she was right to speak out about what she is going through; however, the pornography industry is still going strong and likely will continue indefinitely. In the United States, commercial pornography generates billions of dollars. Back in 2006, the pornography industry generated almost $100 billion in revenue. More disturbing is that fact that child pornography is a $3 billion industry.
More than 70 percent of male internet users between the ages of 18 and 34 visit a porn site on a monthly basis. Pornography addiction has become a topic of discussion lately, as has problematic internet pornography viewing. Those suffering from a problem with pornography spend an excessive amount of time watching it, to the point they may experience social isolation, depression, financial consequences, decreased productivity, and career loss.
Believe it or not, there are actually support groups for those addicted to online pornography. NoFap, which was founded in 2011, is a support group for those people who want to avoid using pornography—as well as masturbation and/or intercourse.