Actor Tyler Posey joined OnlyFans and sparked debate about celebrities ‘exploiting’ sex workers

James Besanvalle
Tuesday 01 December 2020 13:19
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Actor Tyler Posey signed up for an OnlyFans account and people have a lot of thoughts.

The Teen Wolf star announced via Instagram that he created a profile with the online content subscription service.

He posted a trailer-like video featuring the young star naked while sitting on a stool with his legs crossed and playing a guitar.

As a caption, he wrote:

“You guys asked for it, and I supplied. I now have an OnlyFans. Follow the link in my bio and come get wet with me! Haha.”

He also posted the video to Twitter. 

OnlyFans is a platform which allows people to post exclusive content, which followers pay a premium to access. It’s best known for its NSFW content, and has offered a new stream of income to sex workers, especially during the pandemic.

Posey’s followers immediately went into a frenzy:

But not everyone was happy.

People criticised the actor for using a platform that typically a lot of sex workers use to make a living.

They argued privileged celebrities – just like Bella Thorne – creating accounts takes away this vital income:

Some people believe celebrities using the platform makes it harder for non-celebrities because the algorithm will naturally favour them:

Others used the opportunity to point out the double standard in the backlash Bella Thorne received but people not having a problem with Posey:

Earlier this month, Bella Thorne came under fire for her presence on the subscription-based platform.

OnlyFans users allege Thorne charged $200 (£149) for a supposedly “nude” pay-per-view (PPV) photoset that turned out to be her wearing lingerie – causing some of her subscribers to complain.

They claimed a rush of people requesting refunds made OnlyFans implement a $50 cap on PPV posts, as well as earnings from the site being paid out monthly now instead of weekly.

This effectively put a cap on many sex workers’ income.

Bella Thorne has since apologised, tweeting: “I hurt you and for that I’m truly sorry.”

At the time of writing, Posey has uploaded six posts to his OnlyFans account – five pictures and one video.

indy100 reached out to Tyler Posey for comment.

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