Mia Khalifa, a former adult film actress who dominated the industry in 2014, has recently been fired from her advisory role at Red Light Holland due to a tweet she posted. The tweet in question expressed her support for Palestine. Khalifa’s tweet read, “Can someone please tell the freedom fighters in Palestine to flip their phones and film horizontal,” and another stated, “I can’t believe the Zionist apartheid regime is being brought down by guerrilla fighters in fake Gucci shirts – the biopics of these moments better reflect that.”
This comes in the wake of a deadly attack by Hamas on Israel, which resulted in over 1300 Israeli deaths. In response, the Israeli military launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, causing significant casualties, with over 1900 Palestinians reported dead. The Israeli government has since called for nearly half of Gaza’s 2 million residents to relocate, hinting at a possible ground attack.
The CEO of Red Light Holland, Todd Shapiro, expressed his strong disapproval of Khalifa’s comments on Twitter. He stated, “This is such a horrendous tweet. Consider yourself fired effective immediately. Simply disgusting. Beyond disgusting.” He further criticized Khalifa for “condoning death, r*pe, beatings, and hostage-taking” and urged her to “become a better human being.”
Khalifa responded to the firing, expressing regret for not vetting her business associations for potential ideological conflicts. She tweeted, “I’d say supporting Palestine has lost me business opportunities, but I’m more angry at myself for not checking whether or not I was entering into business with Zionists. My bad.” She further clarified her stance, emphasizing that she was not promoting violence but was expressing support for the Palestinian citizens fighting for their freedom.
Mia Khalifa’s past in the adult film industry was brief but impactful. She became one of the most viewed performers globally in a short span. In a recent episode of Steven Bartlett’s podcast “Diary Of A CEO,” Khalifa opened up about her decision to enter the industry, revealing that it was influenced by an abusive relationship she had in her late teens. Her ex-spouse, who was in the US Army, introduced her to the world of adult films. This decision led to her family disowning her, and she has since expressed that “some mistakes aren’t forgivable.”
Over the years, Khalifa transitioned from the adult film industry to becoming a social media influencer, offering advice on various topics. She has been married twice, first to her high school sweetheart and later to chef Robert Sandberg, with both marriages ending in divorce. She was also engaged a third time but called it off before the wedding.
Mia’s Other Controversies
Adult Film Industry Advocacy: After leaving the adult film industry, Khalifa has been vocal about the exploitation within it. She has advocated for better protections for performers and has been critical of the industry’s power dynamics. This has led to backlash from some quarters of the industry.
Sports Commentary: Khalifa transitioned to sports commentary after her time in the adult film industry. However, her comments on certain teams and players have sometimes drawn criticism from fans and other commentators.
TikTok Ban: In 2020, Khalifa faced a temporary ban on TikTok. While the exact reason for the ban wasn’t clear, it was speculated that it might have been due to her outspoken nature and the content she posted.
Personal Relationships: Khalifa’s personal life has also been a subject of public scrutiny. Her marriages and relationships have often been discussed in the media, leading to both support and criticism.
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