OnlyFans, the site literally everyone knows for ONE thing, is about to ban that one thing. Yes, the uber-popular content streaming platform that revolutionized the porn industry by allowing hot women to monetize their nudes (and more).
That simple idea - let sex workers independently monetize their content - catapulted OnlyFans into mainstream recognition. Its profile rose particularly during the pandemic, when many newly unemployed women were able to make a living (or, in some cases, more money than they'd ever make at a 9-to-5) by shakin' what the good Lord gave 'em on camera. Sadly, all good things come to an end, and starting October 1, sexually explicit content will no longer be welcome on the platform.
OnlyFans is banning porn, the company announced today. It’s a surprise move meant to protect its partnerships with banks and payment providers. The platform will still allow creators to post nude photos and videos, but not any “sexually explicit conduct.” https://t.co/GPeYKxoeHE pic.twitter.com/maup0lf8iG— Input (@inputmag) August 19, 2021
In an effort to raise their company valuation and obtain more funding, OnlyFans is bowing down to pressure from banking and investment partners and trying to pivot towards becoming a more family-friendly live content streaming service.
OnlyFans makes $2B in revenue and still needs to bow to its financial intermediaries??— Camila Russo ✊ (@CamiRusso) August 19, 2021
This is why money will run on open and permissionless rails. Old finance is over.#defithebanks pic.twitter.com/ohAICMydSL
Let's be clear, this is not a thing they actually, truly need to do. The company is wildly profitable and raking money in - it's just that nothing is real in this derivatives-based economy anymore and so they just do whatever they can to keep raising the valuation skywards by getting that sweet sweet hedgie money babyyyyy.
Towards that end, they've already started the media blitz of ads showcasing all the non-porn creators they have in areas like fitness and cooking.
Also wtf they signed... Rachel Dolezal? Really, OnlyFans? You gave up tiddies and replaced them with THIS?
The news was met pretty unfavorably (surprise surprise):
Sex work is work and onlyfans has been a place where people can do this safely and on their own terms. Onlyfans making $2b off of this and then banning it is capitalist greed that will now impact the incomes of people who are in need of those resources to provide for themselves.— Marti (@MartiGCummings) August 19, 2021
onlyfans is just another example of how these large platforms use sex workers to build their audience then pull support once they no longer deem them beneficial.— meowri (@JennaLynnMeowri) August 19, 2021
Former escort/adult star Syndey Leathers (who came to fame during the Anthoney Weiner sexting scandal) also posted the following tweet that is absolute gold:
I’m looking at you, @RepAnnWagner— Sydney Leathers (@sydneyelainexo) August 19, 2021
Naturally, Twitter being Twitter there were also plenty of jokes:
Ex Only Fans girls that now work at Popeyes finna be a scary combo pic.twitter.com/S27yuxCB3Z— RDCWORLD BURNER (@rdcburner) August 19, 2021
Top 1% OnlyFans creators linking up at Job Centre pic.twitter.com/10MiCi48Co— UNCLE LEROYYYY (@_Tyreeck_) August 19, 2021
The CEO of OnlyFans logging into the app in October pic.twitter.com/NStTA72Ssr— Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) August 19, 2021
Only fans realising half their profit is gone by October pic.twitter.com/kW2DQHhs6M— Tayyab (@Tayyabiqbal06) August 19, 2021
This how y'all look roasting onlyfans girls right now— Metalcore Gatsby (@FRONZ1LLA) August 20, 2021
"gEt a ReAl JoB" pic.twitter.com/VFMqjRf5FT
A lot of people are sending me screenshots of Burger King applications as some kind of "gotcha" because they think I'm on Only Fans. But no thanks, I'm very happy at my current job - that I got with the degree I paid for with the money I made as a sex worker. Die mad.— Diana ➡️ Occasionally Awarewolf (@Superdillin) August 20, 2021
When I only see cooking tutorials on Only Fans pic.twitter.com/dGAciJbztk— Phil Cassidy (@Suave_gent) August 20, 2021
Don't worry though, it's only a matter of time before various alternative sites pop up and we can all continue horning it up as we have been.