Critic's Corner: My current thoughts on arguably the world's most controversial adult film star, Mia Khalifa
Hello ladies and gentlemen. My name is Steven Escareno aka Stevennix2001, and i'm here with another monthly edition of "Critic's Corner." As I mentioned before, "Critic's Corner" is a hub series that's dedicated to discussing various topics in the entertainment industry in general, while periodically reviewing other film critics that have influenced me over the years.
Originally, I was going to do this month's topic on my thoughts on Sony's newly planned "Ghostbusters" shared universe, and their other "Ghostbusters" reboot featuring an all male cast after the female cast one debuts in 2016. However, I decided to make this month's topic about Mia Khalifa instead.
Please bear in mind that this article is entirely opinionated, and it shouldn't be taken too seriously. All I'm doing is venting my thoughts on a news story that I heard about recently, so enjoy.
Why did I decide on this topic instead of Sony's planned "Ghostbusters" shared universe schtick.
For those of you wondering why I chose this month's topic to be about HER instead of Sony's planned "Ghostbusters" shared universe (ala marvel style), I'll put it simply like this. With Sony's planned reboot of "Ghostbusters", there's really not a lot of information to go on at this point. Sure, we know that Dan Akroyd is going to be the mastermind behind it, and the Russo brothers (the geniuses behind "Captain America: Winter Soldier") are allegedly going to direct the other reboot in 2017 featuring the all male cast. We also know that Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum are going to be in the all male cast in the second "Ghostbusters" reboot in 2017; following the debut of the first "Ghostbusters" reboot featuring an all female cast in 2016. And, it's been rumored that the all female cast and the all male cast will eventually crossover with each other; ala "Avengers" style.
But apart from those minor details, we know absolutely nothing about what Sony's plans are at this point. Don't get me wrong, I do plan to write an article about it when all the facts come out. However, with very little to go on at this point, I feel like there's nothing I could add to the conversation that hasn't already been said by countless of other film critics out there. Therefore, I'm just going to wait and see at this point with "Ghostbusters."
As my regular readers know, I NEVER review pornographic films, as I've been quite adamant about that. Not because hubpages won't allow me to write reviews on porn because I don't believe there's any rules against it, as far as I know at least. However, I mainly avoid doing it because I try to make my work appeal to both women and men equally. Hence, I wouldn't want to review anything that could potentially make some of my female readers out there feel objectified in any way.
Normally, i wouldn't even bother writing about porn stars in general. However, Mia's case intrigues me because she's received numerous of death threats from countless of people online, for doing her pornographic material.
According to various articles, she's originally from Beirut, Lebanon. Her family moved to the United States in 2000, when she was seven years old, and she attended high school in Montgomery County, Maryland.
She used to work as a waitress for a while, and she moved on to do pornographic films, where she became one of the world's most popular porn stars on a site called "Pornhub."
Although she's only twenty one years old, she's become arguably the most controversial adult actress in the world. The reason why she's been subject to a lot of scrutiny is because of what she does allegedly in her videos.
According to multiple sources, she's performed various sexual acts while donning a hijab. For those of you that don't know what a hijab is, it's essentially a piece of clothing that wraps around a woman's head; sometimes even covering their faces as well. It's been said to be something of a religious code that governs women to wear hijabs, in most Middle Eastern countries.
Needless to say, a lot of people didn't exactly welcome that image with open arms. And to add insult to injury, she also has a tattoo on her arms that says the opening to the Lebanon national anthem written in Arabic, which has pissed off a lot of people these days.
Since becoming Pornhub's most popular adult film star, she's been receiving a lot of death threats on her life. In fact, there's been some reports about how her parents have allegedly disowned her because of her exploits online, while some people online are outright calling her a whore, or a disgrace to her nation and family.
Surprisingly though, she's had quite a sense of humor about it considering the circumstances. When one person mentioned something about chopping off her head on twitter, she replied back saying as long as it's not her breasts because they were expensive. She's even mentioned on twitter that the Middle East should be concerned about more important matters such as finding a President, and containing ISIS.
I know some readers might be thinking she's probably some rebellious girl seeking attention, but she's a lot smarter than various articles portray her to be. Upon further research into her background, she currently holds a bachelor's degree in history, as she graduated from the University of Texas in El Paso, and she currently resides in Florida with her loving husband. Sorry if I shattered anyone's dreams of shacking up with her someday.
Timeflies infamous song that's dedicated to Mia Khalifa (Warning: Contains adult language. Parental discretion is advised)
My general thoughts on Mia Khalifa and my rant about the death threats
Although I've never met Mia Khalifa before, she strikes me as the type of person that possesses a devil may cry attitude, as she doesn't seem to care about what people think about her. However, I doubt that she was oblivious to the controversy that would ensue by doing porn while wearing a hijab, and possessing a tattoo written in Arabic of the Lebanon national anthem. Seriously, I'm not even from the Middle East, as I'm just some dumbass from America that knows relatively jack s*** about Middle Eastern culture, but even I know that doing that type of stuff was bound to p*** off quite a few people within that culture. Not saying i agree with the death threats because I DON'T. All I'm saying is that I'm fairly sure she knew what the consequences were going into the porn industry doing that stuff.
As for the death threats in general, I'll simply say this much. It could be coming from a lot of hostile people from the Middle East that are angered by her films, or it could be the work of a bunch of kids talking crap over the internet. It's hard to say at this point. However, I will say this much.
I honestly don't care how you view Mia Khalifa. If you want to call her a disgrace or any derogatory name for her actions, then you have the right to do so because it's a free country. If you have the right to free speech, then you do have the right to be offended as well. However, to quote what Lily James said in Disney's new movie, "Cinderella", " Just because it's what's done doesn't mean it's what should be done!"
Look, I know how the Middle East tends to take their religion seriously, and I would probably feel disgusted too if I were to find out there's pornographic films out there showing girls doing various sexual acts, while donning nun outfits. Granted, I would NEVER threaten any of them, but I would be disgusted if I were to find out about it nonetheless.
But whatever the case may be, that's no excuse for anyone to send this girl death threats; especially over something so trivial. You don't have to agree with what she's doing, nor do you have to condone it, but who the hell says you had to watch her? Seriously, I hate reality shows for instance, yet you want to know what I do? I simply don't watch those pieces of s*** because I know they're garbage. Therefore, if you don't like what she's doing in her porn videos, then why the hell are you watching it?
Are you being paid to watch it? Is someone putting a gun to your head, and telling you to watch her videos doing that crap? Or for that matter, how the hell did the haters out there even know she was doing porn movies wearing a hijab? As various news sources pointed out, the only possible way you could've known that is if you were watching her damn movies. And if that's the case, then doesn't that make you something of a hypocrite?
Look, I'm not here to condemn any particular religion, as I honestly don't care what my readers chose to believe. However, the fact that we live in an age where a woman gets death threats over something like this freaking disgusts me, and everyone that's threatening her should be ashamed of themselves.
Granted, I know that receiving any kind of criticism (whether it be good or bad) is all part of the entertainment industry, and porn is certainly no exception, but death threats go way too far. At the end of the day, she's not hurting anyone with her videos. If you don't like what she's doing, then don't watch her. Don't talk about her. In fact, you should just pretend she doesn't exist. You want to know why?
Because all your hatred and death threats are going to do is keep putting her in the damn news; hence fueling her already growing popularity. Hell, I never would've heard of her if the Washington Post, CNN and Young Turks didn't do a story on her. But because all you anonymous people out there want to threaten her, it's all over the news to the point that all your doing is making a porn star, who was originally supposed to have fifteen minutes worth of fame, to suddenly become a celebrity. Way to go guys! Way to be counterproductive!
As I mentioned earlier, I'm not insensitive to people's various religions, and I apologize if I am offending anyone that's deeply religious. But what exactly are you going to accomplish by threatening this girl? If your caught, then you know you're going to jail because threatening people is highly illegal. And even if your not caught, then all you did was fan the flame to make this girl even more popular than she already is. It's the equivalent of what happened with "Twilight." All those haters did was help make the same damn franchise they hated into becoming a success; hence their efforts to hate on it was pointless.
Final thoughts on this topic
As I mentioned before, I never heard of this girl until these death threats put her on the news, and I don't care what anyone wants to think about her either. However, I will say this much. While I can see why some people would be offended by what she's doing, the reality is she's not hurting anyone.
If you don't like her content, then IGNORE HER, and STOP watching her damn videos on the internet. It's not that hard to do, as it's actually quite easy. I know many people in the Middle East hold their religion very close, and I can respect that. Granted, I don't have to agree with their religious practices, as I'm not here to defend Mia Khalifa's actions. However, I'm asking everyone that's threatening her life to please stop.
I'm not asking as an American citizen, nor am I asking as a guy that was raised under a Catholic faith. I'm asking as a human being to stop it. Mia Khalifa may have brought most of her criticism upon herself, but she does not deserve to have her life threatened like this on a daily basis.
And if you think she does, then maybe that says more about you than it does about her. At the end of the day, there's more important issues to worry about in the world. Far greater than what some porn actresses does on the internet. And if worrying about what Mia does in her porn videos is the biggest problem that you have in your life, then you have earned my pity.
© 2015 Steven Escareno
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