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Mia Khalifa is not just any porn star—she was recently ranked the most popular actress on Pornhub.com, the 71st most-visited website in the world
Mia Khalifa is not just any porn star—she was recently ranked the most popular actress on Pornhub.com, the 71st most-visited website in the world

Lebanese pornstar Mia Khalifa’s parents have broken their silence to the public after discovering their daughter is a pornstar, stating: “We disassociate ourselves from her actions which do not reflect her family beliefs, her upbringing or her true Lebanese roots. We hope that she comes back to her senses as her image does not honor her family or her homeland — Lebanon.”

While no parents will be proud to discover their children engaging in massive amounts of sex in a very public way, Mia Khalifa raised the bar by shocking her ultra-conservative parents who follow the Republican-party.

“We are probably paying the price of living away from our homeland; our kids had to adapt to societies that don’t resemble our culture, traditions and values,” the family said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, Khalifa, born in 1993, moved with her family to the United States in 2000. They left behind them one of the more liberal countries in the Middle East but one where religion plays a central, sometimes divisive, role in daily life and many are deeply socially conservative.

Having turned 18, Khalifa left home, the statement says, “as is common in the West. She married an American guy in February 2011 and is currently living with him in Florida. Mia has since lost contact with her family.”

She is also criticized for her tattoo, in Arabic, of the opening lines of the Lebanese National Anthem, and a second tattoo that represents a divisive Lebanese political party, the Lebanese Forces. Her father is a Lebanese Forces supporter, she says. She got the cross on her wrist two years ago in support of her father, “to show him, ‘I’m on your side.’”

Mia Khalifa Did What Kim Kardashian Failed To Do

Kim Kardashian posted nude photos of herself in recent months, seeking to “break the internet”. Mia Khalifa has stirred up a global controversy and debate over her porn career.

Her ranking as the world’s top pornstar on Pornhub drew strong criticism from many, including some in the Middle East who branded her “a disgrace” to the country and “shameful”.

American duo Timeflies, who recorded a song about her this week, posted to their Twitter feed.

It’s already proven pretty popular with her fans, with several posting that, together, she and the band “broke the internet.”

And Khalifa herself remains defiant in the face of the trolls.

“How does it feel to be the most hated arab at the moment?” she wrote. “Pretty good since @Timeflies wrote a song about me.”

Not the First Lebanese Pornstar

While many are crediting Mia Khalifa as the first Lebanese pornstar, Ameera Milan is a lesser known adult film actress from Lebanon and Egypt. Ameera’s career started in 2012, and she was the winner Of Miss EXXXotica 2012. Like Mia, Ameera is also based out of Miami.

British-Lebanese author and publisher Nasri Atallah posted at length in her defense on his Facebook page.

“The moral indignation about Mia Khalifa, presumably the first Lebanese pornstar, is wrong for two reasons. First and foremost, as a woman, she is free to do as she pleases with her body,” he wrote.

“Secondly, as a sentient human being with agency, who lives halfway across the world she is in charge of her own life and owes absolutely nothing to the country where she happened to be born. There is this odd perception that being Lebanese is a vocation and a duty first and that your personal life comes second.”

Khalifa is a Lebanese Christian who would not normally wear a hijab or any form of headwear. The fact that she did in several of her porn videos was a major insult to Muslim people, as the intention of the covering is to show modesty, appearing in a porn video is far from being modest.

Mia has received numerous death threats from people around the world, likely due to her use of a hijab in some of her porn videos
Mia has received numerous death threats from people around the world, likely due to her use of a hijab in some of her porn videos

And like Khalifah, Atallah believes the fevered interest her actions have stirred back home is unwarranted.

“For the record, I don’t think we should be particularly proud of Mia Khalifa, we should just be indifferent. She’s doing a job she chose, in a regulated industry, no different to banking. Actually, it’s probably more regulated than banking.

“I certainly don’t think she’s our last frontier against ISIS as some have suggested. She is a 21-year old in Florida who has made a decision for herself, with absolutely no wider implications.”

Also read:
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Mia Khalifa’s Conservative Parents Furious Over Porn Career
Brains, Not Vaginas, Are What Make Lebanese Women Powerful

Ya Libnan, CNN, The Independent

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