Mia Khalifa’s Conservative Parents Furious Over Porn Career

21-year old Lebanese pornstar Mia Khalifa grew up in Lebanon before moving to the U.S.
21-year old Lebanese pornstar Mia Khalifa grew up in Lebanon before moving to the U.S.

Mia Khalifa has joined the growing ranks of Middle Eastern pinups after being crowned the Queen of Pornhub, one of the world’s most popular porn websites.

While the pornstar’s raunchy antics have angered many in her native Lebanon and the Arab community, her 34DD-26-40 curves are raising temperatures. The brunette beauty from Lebanon has begun to receive death threats from her native country.

By most metrics, 21-year-old Mia Khalifa (not her real name) is doing pretty well for herself. She’s educated, has a job that pays well and is successful in her field.

Mia, who considers herself a “Lebanese born and bred” porn star, sparked controversy after topping the charts on one of the biggest online porn sites
Mia, who considers herself a “Lebanese born and bred” porn star, sparked controversy after topping the charts on one of the biggest online porn sites

She’s a daughter anyone could be proud of. Except Khalifa’s parents aren’t proud of her. They’re embarrassed, she says, because her job, which pays well enough to support her at the age of 21, is in porn. And 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, according to the web traffic analytics firm Alexa (for comparison, cnn.com ranks 73rd and nytimes.com ranks 97th). On average, every day, millions of people around the world see Khalifa’s face—and other parts of her, as well.

She was working at a burger joint in Miami, Florida, and was approached about becoming a pornstar. She made her modeling debut on October 3, 2014 and her porn debut two weeks later on October 17. What Mia did next shocked the entire adult entertainment industry – she shot up the charts at a record rate to claim the title of world’s top pornstar on one of the most visited online porn sites, pornhub.com. Despite being a porn star for less than 3 months, Mia sits head of top of industry veterans that include Lisa Ann, Madison Ivy, Sasha Gray, and Jayden James.

Born in Beirut, her parents moved to Montgomery County in Maryland when she was around 10 years old. She has a B.A. in history from the University of Texas at El Paso. Based in Miami, she has her own place at a time when one in four people her age live with their parents (who also live with their parents).

For Khalifa’s Lebanese immigrant parents, pornography is not an acceptable way to make a living. And in recent weeks, the debate over her career choice has expanded beyond a family disagreement to a national conversation in Lebanon about the roles of pornography and the Internet.

Mia has tattoos that include lyrics from the Lebanese national anthem, and the Lebanese Forces cross on her wrist
Mia has tattoos that include lyrics from the Lebanese national anthem, and the Lebanese Forces cross on her wrist

By her own admission, Khalifa isn’t very interested in Lebanese politics. “I don’t want us to be bullied by Syria or Israel, but I’m pretty indifferent towards it,” she said in an interview with Newsweek. But she isn’t shy about repping her Lebanese heritage on social media, either. On her left arm is a tattoo of the opening lines of Lebanese national anthem: كلنـا للوطـن للعـلى للعـلم (translation: All of us! For our Country, for our Flag and Glory!). On her right wrist is a tattoo of the Lebanese Forces Cross, the symbol of a Lebanese conservative Christian political party opposed to the Syrian Bashar Assad regime. Her father is a Lebanese Forces supporter, she says. She got the cross on her wrist two years ago, after the October 2012 Beirut bombing, in support of her father, “to show him, ‘I’m on your side.'”

Both tattoos have generated controversy in Lebanon. Her critics say she’s shaming her country by appearing in porn with the Lebanese national anthem tattooed on her body, she says. “They’re embarrassed I’m ‘claiming’ them—as if I had a choice. I was born there.”

Lebanon, a country of just under 5 million, is one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East and has the most religious diversity of any nation in the region. But it spent the years from 1975 to 1990 locked in a bloody civil war, the aftershocks of which are reflected in the polarized political landscape of today. In recent years it has been plagued by political deadlock, such as when it spent 10 months in 2013 and 2014 without a government because its conservative and liberal coalitions could not come to an agreement.

Khalifa’s conservative parents, meanwhile, have denounced her to the Lebanese media, she says. “No one in my family is speaking to me,” Khalifa says. She describes her parents as “extremely strict, overbearing, and very conservative—they assimilated to American culture by latching on to the Republican party.”

Few parents are happy to learn their child has elected to pursue a career in pornography. Most come around after a few weeks, Khalifa says. But what happens when your career becomes the subject of national debate? “It’s blown up on such a huge scale,” she says, attracting coverage in Lebanon and in Lebanese news channels in the U.S. “Everybody from my second cousins to family friends to my parents’ friends know…it’s not something that’s going to be forgiven.”

Khalifa says she feels guilty that her family has been caught up in the controversy. “I’ve dragged their name through the mud,” she says. “I feel guilty for dragging them into this and having all their friends know now that it’s on Lebanese media. But that was never my intention.”

Various pundits and commentators have latched onto Khalifa as a talking point in the ongoing debate over pornography and the Internet in Lebanon. Several Beirut-based newspapers printed unfavorable articles about Khalifa. She responded on Twitter.

Others, like British-Lebanese author Nasri Atallah, came to her defense. “The moral indignation about Mia Khalifa, presumably the first Lebanese porn star, is wrong for two reasons,” he wrote on Facebook. “First and foremost, as a woman, she is free to do as she pleases with her body. 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.”

Lebanon’s Internet, while slow (only Beirut has 4G), is generally not restricted, according to a 2014 report by the international watchdog organization Freedom House. But that may be changing. In September, the country’s Telecommunications Ministry ordered Internet service providers to block access to six pornographic websites for reasons of “societal decency.” Khalifa suspects the new, intense focus on her may be related. “I think that’s why they’re latching on to me. They’re using me as a tool,” she says. Similar controversy was sparked last year when a Lebanese female athlete posed topless in Lebanon.

Most of the hatred Khalifa gets on social media comes from Lebanese men who have seen her movies, she says. Death threats are not uncommon.

Conversely, most of the support that comes her way on social media comes from Egypt, she says.

Khalifa says she doesn’t plan on staying in porn forever: “It’s not something I’d make a career out of, but I’ll ride it out ’til I can’t do it anymore.” Until then, she just wishes the media would leave her family alone. Asked if her career was worth losing her family, she said she wasn’t sure. “I can’t say it’s worth it,” she says. “But I can’t self-pity, because I consciously made this decision myself.”

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  • AkhouManUki

    Strange – their daughter is more famous than George Clooney’s wife. I would expect they would be thrilled!

    Seriously though, can you imagine the phone calls they got from family back home? “Happy New Year! Shu 7el sharmouta???”

    Also, ironic that her parents are republicans – they’re known to be the heaviest porn consumers out there.

  • 5thDrawer

    Sure stuff her into an unheated pool in Miami. Cheap pools down there ….

    • AkhouManUki

      Looks like a pretty big pool ya 5th – plenty of room for a big guy like you!

      • 5thDrawer

        We may have smaller Akhou …. but we heat the things up. 😉

        • McBain

          talking like that you definitely have a smaller something

  • SICK

    What a fucking dumb bitch, “Asked if her career was worth losing her family, she said she wasn’t sure. “I can’t say it’s worth it,” she says. “But I can’t self-pity, because I consciously made this decision myself.”” A career of sucking cocks and getting pounded up the ass is more important than her mother and father and other family? If I was her parent, I would disown her too.

    • xyz

      Porn and intelligence dont mix too often. Now its not the case

    • noone

      you bloody fucking dumb bitch not her

  • xyz

    1. Shes no beauty
    2. She indeed is scum. Sooner or later shell regret her decision, past will catch up with her
    3. What kind of education of morality she could have since she accepted the porn offer from the very start?
    4. Good luck with STD’s and the horrible reality behind the porn “glamour”

    • noone

      you are so wrong she is so sexy that i want her my self

  • xyz

    “She’s educated, has a job that pays well and is successful in her field.”

    Yep, it shows….. NOT

  • Toto

    Mia is a CATHOLIC-CHRISTIAN slut. She has NOTHING to do with Muslims. She should not wear the headscarf.

    • 5thDrawer

      Weren’t you the yappy dog in ‘Wizard of Oz’ ??

      • Maborlz Ez-Hari

        Still is