Lebanese Adult Actress Mia Khalifa receives Death Threats

A 21-year-old Arab adult actress is receiving death threats because she portrayed a Muslim girl wearing hijab in one of her pornographic films.

Khalifa entered the pornographic film industry in October 2014. She had been working at a Whataburger when she was approached by a customer who asked if she had ever considered appearing in pornographic films. With more than 1.5 million views, the 22-year-old Khalifa became the most searched-for performer on the adult video sharing website Pornhub. On December 28 that year, Pornhub revealed that she was the No. 1 ranked performer on their website.

A dispute that began between Mia Khalifa, of Florida, and her parents has exploded onto the international stage after Arab news outlets published a family statement denouncing their daughter’s lifestyle.

“No one in my family is speaking to me,” she lamented to Newsweek in a recent interview, but was only the beginning.

She received online death threats after she ranked No. 1 on Pornhub, including a manipulated image of a Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant executioner preparing to behead her, and a message warning her that she would go to Hell, to which she replied “I’ve been meaning to get a little tan recently”. Lebanese newspapers wrote articles critical of Khalifa, which she considered trivial due to other events in the region.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Khalifa said the controversial scene was satirical and should be taken as such, claiming that Hollywood films depicted Muslims in a far more negative light than any pornographer could.

"The abundant eroticism from which Mia profits comes from the idea of 'conquering' the mysterious, strange, different, exotic brown woman. Accessing these brown women is the dominant white man's fantasy and ultimate exertion of power."

“The abundant eroticism from which Mia profits comes from the idea of ‘conquering’ the mysterious, strange, different, exotic brown woman. Accessing these brown women is the dominant white man’s fantasy and ultimate exertion of power.”

The Lebanese-born Khalifa, not her real name, has become a lightning rod as videos showing her performing sex acts while wearing traditional Muslim garments have begun circulating around an audience previously unaware of her chosen career. She is now one of the world’s most followed porn star according to PornHub. Because of the hijab-related controversy, she was ranked No. 5 in a list of “The world’s 10 most notorious porn stars” by British men’s magazine Loaded.

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She has a tattoo of the opening line of the Lebanese National Anthem, and another of the Lebanese Forces Cross. She got the latter in 2012 after a bombing in Lebanon, stating it was to “show solidarity with my father’s political views.”

Her one tattoo bears the opening lines to the Lebanese national anthem – infuriated those back in her motherland Lebanon. Another is of the Lebanese Forces Cross. Her father was once a special forces fighter, she told Newsweek she got the tattoo “to show him, ‘I’m on your side.'”

Her family is Catholic and she was raised in that religion, although is no longer practicing.

But she seems mostly uninterested in what is happening there, half a world away.


One person asked her on Twitter how to achieve peace in the Middle East.

“Stop talking about porn stars that aren’t living in your country,” she fired back.

Khalifa has also said that her parents have stopped speaking to her because of her career choice. Mia Khalifa was born on February 10, 1993, in Beirut, Lebanon and moved with her family to the United States in 2000. Her family is Catholic and she was raised in that religion, although is no longer practicing. In a statement, her parents disassociated themselves from her actions, saying that her decision to enter the porn industry was born of her residence in a foreign country which had a different culture than theirs, and that her actions did not reflect her upbringing. They also said that they hoped that she would leave pornography, saying that her image did not honor her family or her home country.

An online petition called for Khalifa to be appointed by President Donald Trump as the next United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

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