Mia Khalifa Ditched Her Famous Glasses Because Kids Who Looked Like Her Kept Getting Sexualised
TikTok is rallying behind Mia Khalifa after she shared the “crushing” guilt she feels that little girls are sexualised “just for looking like me”.
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If you are a woman, especially a woman of colour, who has worn black-rimmed glasses at all in the last seven years, chances are you’ve heard the words “you look like Mia Khalifa” more than once.
Sadly Mia Khalifa, former pornstar turned sports commentator, is aware of this and the impact it has had on young girls — and has emotionally shared that this is why she’s ditched her notable black frames in a viral TikTok.
In line with the ‘You Were Only Seventeen’ TikTok trend that uses Cage The Elephant’s song ‘Cigarette Daydreams’ to help people share stories where they were forced to grow up quickly often after being sexualised from a young age, @oreo_mlkshake shared her experience growing up and wearing glasses.
“I can’t wear glasses because the high school boys kept saying I look like Mia Khalifa and it makes me uncomfortable,” @oreo_mlkshake said before sharing that she was only 13 when it happened.
In response, Mia Khalifa sobbed as she duetted the TikTok and apologised to @oreo_mlkshake in her caption: “I’m so sorry. I don’t wear them anymore for this reason.”
In August of 2020, Mia Khalifa actually auctioned off her “infamous Mia Khalifa glasses” for a reported $100,000 USD with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the Lebanese Red Cross following the devasting Beirut explosion as her way of giving back.
But while Khalifa’s comments were flooded with people telling the former adult entertainer that it was never her fault, Mia Khalifa continued to shared her regret, adding that the sexualisation of young women “breaks my heart for so many girls”.
“I’m so so so so sorry. I don’t wear them anymore either because this breaks my heart for so many girls,” Khalifa added.
“No you don’t understand. This wasn’t ever your fault,” @oreo_mlkshake responded. “You’re an inspiring woman. We all love you, Mia.”
“Thank you. I know that deep down, but the guilt is crushing,” Khalifa continued on her Instagram Story in response to everyone reassuring her that it’s not her fault in any way. “I wish I could protect every little girl from the male gaze. I know how I feel when men harass me in public, it kills me that other girls get the same abuse just for looking like me.”
“I’m simply heartbroken over the thousands of young girls whose innocence has been stolen by being objectified and sexualised by men because they look like me. I’m sorry,” she continued on Twitter.
But as Mia Khalifa’s video went viral with 37 million views in just two days, women around the world put their black-rimmed glasses back on to prove to Khalifa that she has nothing to feel guilty for as the only people at fault are the men who sexualised young girls for wearing glasses.
“Oh my God, I love you guys so much… I don’t even know what to say, this is so beautiful,” Khalifa said in response. “Y’all keep my head above water constantly, and always right when I start to feel like it’s too much to deal with. I love you so much.”
Mia Khalifa has been very vocal about her negative experience in the porn industry, and last year 1.8 million people rallied behind Khalifa as she tried to have her porn scrubbed from the internet during the #JusticeForMia movement.
Despite only doing porn for three months, Khalifa shared that those three months were the “lowest, most toxic” of her entire life, and that her videos continue to haunt her to this day.
In the time since her porn career ended, Khalifa has posted a number of videos and tweets that touch on the real mental and financial impacts the porn industry left her with, and often urges young women to not fall into the same trap she did.
Mia Khalifa Cries As She Apologizes To Young Girl That’s Teased For Looking Like Her
Tik Tok trends come and go, some are funny, weird, or just plain stupid. But then there are Tik Tok trends that are actually making a difference. There’s a new Tik Tok trend where users are sharing their stories of times they were sexualized at a young age or forced to grow up quickly. The videos are set to the Cage The Elephant song “Cigarette Dreams” with the lyrics “Cigarette daydreams, you were only 17.”
One video that’s gone viral is from the Tik Tok user @oreo_mlkshake who stated:
“I can’t wear my glasses because the high school boys keep saying I look like Mia Khalifa with them, and it makes me uncomfortable.”
Mia Khalifa is the former El Pasoan who became famous after starring in porn videos. Since then, she has quit the adult industry and has focused her career on other aspects of the entertainment industry including guest commentary, writing, modeling, and more. The video has been viewed almost 10 million times and it even caught the attention of Mia Khalifa herself, who dueted with the girl to share a video of herself crying while watching the first video. She apologized in the caption of her video, saying she doesn’t “wear them anymore for this reason.”
Khalifa’s video has been viewed over 39 million times and the @oreo_mlkshake responded telling Khalifa:
“No you don’t understand. This wasn’t ever your fault. You’re an inspiring woman. We all love you Mia.”
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Many commenters agreed, putting the blame on the men who thought it was ok to sexualize a 13-year-old girl over something as ordinary as a pair of reading glasses. The original glasses Khalifa wore in the films she auctioned off for charity.
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Mia Khalifa apologizes in TikTok to girl who said she was compared to the porn star at age 13
Mia Khalifa apologized after a TikToker touched on the troubles she faced as a child because people thought she looked like the ex-porn star. But viewers are placing the blame squarely on men and society.
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TikToker @oreo_mlkshake’s video explaining that, at 13 years old, she had to stop wearing her glasses because high school boys made her “uncomfortable” with their comparisons to Khalifa racked up over 5 million views since being posted at the end of June.
Khalifa’s glasses were her trademark look during her brief stint in pornography, to the extent that they actually sold for over $100,000 in a charity fundraiser in 2020. Her Instagram bio currently reads: “Are you even a brown girl with glasses if you haven’t been called Mia Khalifa?”
But despite coming across as somewhat glib with that joke, the idea of a young teen being objectified by older guys who think they see a resemblance to Khalifa doesn’t sit well with the her.
She shared @oreo_mlkshake’s video to her own page in a duet that saw Khalifa crying over the content.
“I’m so sorry,” she captioned the duet. “I don’t wear them anymore for this reason.”
Viewers expressed their sympathy for both women, reminding Khalifa that the actions of others are not her fault.
“It’s men objectifying children and women [that are] the problem,” wrote @notmedicated. “I hurt for the both of you.”
“This breaks my heart for you and the girls that have to hear this. But I promise it’s not your fault, it’s just ppl,” another user agreed.
Khalifa also commented with an apology on @oreo_mlkshake’s original video, to which the TikToker responded in the same manner as everyone else: “No you don’t understand. This wasn’t ever your fault. You’re an inspiring woman.”
Prior to Khalifa catching wind of her video, @oreo_mlkshake posted a follow-up hitting back at commenters who derided her for being traumatized by the comparison.
“The funny thing is, any time I bring up the fact that I started being compared to Mia Khalifa at 13 years old, and how it made me uncomfortable and it made me feel sexualized, it’s always men and boys that try to convince me and try to tell me that I’m being too dramatic, that it was just a joke,” she said. “Every time that I try to explain to them that sexualizing a young person is not okay and it’s damaging to that person and to the person that is being allowed to do it, how it feeds into pedophilia in our society, they don’t care.”
“But these kinds of jokes are predecessors to people actually taking action,” she continued. “Because it started out as a joke, but I’ve been followed, I’ve had people take pictures of me without my consent, and I’ve had people approach me and harass me and demand my number, because, according to them, I look like their favorite porn star. Because at 13 years old, listening to what boys say they would do to her body and then have them call me by her name was severely uncomfortable and severely inappropriate.”
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