He’s not a fan.
Earlier this week, Bella Thorne bragged to the LA Times that she was working with “The Florida Project” director Sean Baker on a movie about her experience of joining the Web site OnlyFans.
But Baker said on Friday that it wasn’t true.
“I would like to make it clear that the news of me making a film (documentary or fiction narrative) about Onlyfans and using Bella Thorne as research is false,” Baker said in a statement. “I’m NOT attached to this project.”
Thorne said she’d made a record $2 million when she joined the site, which is similar to Instagram, but allows adult performers to charge people to see their feeds. Celebrities including Thorne and Cardi B have also begun to join the site as it has become more popular, but they’re posting “safe-for-work” images instead.
Baker continued, “Earlier this month I had a conversation with Ms. Thorne and discussed a possible collaboration in the far future that would focus on her life and the circumstances leading to her joining OnlyFans. On that call, I advised her team to consult with sex workers and address the way she went about this as to NOT hurt the sex work industry. This has been the extent of my involvement.”
Thorne had told the LA Times on Tuesday, “It’s a feature we are researching as I’m living it currently.” She added, “What does a platform like this do to its users? What’s the connective material between your life and your life inside the world of OnlyFans? … How can it change your life for the worse and the better? How far are you willing to go, and how far do you want to go? You can be me, or this talented girl from Montana, and OnlyFans could change your life — if you want it to, of course.”
Thorne has drawn scorn from sex workers who believe she is hijacking the site. “What I’m not about is [celebrities] treating it like some fun science experiment, with the audacity to claim they’re just trying to get the full experience,” tweeted Savannah Solo, who has a channel on the site.
“Tangerine” director Baker, continued in his statement that he supports sex workers. “I am an ally and have literally devoted my career to tell stories that remove stigma and normalize lifestyles that are under attack,” he said. “I would never do anything that could possibly hurt the community. So please know that this news is not correct. Thank you.”