Former Big Brother star Skye Wheatley has been called out for shaming women who make a living from OnlyFans.
Wheatley, 28, who is credited as one of Australia’s first influencers, made rude and judgmental comments about online sex workers in a recent YouTube video.
She said she was “angry” that some women in her industry are making good money by filming themselves engaging in sexual acts.
Wheatley, on the other hand, prides herself on being a more traditional influencer who makes a living endorsing brands on Instagram.
She made the divisive remarks while speaking to her influencer, Michael Finch.
“Sorry, let me get my dildo out and fuck me on OnlyFans,” said Wheatley, whose Instagram account features suggestive lingerie and bikini content but nothing nudity or X-rated.
“I like making my money by approving a product and loving a product organically and sharing it with my audience rather than fucking myself with a fucking dildo and making money,” she continued.
Reality stars and influencers who have found success on OnlyFans include Married At First Sight’s Jessika Power and Hayley Vernon, and TikToker’s Anna Paul.
Wheatley went on to say that OnlyFans is responsible for “marriage terminations.”
“You know how many girls go through their boyfriend’s phone and see they’re secretly subscribed to a girl’s OnlyFans? That’s exactly the end of a marriage. It’s really ridiculous!’ She said.
Her tirade was discussed on this week’s Outspoken podcast, which documents the lives of Australian influencers and the social media marketing space.
The podcast’s hosts, triplets Amy, Sophie and Kate Taeuber, noted that Wheatley’s view is shared by many of the other influencers who broke through the early days of Instagram.
“It seems like there are these two groups of influencers now, with the OG groups thinking they’re ‘better’,” said one of the sisters.
“It just sounded like she was upset that she’s either not making as much money as the developers of OnlyFans and has to deal with product promotion,” added another.
“Or it seems like maybe someone in their life watched this content and created drama for someone else.”
The Taeubers also pointed out that Finch did not appear to take issue with Wheatley’s comments, simply saying, “Freedom of speech. freedom of speech…’
“I think what Skye said is extremely condescending and offensive,” said one of the sisters.
“I almost have a feeling… she seemed offended about something. I mean, she kept talking about how OnlyFans creators ruin marriages.
“I think it’s very unfair to do this to someone who does sex work. It is actually the person’s husband who is looking for this content.’
While the sisters seemed unfazed by Wheatley’s statements, the trio said it was interesting to see how OnlyFans divided influencers into two rival camps.
“It’s interesting that these two camps of influencers are forming,” said one host.
“I want to know how this is going to play out in the future because there’s this mysterious nature of OnlyFans that isn’t really talked about because you can’t even say OnlyFans on Instagram without the content being labeled.”
The sisters then suggested that some older influencers were “jealous” of their younger peers, such as OnlyFans star Anna Paul, who has a net worth of about $10 million thanks in part to her popularity on the adult site.
“There are a lot of these influencers who are getting a little bit older and probably feeling a little bit more irrelevant,” said one of the Taeubers.