In a year that feels like it can’t get any weirder, it seems to always find a way to go over the top. Many were shocked earlier this week when Tyler Posey announced he now has an OnlyFans account.
The actor—best known as the star of the 2011 TV reboot of Teen Wolf—made the announcement on his Instagram page.
The video ends with Posey naked, playing a strategically placed guitar to entice fans to sign up.
Posey’s account charges $14.99 a month for access to his exclusive content, including behind the scenes footage of projects he’s working on, candid at-home clips and plenty of thirst traps.
That said, some have suggested you may be better off saving your money, and looking at the half naked pictures he posts on Instagram, since he hasn’t quite given everything away on the subscription site.
But that hasn’t stopped many fans excited for the opportunity.
God has heard my prayers https://t.co/W3JIzyD55n
— bseche (@bridget_seshh) September 29, 2020
Tyler posey is on onlyfans …
my mind is going places but my bank account said ✨no✨ pic.twitter.com/RCn3VwT3pV
— 💫 (@artsywa) September 28, 2020
Me waiting for y’all to leak tyler posey’s onlyfans pic.twitter.com/lCwbIrL7Sz
— doja cats fish shoe (@DojaFishShoes) September 28, 2020
Tyler Posey is on OnlyFans and I may have to subscribe… pic.twitter.com/LuehN3DsSG
— Hilary Buff ™ (@ItsHilaryBuff) September 28, 2020
Posey’s announcement drew a lot of fans, and a lot of criticism.
Specifically, many online compared it to the time Bella Thorne started an OnlyFans account and the ensuing controversy.
In August, Thorne started an OnlyFans account to research for an upcoming documentary “about the politics behind female body shaming and sex.” However, she was quickly criticized for stepping into a space where people have been having trouble making ends meet and upending the system.
It was claimed she scammed followers by advertising $200 for a “nude” photograph that wasn’t actually nude. After a lot of cancellations, OnlyFans changed its rules regarding pricing and payouts for every account owner.
Between the initial criticism for starting the account and the backlash the new site rules would bring for others, Thorne was called out.
She didn’t receive the reaction Posey got.
The way all y’all are so glad this happened but when Bella Thorne did this all y’all were pissed. It’s the hypocrisy for me🥴
— JAX (@7VEN918) September 28, 2020
The way yall are praising tyler posey for doing onlyfans but dragged bella thorne for joining…… Aint sittin right with me
— chris (@emotwink666) September 28, 2020
Idk how Tyler Posey saw everything with Bella Thorne and thought hm, maybe I should have an OnlyFans too 🤔
— You trade with French tips? (@okoyeslacefront) September 29, 2020
Before you get out the pitchforks in defense of the double standard for Thorne, you may want to hear this next part.
Thorne is involved in Posey’s OnlyFans.
To make matters all the more complicated, Bella Thorne is listed as the director for the photoshoots that Posey is posting. Indeed, in an Instagram story, Thorne linked to a post and teases that she “directed all his content.”
It may be best if famous actors just avoid these spaces altogether.
Or we could stop allowing rich / popular people who already have access to wealth to use these platforms, so those of us actually hustling to (survive) can use it
— ⚡RY⚡ (@TwinkAttack) September 28, 2020
when will rich celebrities stop joining only fans and taking the platform away from sex workers im so tired of this
— yuktha🧚🏻♂️ (@sunflouwervol) September 28, 2020
tyler posey made an onlyfans👀yeah he's hot asf but there's always sumn fishy about famous ppl making onlyfans pic.twitter.com/Qw8zwlzgjD
— THEGAVINSLUT• LOOKING FOR A NEW ERA (@THEGAVINSLUT1) September 27, 2020
On one hand, there was definitely a double standard in the reaction a woman received for starting an OnlyFans account, and the one a man received. On the other hand, both are rich celebrities making a lot of money in a space where content creators are struggling and—in the case of new rules implemented because of Thorne—made it even more difficult.
Perhaps if they want to entice fans with thirst traps, they can find a better way to do it.
And perhaps people online can recognize the additional vitriol they have for women over men when they take some of the same actions.