The adult film star spent much of the weekend arguing online with those who support Israel, with many of her critics calling for her sponsors and partners to stop doing business with Khalifa.
And today, Playboy did just that.
The adult website and former magazine founded by Hugh Hefner sent a letter to its creators today announcing that it had booted Mia Khalifa from its platform over her pro-Hamas comments:
“Dear Creator Community,
We are writing today to let you know of our decision to terminate Playboy’s relationship with Mia Khalifa, including deleting Mia’s Playboy channel on our creator platform.
Over the past few days, Mia has made disgusting and reprehensible comments celebrating Hamas’ attacks on Israel and the murder of innocent men, women and children. At Playboy, we encourage free expression and constructive political debate, but we have a zero tolerance policy for hate speech.
We expect Mia to understand that her words and actions have consequences. We included the letter we shared with Mia below.
The Playboy Team”
In their letter to Mia, Playboy reiterated that her comments crossed the line from free speech and supported the murder of innocent citizens in Israel.
Playboy has always been a champion of free speech. We have fought in the courts for the rights of all people to speak free from any governmental interference. For seventy years we have highlighted different viewpoints in the pages of our magazine, on our websites, in the symposia that we’ve hosted, and from the thought-leaders, creators and artists who we’ve platformed on our various forms of media.
We also have no place in our company nor on our platforms for speech that is hateful and dehumanizing. Your recent statements celebrating Hamas’ attacks on innocent men, women and children in Israel, including rape, mutilation, killing and torture, are disgusting and reprehensible. Consequently, we are hereby permanently terminating you from the Playboy creator platform and ending all other business dealings we may have with you.
We want to be very clear: we respect your right to free speech. We also expect that you understand that how you use your speech has consequences. Today, we are calling you out on your hate-mongering and severing all ties with you. We will also be letting our creator community know of our decision.