The following is a statement in regards to the accusations and allegations made towards me that have been publicly going on on Instagram. I want to be clear that this is the last and only time I will talk about any of this, as I am moving forward in my life. There have been rumors circulating that I am racist, transphobic and homophobic, as well as concerns regarding the takeover models. I will not be pointing or singling anybody out, as that goes against my character and what I stand for. I could never in my right mind publicly shame, attack, harass or bully someone, and I refuse to do that. Especially when I know people, especially those in our community, suffer from mental health and trauma in their past. The last thing I want to do is cause someone more pain, hate, anger, sadness and grief. At first I began to defend myself online, but no matter what I said or did, even when people demanded it, I was harassed and saw others being harassed within the comments. I do not condone hate or violence whatsoever. My anxiety was at an all time high and my PTSD was triggered, bringing me back to the days in middle school and high school when I was in and out of institutions for my mental health, which then led to a lot of bullying. I could care less if you try and say I am playing the victim because I am not a victim, I am a survivor. And this is my truth and my story.
When I saw that someone had made an Instagram dedicated to hating me with a profile picture of my face that they had drawn all over, as well as a podcast, I felt pressured into making some sort of response or apology. When I made the apology video, I knew the words coming out of my mouth felt forced and insincere, yet I felt pressured into making some sort of statement ASAP. I could see how people thought I was being biased when it came to the takeover models, and how no women of color were being represented. This was something I had been aware of and concerned about prior to this. When we first decided to do take over models, we agreed that the fairest way was to do it in a first come first serve order. That way we weren't being selective or biased and had a system in place to keep things fair - regardless of followers, body type, skin color, gender identity, looks, etc. We simply scheduled models in the order of how we received requests. The takeovers have been going on for under two months, and it just happened to be majority of white women/femmes who had requested first.
I take full responsibility for the lack of diversity shown within Problematik Productions up to this point. I apologize that I did not take a more active role when it came to the takeover scheduling, and that I had let someone else do all the VIP takeover schedules. I designed Problematik with the intention of creating a platform that is inclusive of all races, body types, and genders, and I’m disappointed that that has not been what has been portrayed within our first few months as a company. I assure you that this will change, and I can’t wait to show you all the amazingly diverse and beautiful talent we are going to have working with us. When we scheduled the takeover models, every model knew that Problematik was a new company, and that we were barely off the ground, so in exchange for doing a takeover we agreed to give them as much exposure and publicity as possible. This was discussed with every model long before they agreed to do a takeover. They also knew that our members had already paid us and therefore were more likely to pay them for their own content or VIP membership, however this was not guaranteed. I wasn't planning on doing takeovers so soon, but so many people were reaching out, so I figured let's do a trial period and see how it goes. And this has definitely been a trial period as well as a learning experience! I was really pleased to learn that some takeover models profited greatly off their takeover, but disheartened to learn that others did not. I personally have done dozens of takeovers for bigger companies, mainly for exposure and promotional purposes, and I remember profiting off some and not at all from others. So I know what that feeling is like to put your heart and energy into something, only to have it not pay off. I know that feeling of being on webcam for 4 hours and not making a dime, and it’s a terrible experience! It saddens me that some takeover models truly believe I did this for exploitative purposes, when I know my intentions were pure and wanted to help them in any way I could. After concerns were voiced, I listened and felt that there were very valid points being made. After all, I don't want to be like every other company, I want to be the one giving more profit and rights to models- that has been my goal from the very start! And I will never give up on working towards achieving that goal! I went back and reached out to every single takeover model from July and August, and offered them 20$ per take-over. Now, I know that may not seem like much, but it adds up quick, which is why it was all I could offer. After the end of August we will no longer be doing takeovers for a few months, and start saving money so we can pay each model much more per model in the future. However, this will limit us to only 3 or 4 takeover models per month.The benefit of less takeovers though, is that I can really really hype and promote them! After asking our paying members their thoughts on this; the majority of our subscribers agreed that they would prefer to only have 3 or 4 takeover models a month, instead of 10-14. I wish I could offer more money to all the models who have already done takeovers, but as I said, this is a brand new company and we have a lot of expenses - equipment, lawyer fees, copyright fees (so if someone steals your content you can sue them) and more. I know a lot of you said you want to continue doing takeovers, and that it's not about the money, but I would prefer to remain as fair as possible.
A concern has been voiced about the takeovers regarding consent and saving content. I had originally intended to save some of the snaps from takeovers, make a compilation for Twitter, have the model approve the video, and use that as another marketing tool to promote the models. Every takeover model had the choice of being on Twitter or not. Some of those compilations, that have been approved by the models, still exist on the Problematik Twitter. Other than that, I have zero content saved from any takeovers. None. Point blank. I would never, under any circumstance, post or save any content whatsoever without the model’s express consent. Period. In regards to the “day passes” that have been brought up, yes this was an idea voiced in reference to takeovers. VIP Takeover femmes would be able to sell day passes to their takeovers to their followers and receive all the money. It was a way to add income to the models for their takeover. I NEVER discussed selling passes to past content or to rebroadcast takeovers. That defeats the sole purpose of Snapchat! This was, and still is, going to be considered as an option when we started takeovers back up again in a few months. Consent is the number one concern of any sex worker and I would not ever violate that.
know that I am not racist, transphobic or homophobic, and the people closest to me know that as well. I was raised to be extremely open minded and grew in a town that is a celebrated LGBTQIA+ destination. I love the town I live in and how free spirited everyone is. Abbie Hoffman died at my farm and his life was a huge influence on me growing up, his closest friends and relatives have strongly influenced me, and my godmother today was Abbie's wife. She has instilled upon me some of the most important life lessons I have ever received. I'm at a point in my life where I have done a lot of growing, soul-searching and have overcome a lot; it's important that I surround myself with positive people. At times I have had to distance myself from negative people, and am still working on in person confrontation.
In all of the allegations against me, I have yet to see proof of me bullying or attacking anyone, or saying anything derogatory. While I don’t mean to belittle claims of abuse against women and femmes (especially since that is a huge problem within our society), I am simply stating that these rumors are out of control with nothing backing them up. Proof of these claims simply does not exist because I am not that person. I have heard rumors that I have an escort ad up where I say I don't see African Americans; yet I haven't used advertisements for a while now, since I get all my clientele through social media and my own website. When asked to see what advertisement these people were referring to, they never showed proof. (If you have seen these, please send them to me! I would hate for anyone to be responding to fake ads from someone pretending to be me!!!) I also have no way of knowing what someone’s race is when they contact me, as they contact me through email and I never ask what someone looks like. I see anybody as long as they are kind and respectful. Those are my only requirements. Period.
There is a lot of hate in the world right now - there always has been and it is getting worse and worse by the day. We, as a marginalized community of both femmes and sex workers, need to be banding together instead of splitting apart. Femme on femme hate is not what we should be doing, we should be working to empower each other and learn from each other. Calling people out IS important, but so is acknowledging that growth, change, and education are all possible through communication. We aren’t going to become better people and learn from each other by fighting within Instagram comments, we are going to do this through rational one on one disagreements and conversations.
I know that one point that has been brought up has been my formerly minimal knowledge of the LGBTQIA+ community. As a queer woman I readily admit that this is true, and that I’m loving getting to educate myself every single day! Life is about learning and growing and changing - belittling about their lack of knowledge isn’t helpful, calling them out for the purpose of educating them is! It isn’t the job of POC or queer people to educate others but I am more thankful than I could ever express to those that HAVE taken the time to discuss these issues with me.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank everyone who has reached out with support, concerns, advice, anger, anything. As I stated in the beginning, this is the last time I will be publicly speaking about this. If you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me one on one! This has been an awful time but I am so excited to move forward with this platform and turn it into the inclusive, diverse place I have always intended it to be! This company has been years in the making and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!