The next highly anticipated sex worker movie is nearly upon us. Releasing on September 13th, “Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.” IMDB
Hustlers movie: The cast and story
The film stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Cardi B, and is based on the true story of a group of strippers who start to embezzle money from stock traders and CEOs who visit their club.
Led by an ambitious single mother played by J-Lo, they lie, steal, and hustle dozens of wealthy men when the sex industry faces trouble during the late-2000s world financial crash. A journalist covering the story interviews one of the ringleaders to figure out where it all went wrong.
How do these movies effect those working in the sex industry?
Once again, fellow sex workers are talking about how they are being treated on social media. Censorship and shadow banning is continuing across platforms like Twitter and Instagram, where sex workers are constantly being silenced. There are algorithms in place to stop those who work in the sex industry from being seen online.
We saw this tweet getting a lot of love online:
Censorship was most recently highlighted when Netflix aired their series “Bonding“. This told the story of a New York City grad student moonlighting as a dominatrix, and enlists her gay best friend from high school to be her assistant. The kick in the teeth was that Netflix had obtained a verified Twitter account for the fictional lead character, Mistress May.
Hundreds of dominatrixes and other sex workers spoke about their own unfair treatment on social media, and the inaccurate portrayal of the job.
We had already seen advertising platforms such as Backpage shutdown amidst the signing of SESTA/FOSTA Act in 2018. This was one of the world’s biggest advertising sites for sex workers, and the closure forced people to return to unsafe street work. Having “job boards” such as this allowed workers to vet their clients efficiently and from a safe distance.
It is clear that Hollywood loves to make money from the stories of regular folk as they are inspired by everyday life. But at what price?
Many sex workers now on Twitter have noticed that explicit porn bots are flooding the replies of their tweets. Has Twitter created this as a means to annoy workers and force them off of the platform? Some dominatrixes and strippers have reported making complaints of around 20-30 accounts a day.
When Netflix tweet about “Bonding”, sex workers posted their advertising links in their replies. Is what’s happening on Twitter now a retaliation perhaps?
So what’s next? Will you be going to see Hustlers Movie? Do you intend to use your social media as a response to the release of this movie or something more? We look forward to reading your comments below.