"The imposter syndrome was REAL.”
Mia Khalifa surprisingly turned up at the Oxford Union to give a talk.
The Oxford Union is a prestigious debating society whose membership is drawn primarily from the University of Oxford.
Meanwhile, Mia has been in the UK enjoying her time in Whitstable in Kent.
She has now become the latest high-profile person to speak at the Oxford Union.
On Instagram, the union wrote: “Mia Khalifa was born and raised in Lebanon, moving to America in 2001.
“After almost a decade, Mia has transitioned to become a modern public figure and influencer, rated the number one emerging influencer of 2022 by Lefty.
“After speaking out a few years ago regarding her experience with contractual exploitation in the adult film industry, Khalifa has worked to educate women about the dangers of exploitation in the field and will be taking to the stage to talk about boundaries, both personal and professional.”
The content of her talk has not yet been made public but clips of her entering the venue to cheers have been going viral.
Mia also shared a video and wrote:
“Truly the biggest honour of my life, thank you so much for inviting me to speak with you.
“The imposter syndrome was REAL.”
The Oxford Union has become known for hosting prestigious speakers in the past, including former UK Prime Minister John Major, ex-cricketer Kumar Sangakarra and Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko.
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However, the announcement that Mia Khalifa would be a speaker did not go down well. Many posted negative comments on the union’s Instagram.
One wrote: “That’s an amazing example for our children: ‘How to get into Oxford Union as a speaker’.
“An impressive career path to become a world-class celebrity.
“Next, I’d recommend inviting Johnny Sins and then…Putin? – well done Oxford Union committee.”
Another posted: “Too posh to describe her as an ‘ex-pornstar’?”
A third wrote: “Next guest ‘some OnlyFans girl’.”
One user asked:
“What kind of lifestyle are pornstars influencing?”
Some defended her appearance, with one user posting:
“I am impressed and disgusted with the amount of judgmental comments in this feed.
“People make mistakes and make the wrong choices sometimes, it does not mean they are unworthy of respect and admiration.
“She too has a story, she too learned better she too tried better. She is honest, straightforward, genuine, and kinder than 90% of people on social media.
“And those with harsh comments could perhaps assess their own lives and path and above all contributions to society.”
Despite the criticism, those in attendance praised Mia Khalifa.
She replied: “Thank you so much for having me.”
Her talk is expected to be made public in the next week or so on the Oxford Union’s YouTube channel.