Mia Khalifa shares DM from the guy behind net neutrality vote
Since the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to repeal net neutrality on Thursday, thousands of people have taken to social media platforms in order to express their concern over the reversal of the Obama era regulation.
One of the loudest voices in the debate has been Mia Khalifa, who caused a bit of a stir at the end of last week by lashing out at Ajit Pai, the FCC's anti-net neutrality chairman. In a rather aggressive tweet, the ex-porn star took aim at Pai, and left no uncertainties about which side of the issue she stood on:
"Kill yourself, @AjitPaiFCC. Before someone trying to run a dungeon on WoW and can’t access their server does it for you," she wrote.
After getting a message like that, most people would almost certainly steer clear of the person who wrote it. Pai, however, does not seem to be one for going along with what the masses would probably agree is the right decision, and instead supposedly did the complete opposite.
The 44-year-old Republican attorney saw Khalifa's very direct "kill yourself" message, and somehow appeared to think that he could win her over by sliding into the DMs. Unsurprisingly, it didn't go well.
In an Instagram post, Khalifa shared an apparent screenshot of her brief, albeit brilliant, interaction with the FCC chairman.
Unfortunately, Khalifa took the post down just a matter of minutes after she had posted it, and has not offered any further comments about the conversation on Twitter. Pai, too, has neglected to say anything on the matter, and has instead spent the last few days continuing to tweet about net neutrality.
Khalifa's outrage at the decision to end the regulations - and her subsequent snubbing of the chairman - is not entirely unjustified, as many people are appalled that the decision has been allowed to go through.
Net neutrality regulations were in place in order to make sure that companies did not have control over internet speeds. It also stopped providers from being able to decide which sites its users should be able to visit or not. In other words, it prevented businesses from holding internet usage at ransom from its customers.
Because of this, Khalifa - along with millions of others - saw this as an infringement on her freedom to say and do what she chooses to on the internet. Hence her initial outrage at Pai's executive decision to lead the campaign against net neutrality.
Whether or not the post was genuine is up for discussion, but, given Pai's former (and unsuccessful) attempts to win favor from supporters of net neutrality, it doesn't seem too far-fetched.
In the recent past, the FCC chairman has read out mean tweets about himself, become the butt of every twitter comedian's jokes, and made a super cringe-worthy commercial about all the things people will still be able to do once net neutrality has been repealed.
Needless to say, Khalifa is definitely against the repeal, and Pai is clearly willing to stoop very low in order to win the approval of those who currently oppose his stance - so the Twitter exchange is more than plausible.