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Mia Khalifa Apologized To A TikToker Who Said She Was Often Compared To Her When She Wore Glasses, And It's Heartbreaking

"I know how I feel when men harass me in public, it kills me that other girls get the same abuse just for looking like me."

If you've scrolled through TikTok recently, you may have noticed a new trend set to the lyrics of Cage the Elephant's song "Cigarette Daydreams." As the lyrics, "Cigarette daydreams/You were only 17" play in the background of their videos, participating teens share a story about a time in their lives when they were either sexualized at a young age, or put in a situation where they were forced to grow up quickly.

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One viral example was by user @oreo_mlkshake, who shared, "I can't wear my glasses because the high school boys keep saying I look like Mia Khalifa with them, and it makes me uncomfortable."

She was only 13 at the time, @oreo_mlkshake concluded in the video, which has since been viewed over 8.5 million times.

The massively viral clip caught many people's attention, including Mia Khalifa herself. The media personality, who formerly worked as a pornographic actor, dueted @oreo_mlkshake and cried while watching the young girl's story play out.


#duet with @oreo_mlkshake I’m so sorry. I don’t wear them anymore for this reason.

♬ c i g a r e t t e d a y d r e a m s - ᴀᴜᴅɪᴏs ☠︎︎

"I'm so sorry," Mia captioned her video. "I don't wear them anymore for this reason."

TikTok: @miakhalifa / Via

Mia previously auctioned the glasses she wore during her three-month porn career in an effort to raise money for Lebanon's Red Cross after the explosion in Beirut. They sold for about $100,000.

THE AUCTION IS LIVE, for good this time (thank you to eBay and LRC for your help!) HAPPY BIDDING, YA FILTHY ANIMALS!!

Twitter: @miakhalifa / Via Twitter: @miakhalifa

Commenters under Mia's video sympathized with the 28-year-old, who has publicly expressed regret for her time in the porn industry and often speaks out against it. "It's not your fault," the comments say, one after another.

One person said, "don't feel bad, it's not your fault!! I know you are strong I hope you feel better :(
TikTok: @miakhalifa / Via

"No you don't understand," @oreo_mlkshake told Mia after she apologized. "This wasn't ever your fault. You're an inspiring woman. We all love you Mia."

TikTok: @oreo_mlkshake / Via

Many agree, believing the blame is not on Mia for simply working a job, but on the men who sexualized a 13-year-old girl, instead.

TikTok: @oreo_mlkshake / Via

"Thank you. I know that deep down, but the guilt is crushing," Mia said on her Instagram Story in response to the well wishes and assurance. "I wish I could protect every little girl from the male gaze. I know how I feel when men harass me in public, it kills me that other girls get the same abuse just for looking like me."

We have reached out to @oreo_mlkshake for comment. We'll update you when we hear back.

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