Looking through movie news, I found an article about an actress on a TV show here in the UK who has been axed because she had an OnlyFans account. Sarah Jayne Dunn is a star in Hollyoaks, a long-running soap-opera on Channel 4, a large UK TV network. She also played Sal Maroni’s squeeze in The Dark Knight.
This past week, Channel 4 confirmed that they had failed to reach a resolution about Dunn opening an OnlyFans account, stating she would be leaving the series. Dunn had played Mandy Richards on the show, on and off, since 1995.
As you probably know, OnlyFans is a site to sell shared content. Most of it is pornographic images. For a monthly fee, you can follow certain people and see images and videos of them, usually with no clothes on and not covering up their naughty bits.
Dunn had done photo shoots for ‘lads mags’ in her early career and had thought through her decision about selling images via OnlyFans, stating:
“This is a decision I’ve thought long and hard about, not one I’ve taken lightly or on a whim, it’s about taking back control, about empowerment and confidence and having full power over my choices.”
Channel 4 claimed that Dunn’s OnlyFans account posed a problem as Hollyoaks is a youth-facing drama with many young viewers. Channel 4 issued a statement:
“We take our responsibility to our young audience very seriously and therefore the show does not allow any Hollyoaks cast members to be active on certain 18+ websites. We had hoped we could reach a resolution with Sarah that would allow her to remain in her role as Mandy, but we respect her choice to continue to produce content on OnlyFans.”
In a recent interview, Dunn defended her photographs from her OnlyFans account, arguing they were no more explicit than the images publishes in the annual Hollyoaks calendar. The calendar, which has not been officially published now since 2012, showed some of the cast members in tastefully topless or in their underwear. Dunn went on to say:
“For me this is about having the right as a woman of 40 years old to decide what is right for me. I love photoshoots and I’ve worked hard for my figure. I don’t make a secret of the fact that I get a big boost out of it, and I’m not apologetic for that.”
As I read about this, I thought about Ewan McGregor. I watched Trainspotting again recently, which is not a movie for kids; drugs, underage sex, and swearing all the way through. There is one scene where McGregor’s character stands naked and pulls a used condom off his cock, after a sex scene with an underage young girl. I should say that the underage girl, Kelly McDonald, was portraying a youngster, she was actually aged 20 at the time of filming.
It got me thinking about how McGregor later played Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequels. Star Wars is a family adventure, generally, you could say aimed at kids with the exception of the Anakin in the lava. Now, if a young person had looked up Obi-Wan and found Ewan McGregor, it wouldn’t take much digging to find images of him from Trainspotting, if they looked hard enough. The images are freely available and not via some ‘pay per view’ sites either.
Was it irresponsible for George Lucas to cast McGregor, since he was very well known for Trainspotting? Do filming makers have a responsibility to cast people who haven’t done, things like nude scenes, before casting them in a family-friendly movie or TV show? Do then, people who have done family-friendly shows, have a responsibility about what they do in their later careers?
Elizabeth Berkley, known for Saved By The Bell, went on to make Showgirls. Saved By The Bell was a kids program, so maybe many young girls and boys wanted then see Showgirls, which would have really helped them into puberty.
What are your thoughts? Was Channel 4 right in removing Sarah Jayne Dunn from their family-friendly show, because she opened an OnlyFans account? Or does the buck stop with the parents of children and what they are allowed or not allowed to view at home? A new moral panic? Tell us what you think at Last Movie Outpost.