Mia Khalifa says she is heading to North Korea 'to learn and see with my own eyes'

Mia Khalifa says she is heading to North Korea 'to learn and see with my own eyes'
Lebanese-American ex-porn star turned activist Mia Khalifa claims she's going to North Korea "to learn" but offers no details, sparking speculation
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21 February, 2024
Is Mia Khalifa heading to North Korea? -- June, Paris fashion week [Getty]

Mia Khalifa, a Lebanese-American former adult film actress turned activist, has said on X (formerly Twitter) that she is heading to North Korea.

"On my way to North Korea to learn and see with my own eyes", she posted on X early on February 21, in an apparent jibe at a pro-Israel celebrity Tiffany Haddish who said she is going to Israel to "learn about the politics".

Comedian Tiffany Haddish sparked controversy by sharing a video from a first-class flight to Israel, claiming she wants to see the ongoing conflict with Hamas "with her own eyes".

She mentioned Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea as planned destinations while seemingly unaware of Gaza's separate location outside Israel.

This drew criticism for being insensitive and undermining the conflict's seriousness

Many urged her to visit both sides, including Gaza, for a nuanced understanding. 

Khalifa, who garners millions of followers on her social media platforms, has gained attention in recent years after she waded into politics and social issues. 

She has also been expressing strong views in support of the Palestinian people during Israel's war on Gaza, earning her the ire of supporters of the Jewish state and its genocidal actions in the occupied Palestinian territories.

An Israeli drill song 'Harbu Darbu' that appears to include calls for the deaths of famous Arab and Muslim heritage women Mia Khalifa, Bella Hadid, Dua Lipa  has landed at the top of the charts in Israel.

The song, naming Albanian-British singer Dua Lipa, Lebanese-American social media influencer and former adult film actress Mia Khalifa, as well as Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid, means 'Raining hell on enemies'.

It goes on to call out the women along with the leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah.

"Nasrallah. Mohammed Deif. Haniyeh. Abu Baklawa. Bella Hadid. Dua Lipa. Mia Khalifa ... Every dog will get what’s coming to them."

"All the units in the IDF are in mode to thrust war and pain into your head," they rap. 

In October, US adult entertainment enterprise Playboy announced it had cut ties with Mia Khalifa for statements she made after Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel.

"Can someone please tell the freedom fighters in Palestine to flip their phones and film horizontally," she said on X as footage of the operation and its aftermath was being shared widely on social media.

Khalifa, who is Lebanese-American, has spoken out against past Israeli bombing offensives on the Gaza Strip.

She has also criticised the US for its financial backing of the Israeli military.

Despite the stunt by Mia, American celebrities have in the past indeed flown to the communist nation and adversary of the United States, such as former NBA star Dennis Rodman.

In recent weeks, another adult film star, Whitney Wright, made global headlines with a visit to Iran and the Middle East, where she also expressed solidarity with Gaza.