Posted on | May 25, 2014 | 76 Comments
She was a straight-A student and then she decided it would be smart to get an F on camera, so to speak:
A 19-year-old college student committed suicide just two weeks after making her first pornographic video.
Alyssa Funke, who starred in her first porn film earlier his year for a website called CastingCouch-X, used a shotgun to kill herself on April 16.
The teen, who adopted the stage name “Stella Ann,” was a straight-A student at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She told the pornographers, “I want to be a major in biology, minor in chemistry, and I want to be an anesthesiologist.”
It is widely thought she killed herself after former classmates at her high school in Stillwater, Minnesota, taunted her through Twitter and Facebook. Police say their investigation, which is still ongoing, has not yet found any criminal harassment.
Funke’s parents say that she suffered from periodic depression. Local media report that the young lady’s father has a record for swindling and theft, and her mother dealt drugs with a boyfriend. Funke’s mother also neglected the family’s younger siblings. Eventually, Funke moved in with her grandmother as a young teenager, though she still struggled with money.
Former pornstars told LifeSiteNews that troubled childhoods and deep depression — before or after a shoot — is not out of the ordinary in that industry.
Madyson Marquette, whose porn film name was Fayth Deluca, told LifeSiteNews that “after shooting porn, it seemed as if all the girls were depressed, including myself. We would shoot a scene and immediately after we would go do something to where we wouldn’t have to think about what we had just done, whether that was getting so drunk we just blacked out, some type of drug like Xanax, cocaine, or ecstasy.”
The mainstream media are taking the angle that Alyssa was a victim of “cyberbullying,” rather than a victim of the porn industry, but hello? It’s 2014 and it’s time for people to wake the hell up: If you do porn, it’s going to be on the Internet, and if it’s on the Internet, everybody’s going to see it. There is no way you can have a “secret” porn career in the Internet age, so if you’re going to do porn, just get used to the idea that your high school friends (and your high school enemies) are going to find out about it. Your parents, your teachers, your brothers and sisters, your aunts and uncles, grandma and grandpa — everybody you know is going to see what you do, got it?
If that doesn’t bother you, OK. But if you don’t think you can handle the reaction, maybe you shouldn’t be doing porn.
Of course, America’s Feminist Teen Porn Princess, Miriam Weeks (a/k/a “Belle Knox”) disavows any responsibility:
I have read the criticism that because I have said I feel “empowered” by porn that I am somehow encouraging other young women to go down this same path. Absolutely not. . . .
I do not think pornography caused your death. But I think society’s reaction to pornography did.
It’s time that we end slut shaming and treat sex workers with respect and tolerance. How many more people need to die before we realize that the hatred needs to end?
Right. Let’s blame “society” and give us a Women’s Studies lecture about the need to have “respect and tolerance” for whores. But you cannot wish away the shame of what is, objectively, shameful. And feminist lectures can’t raise a dead girl from the grave.