Saturday, March 15, 2014

Wikipedia is Promoting Duke University Prostitute/Porno Performer “Belle Knox’” (Miriam Weeks) Publicity Campaign Fake Encyclopedia is Censoring Her Entry, and Even Her Talk Page, in Order to Promote Her Media Manipulation


Prostitute and porno performer Miriam Weeks, alias “Belle Knox,” on CNN, as part of her successful, scorched earth publicity campaign

[Previously, by this writer:

“Wikipedia on Race: ‘World's Biggest Encylopedia’ Serves Up Propaganda.”]

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

To appreciate how twisted The Pretend Encyclopedia’s priorities are, Miriam Weeks, a prostitute/porno performer who was virtually unknown three weeks ago, prior to her launching her publicity campaign, now has a Wikipedia entry.

Belle Knox
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Belle Knox
Nationality American
Other names Lauren, Aurora[1]

Occupation Student, online pornography performer
Known for Duke student pornography scandal
Belle Knox is the screen name of an American Duke University student who became the subject of online harassment when it was revealed that she had performed in online pornography in order to help pay for her tuition at the school.[2][3] Knox is currently pursuing a major in women’s studies and sociology and has expressed interest in becoming a women’s rights or civil rights lawyer after completing her education.[4]

• 1 Online work
• 2 Discovery and harassment
• 3 Response
• 4 Political philosophy
• 5 References
• 6 External links

Online work

Knox chose the name "Belle" from Belle from Beauty and the Beast and the character of Belle from Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and the name "Knox" from Amanda Knox.[5] She decided to go into online pornography because she enjoyed sex and pornography,[4] but also because she had previously worked as a waitress and received less than $400 a month,[6] whereas she could make about $1200 per scene doing pornography.[5] Knox had tried to apply for government loans but was told that she was ineligible, and did not want to apply for regular student loans as she did not want to "strap her family with debt".[4] She began working in online pornography in November 2013, flying out to Los Angeles while on school breaks to perform in the films.[7]

Discovery and harassment

Knox's harassment began after a male Duke student recognized her from her online videos and revealed her identity to his fraternity brothers during a rush event.[8] (The student has also claimed that he had discovered Knox's online work after she confessed it to him while they were walking to class, upon which point she asked that he not tell anyone.[8]) Knox, who had been away on Christmas break, arrived back on campus and discovered that she had received several new Facebook friend requests.[9] She did not initially think anything of the requests until a fellow student had followed her on her online persona's Twitter account, at which point she realized that her online career had been discovered.[9] Shortly thereafter posts began to emerge on the anonymous college discussion board CollegiateACB under the thread title “Freshman Pornstar”.[8] Knox received threats of violence and death as well as harassing messages through via social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, with several individuals endorsing people raping or beating her.[8] Other posters also stated that they would like Duke University to expel Knox for her online activities.[8] Knox's personal information, which included her true identity, contact information, and location, was posted as well.[10]

Knox gave an interview to The Chronicle, in which she used the pseudonym "Lauren" in place of her real name and referred to her performing name as "Aurora" to avoid identifying herself at the time.[8] During the interview Knox expressed frustration over her treatment and stated that "I feel like girls at Duke have to hide their sexuality. We’re caught in this virgin-whore dichotomy".[8] She later posted similar sentiments in a blog posts on XoJane.[9] Knox later reported that she received an additional spike in harassment after posting her initial blog post through XoJane, which prompted her to release a second post where she revealed her pornography screen name.[11] She detailed some of the threats and messages she had received and commented that when reporting them to the police, expressed that she believed that the police had not taken them seriously enough.[10]


The Poynter Institute newspaper commented on the reception for Knox's story, stating that it "[presented] a lesson in crowd behavior" and noted that "While her critics were loud and destructive, advocating that people call her dad to let him know his daughter is a porn star, no one suggested a phone campaign to inform the mother of the frat boy who outed her that her son is watching porn."[12] A journalist for TIME expressed skepticism over Knox's comments stating that she viewed her pornography career as empowering and they opined that while slut shaming her was wrong, Knox "doesn’t know how to process her newfound fame" and that her decision "will likely haunt [her] for the rest of her college and professional career".[13] The Week also criticized Knox's statements, as they noted that the sex industry did not have a trade union and that male sexual desire would still dictate what a female performer would or wouldn't be able to do on camera.[14]

Thomas Bagley, the student who outed Knox, was offered $10,000 to perform in an X-rated film by Mike Kulich, who had previously offered Amanda Knox money to appear in a pornography film.[15] He told the Huffington Post, "There's a saying in porn: 'People j*** off with the left hand and point their finger with the right. I want people to know that porn stars have families and they're just trying to make a living. If you're enjoying their work, why ruin their lives?"[16]

A representative for Duke University has issued a statement saying that while they would not comment on specific cases, the college's community standard did not have any restrictions concerning off-campus employment.[17] Of Knox's allegations that campus police did not take the threats against her seriously, the representative went on to remark that "We are committed to protecting the privacy, safety and security of our students. Whenever we identify a student in need of support, we reach out to them and offer the many resources that we have available on campus to assist them".[17] Knox has been asked to speak in Duke classes about being a sex worker.[18]

Political philosophy

Knox is a College Republican[8] and considers herself a sex-positive feminist and libertarian. She believes her experiences are a testament to the rising costs of higher education in the United States.[7][19]


1. Jump up ^ "Duke porn star reveals face and film name on Playboy, xojane websites". News Observer. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
2. Jump up ^ Heck, Laura (5 March 2014). "Duke student reveals porn identity, responds to backlash". KTVU. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
3. Jump up ^ Kingkade, Tyler (4 March 2014). "Duke Porn Star Reveals Her Identity". Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
4. ^ Jump up to: a b c Dillon, Nancy. "Duke porn star Belle Knox says she wants to help sex workers after bankrolling law degree with sex". NYDN. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
5. ^ Jump up to: a b Morgan, Piers. "How I selected my porn name". CNN. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
6. Jump up ^ Rajghatta, Chidanand. "US girl stars in porn flicks to meet college fees". Times of India. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
7. ^ Jump up to: a b Stone, Zak (4 March 2014). "Meet Belle Knox, the Duke Porn Star (As You Might Have Heard)". Playboy. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
8. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h Fernelius, Katie. "Portrait of a porn star". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
10. ^ Jump up to: a b Knox, Belle (4 March 2014). "I'm Finally Revealing My Name and Face As the Duke Porn Star". XoJane. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
11. Jump up ^ Duin, Steve. "Belle Knox, the Duke 'porn star,' puts a face on her story". Oregon Live. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
12. Jump up ^ McBride, Kelly. "Outed Duke student presents lesson in crowd behavior". Poynter Institute. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
13. Jump up ^ Dockterman, Eliana. "The Duke Porn Star Isn’t as Empowered as She Claims". TIME. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
14. Jump up ^ Stoker, Elizabeth. "Sorry Belle Knox, porn still oppresses women". The Week. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
15. Jump up ^ Goldstein, Sasha. "Porn big offers frat boy who outed Duke porn star 10G to appear in his own flick". NYDN. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
16. Jump up ^ Moye, David (7 March 2014). "X-Rated Offer For Duke Student Who Outed Porn Star Classmate Belle Knox". Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
17. ^ Jump up to: a b Willingham, AJ. "Duke reacts to student's 'outing' as porn star". HLN. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
18. Jump up ^ Herbert, Geoff. "Duke University student reveals she's a porn star, stirs drama in college newspaper". Post-Standard. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
19. Jump up ^ Li, David. "Duke porn star has 9 videos under her belt". New York Post. Retrieved 8 March 2014.

External links

• Portrait of a porn star

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Do not post any personal information about who Knox might be in real life. Until she confirms her identity, any names or information is considered to be speculation and theory and violates our WP:BLP policy. Violations will be removed and repeated violations will run the risk of the editor getting blocked.
Real name?
Her real name is mentioned in all of these articles. Please add it to the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:56, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
I disagree. She clearly tried to keep her online and offline personas separate, and went public only because she was outed. At least for now I believe we should err on the side of privacy as the BLP says, and simply see how this matter develops. Bjelleklang - talk 21:28, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
• I also disagree with using the name stated in the articles. The problem is that none of those places have really said how they identified her. Without Knox herself or one of her family members identifying her, all we have is an alleged name. Some of the stuff I've seen as far as evidence go is fairly convincing, but there have been a lot of people making fake accounts for her so we can't guarantee that this is her name because it could easily be someone who created a fake account based upon something someone else said. It's extremely likely that the media outlets are all using information taken from one of the various anonymous forums or websites that decided to try to find and dox Knox. Those sites are not infallible and there have been incidents where even the best internet sleuths and trolls have gotten information wrong. Basically, we can't automatically assume that because it was printed somewhere in the news, that an identity is automatically that person. For example, the media ran with the idea that Ryan Lanza was the identity of the Sandy Hook shooter... only for it to be that it was his brother Adam, who had stolen his ID card. There are a lot of ways as to how someone can be mistaken for someone else, so until we have a more official confirmation, we shouldn't add Knox's suspected real name. That's just not how it works here. That Knox has been exceedingly careful to NOT release her own name in the media is something that we should also respect on here. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 22:33, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
• I've removed someone's post that gives what the media is reporting her IRL name to be. Please do not post any assumptions about who you believe it to be. The media has very, very frequently gotten things wrong and until Knox herself has reported her name, do not post anything that you believe to be the real name. We need more than just someone online claiming that she is Sally Smith of Everytown, USA and we cannot go by what the news is reporting because again- they have gotten identities wrong. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 13:51, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
Removing names
For the IP who posted, the reason we're removing the name is that it is a gross violation of our BLP policy. Please stop re-adding it or I will be forced to take further action. It is not censorship. It's following policy for the above listed reasons. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 17:38, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
No, WP:BLPNAME is not being grossly violated when multiple reliable sources report on her name. I would consider that being widely disseminated. Every other porn star article that has reliable sources verifying their real names includes them. Morbidthoughts (talk) 22:25, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes, but she also is not officially put out her name, so we would be violating her wishes by doing so, not to mention the process that got her name wasn't necessarily the same as just asking her. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 00:17, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
From a verifiability standpoint, we certainly have reliable sources for her real name. However, we might still keep it out for privacy reasons, per WP:BLPNAME. —Ashley Y 22:42, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
• My concern is primarily that none of the newspapers have actually stated how they discovered Knox's name. Did they find this themselves or are they just taking what is getting passed around on the anonymous forums? Has anyone who knows Knox personally (friends, family, professors, etc) confirmed that this is her? So far all I'm seeing is that news outlets are claiming that Knox is so-and-so, yet never saying how they know. Given the whole Ryan and Adam Lanza thing and that internet people have been wrong in the past when it came to doxing people, it's not unreasonable to want to wait until we have something beyond someone listing Knox's name without actually confirming their sources. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 04:24, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
• I mean, I do think that the name the media is giving is correct but I can't verify its validity because so far neither she nor anyone that personally knows her (even if in just an academic or casual setting) has confirmed that this is her identity. At least not in a setting that would be considered reliable per our guidelines. Because of this and because Knox herself has openly stated that she doesn't want her real name to be passed around, I don't think that it should be used anywhere on Wikipedia. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 04:30, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
• We also have to ask if anything is gained by adding this to the article. To be honest... nothing is gained. That's not what people know her as and given that she has specifically said she wants her real name to remain private really does make me think we should respect that wish. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 04:38, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

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Anonymous said...

Here's a woman who is an ex porn actress that could teach little miss Belle a thing or two and what she has to look forward to: