Renee Gracie “feels like Donald Trump”, hitting out after the former Supercars driver turned porn star was banned from Instagram.
Former Supercars driver turned porn star Renee Gracie has hit out at Instagram after she was banned from the platform.
Gracie, 26, claimed the social media site had deactivated her account and she was being censored.
The Aussie pleaded her innocence by stating her raunchy pictures were no worse than bikini models — even adding she had taken extra care to be vigilant in recent weeks.
Gracie, who had 750,000 Instagram followers before her forced pit stop, told the Daily Mail: “I just woke up and I can’t log in. They (Instagram) haven’t given me any reason which I think is the hardest thing (to deal with).
“I was cautious with the things I was saying in my comments. The photos I was uploading. All that sort of stuff.
“The work we’re doing isn’t illegal. If we were drug dealers or something I get it.
“Our stuff isn’t worse than what companies are uploading with girls in bikinis.
“It’s a bit crazy to think that it’s that strict. It’s a wild time to be alive.
“The sex industry and the sex work industry is something that has been around longer than Instagram.”
Gracie — who planned to make a return to the track last year — believes the move will cost her thousands of dollars per month.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Gracie added she “feels like Donald Trump” after the outgoing American President was also banned by social media sites for inciting the violent riot at the US Capitol last month.
“When I told my Dad I had been banned he said, ‘You’ve done (a) Donald Trump’ and I said I’m not inciting violence — make love not war,” Gracie said.
“He (Trump) is an example of how these social media platforms are starting to take responsibility. The last week has proven that.”
The tattooed star quit motorsport for the porn industry due to the financial struggle, barely making $20,000 a year as the first full-time Australian female Supercars driver.
Once nicknamed the Devil Princess, the native Queenslander began driving as a teenager and had dreams of racing in a US NASCAR championship.
In 2015, Gracie was part of an all-female team that took part in the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race — the most iconic event on the Australian racing calendar.
Her dreams came to a screeching halt after finishing in 14th place in the same Mount Panorama race in 2016 before a series of poor displays saw her replaced.
But her popular OnlyFans account means she can rake in much more cash from paying subscribers viewing her adult-only content.
However, Gracie is concerned about how her and her counterparts’ wallets will be hit by the Instagram clampdown.
Gracie said: “It will impact me financially in some areas.
“(For some girls) Five, ten to $15,000 dollars a month easily. It would be devastating for people who lost their accounts.”
This article first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission