You may have scoffed when Ansel Elgort posted a nude on Instagram as a bait-and-switch way to raise money charity. But hey, it worked.
Confused? Let’s take a step back.
On Tuesday, the Fault In Our Stars leading man took to Instagram to post a nude photo of himself in the shower. His crotch was blocked with a carefully posed hand; however, there was still plenty for Elgort fans to gawk over.
Ansel Elgort out here doing The Most. pic.twitter.com/opiKuB5qcK— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) April 21, 2020
In the pic’s caption, the It Boy seemed to promise more, writing: “OnlyFans LINK IN BIO.” Instagram doesn’t allow nudes. However, OnlyFans is a site where anyone can create a subscription-accessible account for exclusive content. It’s sort of like Patreon, but with self-produced p*rn.
However, the link in Elgort’s bio wasn’t actually to an OnlyFans account. It was to a fundraising page organized by Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright for Brooklyn for Life!, a charity that’s providing meals to Brooklyn hospital workers. Elgort was essentially channeling thirst for good. And THR reports it paid off.
As of this morning, the GoFundMe page has $213,481 in donations, with a noticeable spike occurring after Elgort posted the photo. It’s unclear how much of these contributions were because of the Baby Driver star’s provocative pic, which has since been predictably pulled by Instagram.
Elgort acknowledged the seeming success in his Instagram story, writing, “I don’t know how much of this is from the post but it seems a lot of people have been giving in the last few hours. Thanks a lot, looks like it was worth it.”
Then, the actor reminded fans he’s taken with a new post, featuring his long-time girlfriend, ballerina Violetta Komyshan.