Behind Zola's story: No one actually tried to jump off a fourth-floor balcony, and no one ever got shot in the face. https://t.co/LbfuY5t0Cz-- Suzette Hackney (@suzyscribe) November 2, 2015
@britttanyx3😂😂💀💀 I'm done with all the lies-- wow wtf (@Monifaa_xo) November 3, 2015
Ha. So "Zola" IS a liar, eh? Knew that story was too good to be true.-- ⚡Brandy (@Mc_Screamy) October 30, 2015
So Zola is a liar and used a specific case in the news to make it seem real. She's really a mastermind 😂-- Preme (@PremeWestend) October 30, 2015
Zola's story is probably mostly lies. Fine. You know what else is a lie? Everything Shonda Rhimes writes.-- Robert! (@RPinHD) October 29, 2015
wait...people really thought the zola story was true???-- Sarah Bellum (@tlw83) November 3, 2015
The Washington Post will not make me feel bad about reading & laughing at the Zola story.-- MEAGY MEAG (@MeagyMeagOnAir) November 3, 2015
As "Josephine," a co-editor for sex worker blog Tits & Sass, said, "every sex worker I know has a horror story. We get robbed, arrested, beaten, humiliated. The majority of our horror stories blur the line between 'awful' and 'hilarious.' At least, mine do" -- which is why, she speculates, Zola turned to humor (and some accompanying plot twists) to defuse the grim realities of her situation. It doesn't mean she's a liar or made up the parts about her getting kidnapped and trafficked, it just means she got a bit carried away in her tweeted retelling. Which, is a tad questionable, sure, but it doesn't make the meat of her story and the stories of other sex workers any less valid. This woman went through a horrible, traumatizing nightmare, and the fact that the Internet has the gall to even question her when it comes to the way she retells a life-threatening experience is bleak to say the least.