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Sasha Grey:

I Will NOT Quit

Reading to Schoolchildren

11/11/2011 11:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sasha Grey
Porn legend Sasha Grey says she will NOT back out of a national elementary school reading program -- despite pressure from parents -- claiming she will "not live in fear" of her XXX past.

TMZ broke the story ... Grey -- who once won a Best Oral Sex award for her role in "Throat: A Cautionary Tale" -- participated in the "Read Across America" program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA last week.

Afterward, the school received complaints for letting Grey around the kids. For the record, Grey has been out of the adult business for 2 years.

Now, Sasha has released a statement ... saying, "I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent."

She adds, "I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner. I have a past that some people may not agree with, but it does not define who I am."

"I believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives."

SASHA'S STATEMENT:

"I am proud to have participated in the "Read Across America" program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA. I read “Dog Breath” by Dav Pilkey to the sweetest 1st and 3rd grade children.

 "Read Across America" is a program that was designed to promote literacy and instill a lifelong love of reading in elementary school students. Promoting education is an effort that is close to my heart. Illiteracy contributes to poverty; encouraging children to pick up a book is fundamental.

 I believe education is a universal right. I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent.

 I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner. I have a past that some people may not agree with, but it does not define who I am.

I will not live in fear of it. To challenge non-profit education programs is an exercise in futility, counter-productive and anti-educational.

I cannot thank my fans and 'Read Across America' enough for supporting my decision. Your support and kind words continue to inspire me. I believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives."


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puddintang    

The only way any of the kids would know she's a former porn star is if adults told them. She's out of the business and changing her life style. I doubt she's going to show up to read to kids in slutty apparel. This reminds me of a quote I saw just yesterday..."Don't judge me by my past, I don't live there anymore". Allow her to do something positive with her life and don't judge her by her past, jusdge her by her actions now.

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growup    

I applaud her. Give me a break. We have fl#king coaches molesting boys on a college campus and people are worried that an adult film star is reading to children in a supervised environment? The kids don't know who she is. but wait...the parents do... hmmmmm.

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Dr. James Bozzuto    

No school district in the US would allow a teacher who has done porn to remain as a teacher. The california board of ed will issue a statement, no porn teachers in school, reach across america will never allow sasha in a classroom for the rest of her life.
I am looking for a parent whose child was exposed to Sasha. The potential for "risk of injury to a minor" is strong. How did sasha introduce herself, did she identify her career, did she identify herself as a pornographer, did she lie to the school to get into the school, did she pass out any info on herself, did she allow the children to google her, did they google her, when they are 14 will they remember the role-model, teacher, pornographer who taught them. One parent from Emerson please contact me.

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139.

Hairyelf    

She was reading to kids, there is no problem with that. I feel if you removed comments from all the people who do nothing to help the schools with teaching kids, all these negative replies would be here.

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Dr. James Bozzuto    

I am looking for one parent from Emerson Elementary whose child was exposed to sasha. I believe there may be some "risk of injury to a minor". sasha deceived the school administration and the PTA and the teachers. There are no former porn star teachers. They all get fired. It is about children and protecting them. Sasha doesn't get that, it is not about her. If one student or teacher from that school can contact me, we can explore options.

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141.

Steve G    

I wonder how many dads are going to show up to participate. :)

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Sheila Shigley    

I hope the school will clean the chair that her ass has been sitting on or the kids will get her germs.

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143.

darisa    

good for her! at least she's giving back to society. how many morons posting comments on TMZ give back to their community? If you object to her reading books to children, then get off your fat ugly butts and go do it yourself instead of posting comments on TMZ. You notice is always losers that always have something negative to say about something nice that anyone does?

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144.

Michael    

I am conservative and I really do not understand the problem here. What does her past have to do with her helping kids out? If anything her decision to end her porn career should be celebrated and helping kids is a great way for her to reboot her post-porn career. The message to children is that despite what bad decisions we make in life, theres always the opportunity to rebuild.

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145.

carpetMuncher    

She can come to Montana and read to my kids, My boys would love it.

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146.

Woot    

GOOD GIRL! Ooooh, how I love the fact that she's adopted this attitude! Let her and others send a message that she is a human being who's made choices, good and not so good, JUST LIKE ALL OF US, and that they don't define her.

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147.

Tee    

How can someone be a porn "legend"? ugh

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fran    

I think one would have to have a pretty loose attitude concerning sex to be a porn star, an I would imagine that attitude would stay with her...I am sure there are other ways she can straighten up her life than being around young children or teens ...parents dont need this especially after the Penn scandal...

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149.

Incognito    

62% think it is no big deal? what is this .. netherlands?

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150.

Woot    

"I will not live in fear of it. To challenge non-profit education programs is an exercise in futility, counter-productive and anti-educational."
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YES! My only hope is that those she's working for also refuse to cave to the knuckle-dragging fear monger parents' rants. Stupid, backwards, hateful freaks.

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