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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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151.

Fuck Celebrities    

She hasn't done anything different than any of the idiots who hate her... she just earned a living at it.

1022 days ago
152.

Woot    

Just what do you bible-thumpers think she's doing to the kids with her porn past? Recruiting?

GOD, you're dumb!

1022 days ago
153.

Woot    

It's not her presence around children that worry me... it's the hateful, backwards, bigots who are the PARENTS of these kids that are doing all the damage to them.

1022 days ago
154.

Freeon    

What about the right of the parents DAMMIT!!! We don't live in a country that dictates to parents how they should raise their kids! This is a democracy, we have freedoms, and sorry to this woman but its within the parents right to NOT want her to read to THEIR KIDS! The parents have a voice, those are their kids. I encourage all parents who disagree with this to start their own reading group, campaign, or just read to their kids at home and have their kid miss the event this woman will be reading at. Parents Rights! How the hell are you gonna tell someone how to raise their kids! You're not paying their bills, feeding their kid, nor raising their kid!

1022 days ago
155.

owen    

She's reading to kids. What the hell have you done to better society lately?

1022 days ago
156.

Brazilian FAP    

I'd let her read to my children, since she shows me her "oral abilities".

And yeah, her past really defines who she is, because she didn't anything sufficiently different until now. She will have to do much more than be "an artist" so that her past don't define who she is anymore.

1022 days ago
157.

Brazilian Fap    

I'd let her read to my children, since she showed me her "oral skills".

P.S.: Yeah, her past indeed defines who she is, because she didn't anything sufficiently different until now. She will have to do much more than be "an artist" so that her past don't define who she is anymore.

Greetings from Brazil.

1022 days ago
158.

Livvy    

As someone who is a former coordinator for after school literacy programs, I applaud her commitment, enthusiam, and strength in wanting to read to kids. When programs screen readers, they are concerned about child predators, abusers and TB status and cannot tolerate any of that, but this woman has done nothing harmful to kids. Teachers are always present and these actors are there to have fun. I'm sure many of those judging her here have some skeletons in their own closet.

1022 days ago
159.

James    

She did for money what many wives to for free. Leave it alone people and get a life. I am sure none of the children have any clue what she did for a living.

1022 days ago
160.

pouyan    

Unfortunately, whether we wi***** to be true or not, our past does define us. This woman's past is one of utter filth. There are consequences for our actions and the reaction to have her banned from even coming within 20 feet of anyone's child is totally acceptable to me.

1022 days ago
161.

Eric    

I hope by now someone's said it. First off, no 1st grader is going to even know who Sasha Grey is. 2) She's reading them books not discussing her life or choices with them. Get over yourselves people and quit being so effing dramatic.

1022 days ago
162.

karlymann    

How many of you Sasha supporters think Ron Jeremy should also be allowed to read to school children?

1022 days ago
163.

Johnny    

More than half of the people commenting in this post have done FAR worse things in their lifetime, and are still around kids. More than half of you probably dont even DESERVE kids....

1022 days ago
164.

diane    

well Sasha ******ucker thats what happens when you make poor choices they follow you around. personally i dont want your nasty mouth anywhere near my kids.

1022 days ago
165.

BSG9    

Look, as a parent you have the right to choose who can have access to your child. If the school knew of her past, they should have informed the parents she would be there and given the parents the choice to let them attend. It was irresponsible of the School.

1022 days ago
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