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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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Raider    

So she's a porn star that knows how to read, WOW. TURD!

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167.

nyb    

You go girl!

991 days ago
168.

watching    

It is really stupid and opportunistic for her to expect people to not be aware of her past. I think it's insulting as a parent that I have to defend my right to not want someone like her near my family. She may want a different life-good for her-but don't shove your bs down my throat(no pun intended) If she had chosen to work with homeless prostitutes as her charity, it would be far less controversial-probably why she chose reading to little kids. Shock value only. I don't find anything about her interesting or edgy- Just manipulative. What else is new?

991 days ago
169.

mm    

"I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner...." No mention of being a mother. So really she had no need to be in the school, and if she was part of "Read across America" she should have had a clear Certificate of Conduct (or whatever you call it in the States) first.

991 days ago
170.

Stan    

People need to get over it. First off she did nothing wrong or illegal by being employed in the porn industry. Fact is no one knows what most people do in private or even public. Who are they to scrutinze and point fingers at Sasha. There is always someone that will disagree with someone else's life choices. The worst thing is that those that scream the loudest- usually have the most to hide.
I applaud Shasha for having the community spirit to particpate and give back, its more than most people do.
Oh and big fan of her Entourage work.

991 days ago
171.

JT    

maybe she should be reading in nude so parents will attend and see how she does it

991 days ago
172.

mac    

I wouldnt let her walk my dog.

991 days ago
173.

coach    

id lover for her to read to me

991 days ago
174.

irishrover     

I'am sad to hear she doesn't do porn anymore that girl sure liked it up the bum.

991 days ago
175.

Karen Burke    

Maybe the real question should be, how did these PTA holy rollers even know that this women is a porn star?? Someone is watching movies they shouldn't be!!!

991 days ago
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Mumra The Ever Living    

It's quite laudable that Ms. Grey wants to read to school children. The problem though is that she seems to think that she has a constitutional right to read to these kids, and damn the people who disagree. The bottom line is that it is not up to her, but to the childrens parents. SHe chose a career path that included porn. SHe has even promoted her past participation in porn for various reasons. If the parents or school district feel that this make her an inappropriate choice, then that's their choice, not hers.
If you take her position, then Jerry Sandusky has just as much right to read to a group of third grade boys as she does.

991 days ago
177.

Mrs. Gossip     

Good to hear she won't back down from these religious nut jobs. She has commited no crime, and shouldn't live in fear of anyone. Big deal the girl did porn. I can name at least 15 politicians that have been convicetd of a crime and are still in Washington D.C. today.

991 days ago
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dangerouslamb81    

what do they think she's going to do, tell them how to give a great bj??? as far as these kids know, she's just a nice lady reading them books. get over it people!

991 days ago
179.

MC    

Your past will always come back to haunt you, but she's turned it all around and hasn't been in a porn movie in two years. Cut the girl some slack, at least she knows how to read.

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Dirk Diggler    

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