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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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ManiacalZebra    

If she's not mentioning porn to the kids, I really don't see the problem. The kids don't know about her past unless the parents are telling them. They just know that someone is reading to them. I just don't see the harm.

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jack-55d79    

Kids don't know much about that stuff or at all. Unless kids have a very unhealthy level of access to the internet AND she actually uses her porn name, the only way the kids could find out is if their parents told them. In fact the children are probably now much more likely to find out because of the fuss.

988 days ago
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Abe    

I don't see what's wrong with a porn star reading to children. She's not reading topless. She's not reading them pornography. She's a human being donating her time to do something worthwhile. All you haters should STFU.

x

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UPYOURS    

You couldn't be more wrong. Who you were in the past definitely defines who you are now.

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jbfskbks    

Note to COMPTON PARENTS:
A FORMER porn star reading to your child should be your last worries

988 days ago
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fresera    

I don't agree with her choice of past careers, but I feel that if she wants to volunteer her time to reading to inner-city children, what a great way to serve the youth of an underpriveleged community. Her past should not dictate her future and I certainly don't judge her for it.

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Truth    

That is one UGLY girl. Can't believe she had a career in porn with that ugly mug.

988 days ago
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Tina30228    

These kids have no idea who she is or what she does! If they do, then the parents need to be investigated. Leave this chick alone. Read to these kids as much as you can! I'm glad somebody is.

988 days ago
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Heather    

Leave her alone. It's not like she's doing or talking about her past in front of kids!

988 days ago
25.

mac    

"I am a porn actor. I am an sex artist. I am a daughter that dissapointed her father. I am a scissor sister. I am a giving sex partner."

Your NOT a teacher, your a PROSTITUTE Sasha.
You play a porn star/prostitute when you get roles on tv. You will NEVER be mainstream. SKEEZER for LIFE.

988 days ago
26.

Nirad    

Good grief, get off her back. She is doing some good..

988 days ago
27.

Chia    

GOOD for her! She used to be in porn. I think that she got out and is mainstream is awesome (done in Barney's voice).

My God that woman has beautiful skin!

988 days ago
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Castro1995    

She's reading a book to kids... It's not like she's promoting porn to children. So what, she's reading to them. Maybe, just maybe, she might enjoy the company of kids, unlike a lot of people nowadays. She's trying to change who she is, yes she did porn, but that doesn't mean that she can't do something better with her life in the future.

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IceGypsy    

Good for you! I think it's mind boggling to see parents so outraged over this. If they really cared about the kids they would be going after Pen State for not firing Mike McQueary's ass.

988 days ago
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Sunny    

Really? Parents up in arms about THIS? As many have said, it isn't like she is going to strip down in front of these kids or teach them some kinky sex tricks. Wonder how many teachers out there are perfect saints...or better yet the parents complaining...didn't party and get drunk in college or their younger years, have sex with more than one person out of wedlock, worked in a strip club to help pay for school or whatever, etc. Okay, so it may not have been recorded (though in this day and age, one cannot be too careful), but it doesn't make them any different from Sasha! We have people out there who standing behind coaches who didn't report a pedophile to the police, and these parents are throwing a fit over someone who is of NO danger to their children reading them a kids' book?

988 days ago
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