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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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karlew    

LOL so many sanctimonious losers here. May I remind you TMZ is just another version of porn. Tell me just how would it be better having one of the detractors reading to kids rather than her? How would you do it better? Would it be better because you get your jollies reading about and writing nasty comments about people you don't know? Why is I feel if you read Jack and Jill you'd be telling the kids Jack fell down cause he's a meth head and Jill came tumbling after cause she's a crack ho? Thanks but no thanks, I'll take the porn star. And maybe if more parents actually read to their kids school boards wouldn't feel the need to invite anyone into read to them. Hypocritical crap.

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32.

Jay W.     

Let her read to the kids...

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33.

jujubee    

LOL she's a daughter...I'm sure she made her parents super proud leaving home when she was 17 and letting all kinds of men bang her.
She supports education, thats great, that still doesn't make her a positive role model for kids to look up to. She's not doing anything to better these kids lives, shes doing it to feel like shes done something to contribute to the community-the intent is a good one, but she still has no business being in an elementary school.

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34.

Chia    

Hey, I have an idea, let's do background checks on all the parents!! Let's see what is in their closets :) :)

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35.

the floyd    

i think they should show the children some of her work on film, and let the them decide?

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36.

Oprah    

Won't be all that long until she has rectal cancer.

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37.

kade madison    

Do people think just because someone had sex on camera she's now going to recruit your 8 year-olds? Get real people.

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38.

cheebee    

I knew this was one giant publicity stunt. She is probably hoping to be the next Kim K. Who is also an inappropriate role model and "teacher".

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39.

Raxtoren    

How about getting an education in teaching first, you dirty slut.

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40.

K-Dog    

Sasha is an existentialist and post-modern feminist(in her words),so she does n't care what anybody says about her. So as long as she's doing somethin positive,ignore her.Besides,this is probably a publicity stunt for her lame indie movie coming out-which stars the 1st celebrity featured in a sex-tape,Rob Lowe.

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41.

anita    

leave the girl alone, we all have a past, it's the future that counts, i don't see other people standing up and doing what she does,

the past is in the past

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42.

Mazor    

Yeah, this is exactly the kind of trashy sl*t wh*re you want talking to your kids. It should be against the law for perverts like her to get within 100 ft of children.

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43.

Brandon    

You forgot to add your a pig and a scab.

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44.

THIN LIZZY    

Big deal, at least she ain't molesting them like other teachers and football coaches.

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45.

TheWarAgainstCommonSense    

The sad thing is that she is probably spending more time reading to these kids than their parents are. I am pretty sure that she did not come to the school being billed as a FORMER porn star. While I do not respect her work,people have a problem that she put herself out there. There are plenty of people who have and are doing far worse than her that you just have no clue about. People that the average person would trust their kids with. Think recently with Penn State and the Catholic church. In a lot of these schools the teachers themselves are a threat to the kids, with their abuses of power and trust.

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