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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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466.

John Donohue    

SHE IS LYING.

The NEA's program "Reading Across America" had nothing to do with her or this incident, has issued a statement (below) and the Compton School District has admitted this in writing. Grey's continued lying about the NEA/Reading Across America endorsement is damaging the organization and its program.

NEA’s statement
Sasha Grey is not affiliated with the National Education Association’s (NEA) "Read Across America" program nor has she been invited or endorsed by the National Education Association (NEA) to read at any of the association’s "Read Across America Day" events, which take place March 2nd each year. The Nov. 2, 2011 reading event at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA was a local reading event hosted by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School and the Compton Unified School District. It was not affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).

Compton's press release:

Contact:
Ron T. Suazo
Office of Communications
(310) 604-6529


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2011

Statement Regarding Emerson Elementary School’s Guest Reader Program

COMPTON, Calif., — For many years, celebrities, authors, and elected leaders have been invited to share their love of reading with our students as part of the Compton Unified School District's (CUSD) reading programs. Last week, an issue arose because one of the participants, an actress who recently appeared on a hit HBO television show and previously worked in the adult film industry, was a reader on one occasion in the Emerson Elementary Guest Reading Program.

The outside talent coordinator listed the actress as a mainstream actress from the HBO show, "Entourage." Although we have worked with this talent coordinator for several years, we will meet to review the participant selection process. Together, we will work to ensure that this successful program continues by developing a process to safeguard against the invitation of any potentially controversial figures.

The district would like to clarify that the Emerson Elementary Guest Reading Program is not associated with the annual National Education Association’s Read Across America event, in which the district also participates every March, in coordination with the Compton Education Association, our teachers’ association.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting CUSD’s Office of Communications at (310) 604-6529 or by visiting www.compton.k12.ca.us.

1036 days ago
467.

Hamptonsdude    

Kim Kardashian, Sasha Grey... What's the difference?

1036 days ago
468.

His dudeness    

If you're calling her a whore, you're being sexist.
If you're saying she shouldn't read to kids, you're intimidated by her sexuality.

Get over your self-loathing and accept that her former occupation is representative of freedom.

If you want to live in such a sexist and prudish society, move to Afghanistan.

1036 days ago
469.

Kyle    

Sasha:
"I Will NOT Quit Reading to Schoolchildren"

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Ugh yeah you will! :D
Even Compton doesn't desire you.

(No offense to any Compton residents)

1036 days ago
470.

V    

if a parent does not want a porn star or a "former" porn star around their kids and the parent took their kid out of that class room, then that is their parental right, who does this Sasha person think she is? she is basicly saying "i will read to your kids rather you like it or not" who told her that she gets to call the shots? people keep saying "well she has been out of the business for 2 years" yea??? and??? I don't care if she's been out of the business for 10 years, she thinks that she can just wake up one day and say "hmmmm you know what? I don't think I want to be a slut anymore, I know! I will read to school children" come on now, she doesn't care about those kids, she is using those kids to make herself look good. She says "her past doesn't define her" well I hate to break it to her but your past does define you and people on here say "everyone has a past" yes everyone does have a past, but not everyone here can say that have a past like hers. I watched clips of her on the Tyra Banks show and Sasha seemed very proud of being in porn and she even admitted that she contracted Gonorrhea and didn't seemed bothered by it at all, she was saying that she had Gonorrhea as if she was talking about getting the common cold, come on now, these porn stars or "retired" porn stars need to step aside and let people who kids can actually LOOK UP TO read to them.

1036 days ago
471.

Kyle    

I dunno, sounds like Sasha incarnate eh...

whore (hôr, hr)
n.
1. A prostitute.
2. A person considered sexually promiscuous.
3. A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.
intr.v. whored, whor·ing, whores
1. To associate or have sexual relations with prostitutes or a prostitute.
2. To accept payment in exchange for sexual relations.
3. To compromise one's principles for personal gain.

1036 days ago
472.

TrinityDevine    

I am a Christian and this saddens me because we are not put on this Earth to damn anyone. As long as she keeps it tasteful, respectful and responsible, why is this a problem?

1036 days ago
473.

TrinityDevine    

My first comment didn't show up, so let me try this again; As a Christian, this saddens me because none of us on this Earth has the right to damn anyone else. I think the fact that she is doing something positive is great! As long as she keeps it appropriate and doesn't bring an old script from her XXX days, I see no problem. Keep up the excellent and giving work, Ms. Grey!

1036 days ago
474.

PushBack    

"I am an actor. I am an artist"; Uh no. Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster and many more female actors are artists and several from many talented females. You are a whore, no talent and many people have sex without going to college or Juilliard. Try another position 'so to speak' or lay down and take your medicine from your past.

1035 days ago
475.

Kevin    

If your elementary schoolchildren know that she's a pornstar (or even what a 'pornstar' is) then you've already failed. I'm just sayin...

1035 days ago
476.

Lissette    

The children don't even who she is, all they know is a young girl is reading them a great story. As what I read she is out of the industry. Besides at least we already know what she had hidden in her closet.

1035 days ago
477.

Kantor     

Does a 2 year old understand what is sex? If she is just reading to them, I do not see what is the big deal. People can not seem to let other live their lives.

1035 days ago
478.

verla    

Look people also have rights to decide who and what they want to influence the minds of thier children and this is more important than what this young lady wants to do.

1035 days ago
479.

JustJenna    

I wouldn't want her reading to my child. She made the child to be involved in sexutainment and I don't want that element around my child. Period.

1035 days ago
480.

Crimson Fury    

If it was Michael Jackson or Joe Paterno reading to kids, that would be a red flag, not a former porn star.

1035 days ago
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