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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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481.

Robby Gonzalez    

So she did "porn?" What's the big deal? No, she didn't just do "porn;" she did some of the most disgusting, deviant acts imaginable. She is sick, and there would be no way I would allow her around my children, if were one of those parents. Enough of this PC-BS. This is not a person to be around children. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

1069 days ago
482.

Dan    

Is it ironic that George W Bush could read to your kids, being a war-monger and Sasha shouldn't because she has practiced the human reproductive act numerous times?!

If these parents kids are influenced by one meeting with a pornstar how will they be expected to survive in a world run by criminals? I'm sure these parents have a few tapes of their own hehehe

1069 days ago
483.

Ceeee    

I agree with others that she should be given a chance - she's decided to make a change in her life and to her efforts in order to do something good and help people. On the flipside, it just goes to show that that bad things we do, do have consequences. There are still going to be those who will judge her and not want her around their children. I applaud her, though, for taking this step and changing her and others' lives for the better. She may be a very compassionate person and good at working with kids. She could change a child's life by working with him/her. I hope she can continue reading to kids!

1069 days ago
484.

anna    

stop with that nonsense.
How you can even say that she is a compassionate person, that she is trying to do something good, and help other people? How? by reading the books to children? seems like she is always choosing the easiest way possible.
Is she really making changes in her life? How? Was she open and truthful? or was she lying about her previous work?

1069 days ago
485.

anna    

Keep her away and as far as possible from our children!!!

1069 days ago
486.

wooddragon45    


Were this young lady a conventional movie star that had only "simulated" having sex on film nobody would bat an eye, to me, there is clearly a double standard at work here...

To the nay-sayers who clearly have fundamental religious or repressed psycho-sexual hangups I suggest you see a therapist or check your bibles and read "judge not - lest thou be judged"

I applaud Ms.Grey not only for her resistance to these childish objections but also for her ability to re-invent herself in such a positive way - in my experience the ability to change and adapt are only ever indicative of inner strength, intelligence and character.

wooddragon45

1068 days ago
487.

Bey    

These are prob the same parents who allow their kids to buy Miley Cyrus merchandise and listen to Lil'Wayne albums. GTFO!

1068 days ago
488.

CollegeBound    

At least she is doing something positive with her fame. "They don't want her around their children." What is she going to do to them, molest them? It is not like she is Sandusky or something.

1068 days ago
489.

Definitive     

Honestly, I don't understand all this controversy. Yeah, she was a porn star in the PAST. I mean, really? Her past does not define her, she's a person like the rest of us!

When she was reading to little kids, they didn't look at her and say "Hey she was in porn!" But all the soccer moms did, which is what I don't get. She was formally dressed, so I don't see what the big deal is.

Good for you Sasha, good for you.

As for the rest of the idiots, GET REAL!

1068 days ago
490.

terry dead    

if you saw the movies shes performed in you would't want her near any kids...not your average porn star..shes quite the freak but there are a lot of people like that but just didn't get paid for what they where doing and weren't on film.

1068 days ago
491.

JustJenna    

I meant to say she made the DECISION to be involved in sexutainment, not the child. Sorry for the typo.

1067 days ago
492.

deadjournalism    

"Grey has been out of the adult business for 2 years."

TMZ has to be the most grotesque form of profiteering. Sorry all you Hollywood wannabes at TMZ, call it what you want.

You can't wash off skank. She is who she is. If I lived in Compton, first I would take my kid away from this piece of rotten meat at the schools, and then I would slap myself silly for living in Compton-- Home of the ******s.

1066 days ago
493.

Logan R    

Are all the uptight overweight moms scared that their husbands will be lurking around the school a little more than usual?

1066 days ago
494.

Stupid People Hater    

Sasha, Sasha, Sasha...You may not want to quit but no school is going to allow you to read to the children or do anything at all with children if you don't lie or hide your past. You chose your own career and there are consequences. You have to take the bad with the good. And we know there's been a lot of good.

1066 days ago
495.

ChickenCross    

Apparently, her middle school education was not enough to understand the problem here.
Every decision or action person makes, there is consequences.
You decided to make money doing legal prostitution. Now you want to be close to little kids. What she is doing is like al Qaeda saying they care about American after 9-11.
It just does not work…

Porn and children does not mix. Stay the heck away from little kids.
I know porn star is not the smartest person on earth but you can not be this dumb…..

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