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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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496.

freefromtheman    

If the media would have kept their mouth shut no one would have known. I think anyone who talks about another persons sexual past should have to publicly disclose how many lovers they have had and what sex acts they have performed. I'll bet not many would open their mouths. No pun intended.

1031 days ago
497.

tech2    

Good for her not bowing to pressure. Freedom of speech and etc seem to have gone due to people folding under the pressure of a few oppinions.

1031 days ago
498.

Mikey    

Teach us about Uranus Miss Grey.

1030 days ago
499.

Canada    

Think about it. These kids have NO IDEA who she is. To them she is just some cute older lady who reads to them. Funny how all these parents who recognized her from PORN don't want a pornstar reading to their kids. Pot, meet kettle.

1030 days ago
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andrew diggs     

Good for you Sasha! the parents are making a big deal about it. so what if she is/was a porn star. an ex porn star can't give back to the community? (no pun intended) She's a beautiful, intelligent woman, taking her time out of her schedule to volunteer.. "let he who has committed no sin cast the first stone."... the kids don't anything about her. the parents are the ones acting shameful. we are all human.

1030 days ago
501.

brotherman    

Man this chick is an equal opportunity star. She took on some of the "biggest" brothers in the business. She was not like other white chicks who did not want to take on the brothers. Man can she take it nice everywhere something could be inserted. Agin she took on some of the biggest "brothers" in the business and now she comes to compton where many of this brothers originated.

1030 days ago
502.

Michelle    

Would the kids she is reading to know the difference ? If the adults didn't tell them , and I bet they had fun trying to figure out how to tell them. But in todays times most parents think the need to be honest with their kids about everything. Does she wear her skirts to short? Are her shirts to revealing? This is America and like it or not everybody doesn't always have a upstanding, Christian job. I'm sure she hasn't tried to make moves on the kids. There have been so many female teachers and mothers of sports kid who have done far worse. If she is doing a good job with the children? Our country is cutting budgets from schools, so if she can help ease the burden on the teacher. She should not be judged if she is doing a good job. Do any of the parents help out in the classroom? With unemployment at all time high is the country, at least she isn't mooching off the system . There was a law that was suppose make the parents help in there childrens class. They thought this was terriable. They also said they didn't have time . I guess smoking crack, laying on the couch watching Jerry Springer was just to hard on them. We wouldn't want them to get to worned out. The taxpayers are paying for there childs education . We give them free breakfasts, because mommy and daddy couldn't get up to make it, free lunches too! I guess they are the upstanding, role models that our children look up to. I say leave her alone and let her help educate our kids. Maybe if the parents got to know her they would probably think she was a smart educated , nice person. The children are lucky to have her take her time to volunteer . Does anyone know volunteer means? She doesn't get paid for her time to help!

to take an hour of the

1030 days ago
503.

Mazor    

Someone send this filthy wh*re home. The kids can get VD just from the fumes wafting off her infected crotch.

1030 days ago
504.

sammie    

SMH... what is this world coming to?! Allowing a porn star to teach to little children. Image if they kids ask her what she use to do for a living... Oh i use to suck ****, as a matter of fact I even received an award for the best oral sex.

For those who see nothing wrong with what she is doing... you know damn well you would not think that they way if it was a male porn star teaching kids.

1030 days ago
505.

J    

Once a whore always a whore. That's what these kids and parents SHOULD know.

1030 days ago
506.

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.

1029 days ago
507.

Kris    

In her bio, it reads "actress," duh people... it is called a publicity stunt, and yep, it worked.

1029 days ago
508.

Ammy    

She's not ******* the kids, so what the hell's the problem?
The people who complain about this seem to be the typical morons who think sex is a terrible, sinful thing, while they masturbate to Kim Kardashian.

1029 days ago
509.

Misty    

What the f*ck???!!!! When I was in school, the teachers were old, fat, and ugly as hell! Kids have it so good now. They have hot teachers they sleep with and now porn actresses go and read to them. I wish I was a kid!

1028 days ago
510.

Col Angus    

Unfortunately there are too many judgmental conservative types who condemn her for her former career. These are the same people who are committing atrocities in their own family much worse than anything this young woman has ever done. I commend Ms Gray for her work, even if she were still a porn actress.

1028 days ago
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