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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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511.

Jessie    

I would never let this gutter slut read to my kids and no I'm not a conservative, I'm not religious, there are way better people out there who would want to come to a school and read to children and I don't care how long she has "been out of the business" what does she think? that her nasty movies and images are just going to vanish? they will be there forever and she will always been known as a porn skank, its not anyones fault but hers that she went in the sex industry, it was her choice, let the school children have a decent role model that they could look up to read to them, not some trashy tramp who won an award for "best anal scene" ya thats really a lot to be proud of.

1061 days ago
512.

Nickel    

She sounds genuine. People should give her a break.

1061 days ago
513.

Anonymous    

The parents have the right to decide if they want her reading for their children. That said, how would the child even know who she is? To them she is just someone who is reading to them.

Also, I notice a lot of comments along the lines of "couldn't they get anyone better..." They get the people that volunteer. That is not to say they have to accept all volunteers, but I doubt many of the people complaining stepped up and volunteered to take her place.

1061 days ago
514.

Ahmed panty    

I can only laugh at the holier than thou puritanical prudes posting here. Before you take a dump on her, make the effort to find out who she is - a down to earth, talented (not just evil PORN but music, digital arts, etc) and caring girl who is volunteering her time (worth a lot of money) to enhance the quality of these children's education.

1060 days ago
515.

Patrick    

good for her don't give in just because you have some parents who do nothing but complain about every little thing. Her being in porn is the past she is out of it and trying to turn her life around. Give her a chance she is not going to harm the kids... seriously though what kid in kidergarden or 1st thru 3rd grade is going to know or understand about what she did? good for you Sasha Grey for not giving in and trying to turn your life around.

1060 days ago
516.

Jack    

Anybody that would actually take the time to be bothered by this, probably needs to reevaluate what they give a****** about. If she were to read to kids everyday until the Sun goes supernova not even one child would be adversely affected by Sasha having read to him or her. They have no idea what a porn star is. To them, they would just know they had a good time listening to a story, whether it was her or Steve Jobs that had been the orator. I applaud her effort to improve a world that most people seem to have given up on.

1059 days ago
517.

jj17    

"I'm an actor" LMAO! You're a whore!

1059 days ago
518.

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1058 days ago
519.

edward    

So ridiculous. There is a difference between a pornstar and a pedophile. While people may not agree with one, it in no way makes them the other. Both are independent.

1058 days ago
520.

JOsh    

So the parents know who she was? hummmmmmmmmmm they like to watch but doesnt like her near the kids uh ? hummmmmmm/!

1058 days ago
521.

Big Taters    

She shows her utter ignorance by stating her past doesn't define her.

Really? What does genius?

1057 days ago
522.

alleyoop    

I agree 1000% Sasha
And if you have the time,you can read to me ANYTIME

1057 days ago
523.

Dan    

I find her as sexy as a dirty public toilet

1050 days ago
524.

rd    

Er, has anyone seen the completely over the top films she has done? This fair gal was not merely a porn star, she pushed the envelope. So completely over the top. Enthralling. It was great. She is genuinely screwed up. She should NOT be permitted to participate, its only another perversion of hers to gain attention, now at the expense of children? She is a complete phoney. Still, as an adult, wouldn't mind having her around.

1049 days ago
525.

rik    

tmz and the other morons casting spite need a dose of the old 'harper valley pta' song

1047 days ago
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