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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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91.

Blue    

I don't think small children need to learn about the adult film industry at their age. This WILL happen. I have never heard of her, but some child will want to know about her and google her a...oops! It's not really about this woman's rights, its about parents and childrens right and what, or what not they should be exposed to. She needs to take responsibility that her past was in the ADULT indsustry, with emphasis on the adult part.

987 days ago
92.

Michael Jackson Was A Pedo    

Who cares that she's made SEVERAL videos where she literally sucked on and tongued the filthy anus holes of 2 or more very fat, hairy and old strangers. What woman hasn't done that?? Let the girl read to kids! They won't know that she used to give out *******s to old fat hairy guys. Geez!

987 days ago
93.

Franko    

I'd rather have her read to my child (and why in hell would I explain to a 5 year old about the porn industry?) than a cig-smoking, alcohol-drinking, welfare-loving irresponsible parent claiming moral high ground.

987 days ago
94.

ipurrr    

As a parent, I wouldn't want my child around someone like this. She may be trying to change her life.....but not at the expense of children. She knew full well that most parents wouldn't like this. I have a right as a parent to know who is teaching my child and I also have the right to complain and to speak out if I don't like what's happening. Poor choice for the school to do this. She is not a role model unless you consider ORAL 101 to be something that little children should be hearing.

All in all, she has made a very poor choice to continue with this program. How dare her think that this is okay......

987 days ago
95.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

WOW she's been ho clean for 2 years!! WOOO WEEE.. some of those people have std flare ups that last longer than that and some hardcores for a lifetime.

Perhaps when she's been removed from the industry for a decade I'd think about letting her anywhere near my kids just out of fear of disease contagion.

987 days ago
96.

LibbysMom    

The kids are second or third grade? The only way they could possibly know who she is, would be because that got into mommy and daddy's "goodie drawer" and found her videos. And watched them! It doesn't make you a good parent because you think bi+ching and griping about every stupid little thing. If you kids don't even know who she is, what does that say about you viewing choices? Don't lay your gilt on someone else.

987 days ago
97.

Infiniti    

those parents should just tell the kids to not go to school, watch tv, listen to the radio, go on the internet, or step outside of their home because they will encounter terrible things compared to someone, who the kids don't know about and not posing a threat to them, reading an educational book. seriously, it's not like she emanates a disease that will cause the kids to start humping each other. be scared for when the companies decide to employ a former child molester turned saint and activist...

987 days ago
98.

Esquire, Esq.    

She went to a school in Compton - how many others went there and read? She's no limousine liberal and she's left the other life behind. Go, Sasha, go!

987 days ago
99.

Mike L    

You can read to me anytime. I have a similar not so kosher past (in fact, I probably distributed your stuff), so it doesn't bother me in the least.

987 days ago
100.

LETTY    

HAVE THEY TESTED THIS RECTUM AND ANUS LOVER FOR HEPATITIS, GANGREEN, AIDS, WARTS, AND A RUNNY MOUTH?

987 days ago
101.

Buckaroobonzai    

news flash... It DOES represent who you are.

987 days ago
102.

booey    

if she behaves appropriately i dont see any problem, i would let her read a simple childrens book to my kid (frankly im more worried about a childrens book promoting a political ideology)....i view this more as an experiment to see if the kids actually know about her videos and the acts she performs in them...god help us if there are large numbers that do

987 days ago
103.

Ben Dover    

Unfortunately for Sasha, your past will define you. It was her choice to be a prostitute, and those are the facts. On the other hand, quitting that business, striving to become a legitimate actress, and reading to kindergarteners for charity? I don't think anyone is in the position to question that.

987 days ago
104.

Dr. James Bozzuto    

This is for sasha. U don't get it. No one is abandoning efforts to assist children. Parents just don't want porn stars being with their 6yo olds. Sasha is not any porn star, she makes instructional video's that can easily be categorized as "How to definitely contract AIDS, Hepatitis, HPV,just follow my lead and I will show you how to kill yourself" Not a message for children. U profit from it, endorse it, sell it, hawk your products. That is who u are and always will be.

987 days ago
105.

Jim in Cali    

I understand parents concern about their children but unless Sasha is acting raunchy during the readings the parents should back off. Sasha didn't do anything illegal. Nor is she a child molestor.

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