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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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106.

cheebee    

She didn't quit being a pornstar because she thinks its a harmful and exploitative business. She defends it as a career choice. She quit the business because she doesn't want to be the next Jenna Jameson. She wants to be the next Angelina Jolie. So que the underprivileged children and charity work.

1077 days ago
107.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I'm sure those schools really appreciate her tweeting their names under her porn alias.

1077 days ago
108.

Dan    

Hey, I'd rather have her reading a book than some priest.. Those f*ckers will molest your children when your back is turned! Give me Sasha Grey over some Christian f*ck any time of the day to read to kids.

1077 days ago
109.

Philo Beddoe    

And kids, that is how double penetration is achieved with the least amount of pain.....any questions?

1077 days ago
110.

Dan    

Hey, I'd rather have her reading a book than some priest.. Those f*ckers will molest your children when your back is turned! Give me Sasha Grey over some Christian f*ck any time of the day to read to kids.

1077 days ago
111.

wokka    

Good for you Sasha, its not like you molested a bunch of 10 year old boys and/or covered it up for years.

1077 days ago
112.

Anthony    

Bravo to her, so what she did porn. She didn't do anything illegal or anything that most other woman do in their own bedrooms(albeit mostly with the same guy). How is she any different then Kim Kardashian, who put out a sex tape with her getting pee'd on and is allowed in every young teenagers home in the country.

1077 days ago
113.

lalaland    

Okey dokey Mrs. Spock.

1077 days ago
114.

Randy    

She is an artist? Really? I doubt that Remington would agree with her!! It doesn't take much artistry to spread your legs.

1077 days ago
115.

LMT    

We have teachers teaching about masturbation in our public school classroms, about alternative life styles (and how great they are), about anal sex and other types of sex, but a fully clothed former porn star reading a CHILD'S BOOK, is not ok. How screwed up are our schools? Pretty f*c**d up!! Keep reading lady.

1077 days ago
116.

Muppet    

I've changed my mind and agree with the posters here. She should be given a second chance. She's out of the industry and doing something useful. While I don't respect the choices she made before, I do think she is moving forward in a positive direction. Good for her and I hope she stays out of the porn industy and betters her life.

1077 days ago
117.

HARRY NIPPLES, Jr.    

People do not change.

1077 days ago
118.

Telstar    

I would bet that the program has used actors and actresses that have kissed people onscreen that are not their spouses. So it's really just a matter of degree. It's not like the kids know who she is (hopefully). These parents' babysitters have probably done the same or worse with their partners, but the parents just don't have to think about that. Did they ask the teachers what their sexual backgrounds are?

1077 days ago
119.

Foggarty    

I'm not a prude by any means.. but Sasha should not be an advocate for anything to do woth children. I realize that her past is behind her perhaps but unfotunately she made choices that she will have to live with for the rest of her life. We all have and she is no exception. She can call herself an actress or an artist or whatever she wants.. Unfotunately all I see when I look at her is a porn star... that is her mark she left on us and that is what will likely remain 30, 40 or 50 years from now... No one will know what Entourage was and it will be doubtful anyone will recall her name... but people will likely still be watching her porn movies!


She made the bed and unfortunately will have to sleep in it. I wish nothing but the best for her but I would never allow her to be around my child! In fact I would sue the school the county of the school my child is enrolled in if they were exposed to her. I realize she wants to identify with another part of her talent but that wil NEVER happen... she is just a gutter whore like every other porn star looking to make a quick buck by taking off their clothes in front of a camera.

My .02

1077 days ago
120.

Louise    

I totally agree with Commenter #3, The Truth. Her past is just that - her past.

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