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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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121.

nisiek    

Most porn stars are so fake and over the top, you can never see them really crossing over to regular acting gigs. Not with Sasha...in fact I never knew she was a porn star until after I saw her in The Girlfriend Experience and Entourage, I googled her and was really surprised that such a classic beauty would be a porn star. She seemed to classy for that! I still see her as a classy girl who needed cash so she did porn, and really who wouldn't? It gave her a start in a movie and on Entourage? I mean it does not matter were you start it matter were you end up! That is my philosophy, she obviously likes helping kids so what really is the big deal here? At least, unlike Sandusky, she seems to really care about their well being.

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122.

Sonja    

What she did is not illegal, and she's not even doing it anymore. Some people are so uptight, stop judging, good for her doing something good despite holier than thou loud mouth parents.

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123.

Sue    

I think it's great she is dedicating her time to a worthwhile cause. What she does on her own time is her business. I'm sure she is not broadcasting her past to the children.

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124.

patrick    

So many judge, jury and executioners on here. So the number of ******he sucked is the issue? How many of you have been with more then 1 guy or more then 1 girl? What did she do so different then we do in our own bedrooms in private? She chose to have a camera present and make a living being watched.

Her profession was no different then what you and i do in our own bedrooms with our own girlfriends, wife or one night stands. Quit judging someone because you seen her ****, because you did the same thing she did just secretly.

People these days are insanely judgemental and i think THATs where the problem begins. With that we then think too ugly, too pretty, too fat, too skinny and judge based on career choice. No one cares how you make your money so quit worrying about how she made hers and what shes really trying to do

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125.

Jason    

Good for you Sasha. If that drool cup using idiot George W. Bullsh*t could read to a bunch of kids you can too. He's done more harm to children and families than anybody has in the last 50 years.

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126.

rommel    

Nice picture of her but I'm so used to seeing her with a chin omelet.

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127.

tenley    

This is a public education system, not a private school system. Since when do sex industry workers -- or any adults without a child in the school system -- have an automatic right to be in the classrooms of elementary school students?

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128.

Yamiguru    

"No good deed goes unpunished." - Clare Boothe Luce

1044 days ago
129.

V    

I don't understand why the school can't have someone other than a porn star to read to children, when I was in grade school we would have positive role models that would come and read to us like a firefighters, police, authors of childrens books, Athlete's, its too weird and akward to me that a porn star is around children, yes its a good thing helping kids and everything, but there are way better people out there that would help kids out and that kids can actually look up to. I would not feel comfortable at all if I found out a porn star was comming to my kids class, reading to them, even though she has "retired" from the porn industry..she is still always going to be known for doing that, the movies and pictures of her are always going to be out there no matter how much she tries to turn her life around and it was her choice to be in porn, no one forced her into it.

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130.

en Todo Momento!!    

yah, howsabout ban all the 'great daddies' who actually watched her 'perform' in her films, from the schools, instead. the porno industry doesn't exist, simply because women have and urge to sexually perform for randoms.

1044 days ago
131.

Ronni    

Do the world a favor and take yourself out. No one will miss you. You don't belong among good, healthy people.

1044 days ago
132.

Telstar    

I love how we as entertainment consumers have no problems absolving some popular actors and actresses, singers and sports stars of deeds and misdeeds that have even left people and animals dead, yet a young woman who's interested enough in her community to donate her time to a school is shunned just because of some off-color films she did a few years ago. I sure can't figure out how some people that are so full of self-righteousness can stay on top of their high horses. Remember, it wasn't the priests and church elders that met with the lepers and prostitutes.

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133.

iii22iii    

TMZ is really milking the bullsmit like about 80% of american adul*****ch adultxfilms that outsell all other forms of film TV and sports are are a muti-billion dollar biz.Fox viacom and disney all have adult studios also.She works in adult that is no crime and she does`nt do childporn so shut yous yapping TMZ,,,TMZ sells BS and makes a living in the dirtballers fake news

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134.

Necola Grigsby    

What is Ironic, is all of the people commenting about who and what she did in her movies. Get serious people, you would be flabbergasted if you realized how many women have worked in the XXX industry to pay for an education where they do not have to do any XXX again. I am sure that the educational program she is working for did a back ground check, if they did not see a problem, why should anyone else. She is not teaching the children about porn, she is reading to them.

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135.

NightOwl    

Good for her. The world is made up of "used to be's". She has changed her life, she commited no crime, why not let her? There are plenty of lily-white people who will not go anywhere near Compton-at least she's doing the right thing by actively trying to make the world a better place.

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