Ex-Adult Film Star Sasha Grey Reads to Kids
Ex-adult film star Sasha Grey caused quite a stir after she read to kids in a Compton Elementary school last week.
Despite the fact that Grey has been out of the porn industry for over two years AND she was donating her time as part of the Read Across America program, outraged parents filed complaints to the school board.
Instead of standing by their decision, the school tried to cover it up. “We have several celebrities who read to our students each year, ” a rep tells TMZ. “The actress you have indicated was not present.” Unfortunately, pictures proved otherwise.
In turn, Grey sends a strong response through TMZ.
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.
Sasha Grey’s statement would put even the most conservative parent to shame. Do kids even know who she is? Moreso, does she flaunt her past in any way apparent to the kids? Sadly enough, people focused on the most inconsequential detail versus what truly matters in this story: A celebrity, Sasha Grey volunteers her time for a cause that benefits kids nationwide.