Former adult film star and current non-adult film actress Sasha Grey caused numerous parental panties to bunch up when she read to a group of first and third graders at Compton, CA’s Emerson Elementary School last week as part of the Read Across America program. Apparently, despite the fact that Grey has been out of the adult business for more than two years now, and also despite the fact that a bunch of first graders wouldn’t recognize her as a porn star (provided their parents were doing their jobs), just being around that slutty, slutty book lover might’ve been enough to turn those seven-year-olds to lives of iniquity.
When faced with parental scrutiny, the school made an unwise move (considering there was both photo and Twitter documentation of the event) and tried to deny she’d ever been there in the first place. “We have several celebrities who read to our students each year,” a rep for the school district told TMZ. “The actress you have indicated [Sasha] was not present.” Except, a whole bunch of adorable pictures of Sasha Grey reading to the children would say otherwise.
For her part, Grey has released a statement in her trademark no-nonsense style reaffirming her commitment to helping children, as well as her right to be a well-rounded person and not some cartoon caricature of a fallen woman.
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.
Sorry for fangirling out for a moment, but I’m pretty impressed with how Grey has thus far managed to make her pearl-clutching detractors look like the big, immature babies they are every step of the way. I mean, does it seem fair to you that someone who’s been a sex worker at one point should never be allowed around children for the rest of her life? What if she wants to have kids of her own?
I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you that Sasha Grey 1.) reads books, 2.) worked really hard to get where she is, and 3.) is using her fame and fortune to help people in concrete ways, which is more than you can say for a lot of celebrities out there. Especially the “books” part.