Former porn star Sasha Grey is a published author, a musician, an actor with over a dozen mainstream film credits, and an activist. Now, she can add "believer that the children are our future" to her already-impressive list of credentials, with her latest gig participating in Read Across America at Emerson Elementary in Compton, California. Unfortunately, some parents at Emerson disagree that Grey is the ideal candidate to teach the children well and let them lead the way; nor do they think Grey should show them all the beauty they possess inside/give them a sense of pride. Outraged parents are protesting Grey's participation in the program, and Emerson school officials are denying that she was even there. Way to teach your kids the greatest love of all is inside of them, Compton grown-ups. 

The uproar started after Grey tweeted earlier this month: "spent the am with Read Across America Compton, reading to the sweetest 1st and 3rd grade students @ emerson elementary!" Although Grey did not mention whether the selected reading for the day was "One Fish Two Fish" or the screenplay for her 2007 feature, "Blow Me Sandwich 11," PTA parents were nonetheless apoplectic, complaining to school district officials who later denied that Grey was present during the event (photos of Grey reading to the classroom, however, indicate otherwise).

For her part, Grey has issued a statement through TMZ insisting that she will not bow out of the program in the face of parental pressure, saying, "I have a past that some people might not agree with, but it does not define who I am... I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives." Those who have seen eleven fists compete for one of Grey's orifices might view those remarks with incredulity, but I say girlfriend is absolutely right about not letting her past define her — a man is more than the sum of his parts, and Grey is more than the sum of the ten-inch, blood-engorged parts that have slapped her across the face. She's got nothing to be ashamed of, and either way elementary-school students aren't going to learn anything about the values of tolerance and open-mindedness, if their parents don't tell them that the nice lady reading "One Fish Two Fish" to them is as worthwhile an individual as anyone else. 

Commentarium (38 Comments)

Nov 13 11 - 7:54pm
Dead Eye Jack

Jeez... what a curious melange of memories and emotions will afflict some of these youngsters when they stumble upon her oeuvre in latter years... particularly the more ah... drool-saturated works.

Nov 13 11 - 9:01pm
Dynamic

I know there is a joke in there somewhere....

"One Fish Two Fish"...no that's not it...

uhm.... I wonder how the parents and who where the parents who figured out who Sasha is....

Either way, the only people who should be ashamed are the outraged parents.

Nov 13 11 - 9:56pm
Xanax

Well, whatever you might say (I'm not against porn or related fields) I still think you are the sum of your experiences. How can a porn-star teach children about certain values and self-respect when she has violated the basic ideas of self-respect. I mean come on, porn and prostitution (yes I'm connecting the two) are the occupations that most women get into when they're either financially unstable or having a low self-esteem.
Let's take the most extreme example (as always done) "here we go mr.Hitler, can you please teach the class about Affirmative Action?"

Nov 14 11 - 6:51pm
<3

"she has violated the basic ideas of self-respect"

That would indicate that you are against porn.

Nov 13 11 - 10:14pm
Really now..

Dickson is right, is there any reason you had to write about her like that? It just makes you seem like an unprofessional douche, not funny like you presumably hoped it would.

Nov 13 11 - 10:42pm
Equidae

Yeah, son of dick should have centered his burns around her mainstream roles. Porn might not define her as person, but porno-esque summarizes her acting abilities quit aptly.

Nov 13 11 - 10:46pm
Equidae

If sasha had been the one giving me assignments, and my teachers had been making porno, I'd probably have graduated college magna cum laude, instead of dropping out of community college.

Nov 13 11 - 11:07pm
um right

I hate the way this is written... a bit condescending which seems hypocritical in the mist of criticizing the parents

Nov 14 11 - 4:01am
nerkums

Or maybe it's funny because both sides of the story are really kind of nuts.

Speaking of things that have nuts on both sides... Sasha Grey!

Nov 14 11 - 10:36am
boop

yes, it is pretty condescending and EJ you didn't pull off whatever it was you were hoping for

Nov 13 11 - 11:07pm
ridic

It's not a surprise that some parents complained - parents complain about everything when it comes to their precious children. What's more shocking is that a piece seemingly in her defense would be written so tastelessly.

Nov 14 11 - 6:51pm
<3

+1

Nov 14 11 - 2:04am
To The Editor....

Always a big mistake to put a female reporter on a story involving a female porn star unless she's reporting on her demise. Reason being is women are unconsciously hostile towards female porn stars and for good reason. Porn threatens the power women hold over men and this reporter's witty repartees and snotty insinuations shows that (yuck-yuck) in spite of Sasha Grey's many achievements, she's still nothing "more than the sum of the ten-inch, blood-engorged parts that have slapped her across the face". So E J, how many fists have competed for one of your orifices? (yuck-yuck)

Nov 14 11 - 1:33pm
EJ Dickson

You're entitled to your opinion about the tone of the post, but much of your comment says less about how you felt about the story and more about how you feel about women; who, in my experience, are not "unconsciously hostile towards female porn stars" for any of the reasons you cite. Many women have complicated feelings about porn, but they have nothing to do with feeling threatened by the female performers; mostly, we just think it's funny that they're always rocking such crazy manicures.

(And the answer to your question is, none...but I will steadfastly defend other fists' right to compete for orifices, up to and including Grey's).

Nov 14 11 - 4:10am
Funny...

If you think about it, this is all about hypocrisy and grandstanding. What grounds do they really have to mock or criticize her? She fucks who she wants to fuck. The same goes for moralistic hypocrites...although they are ashamed to admit it. It's not like she was getting a DP in front of the kids while screaming out the words to the book... People really need to get over the religion/sex complex...it's so medieval.

Nov 14 11 - 5:44am
sara

I agree with Nerkums (and I found this story funny. I liked the way it was written). I happen to hate Sasha Grey; I hate how she is promoted as "the thinking man's porn star" because she can form a coherent sentence. I generally find her fairly obnoxious but if she wanted to read to my (hypothetical as yet to be a glimmer in anyone's eye) children in elementary school, it wouldn't be a problem. Parents are so silly.

Nov 14 11 - 9:28am
BrosephofArimathea

Just keep her away from the restrooms.

Nov 14 11 - 9:45am
NN

Its so clear that none of the commentators here have kids. This isn't moralizing over what she does with her life, it is not wanting to explain to your child that the semi-famous person who just read her a book has garnered so much attention not because of her talent, but because she is willing to stick more dicks up her than other chicks and do so on film.

Change the culture all you want, but don't use my child's reading room as a way of telling others to get over their 'medieval religion/sex complex'!

Also, the author does sound like a prick and isn't funny at all.

Nov 14 11 - 2:32pm
Funny...

Sure, maybe you'd rather explain to your kids why Kim Kardashian is famous instead? Talk about double standards and issues...

Nov 14 11 - 4:27pm
NN

But thats just it isn't it? I can limit my child's exposure to such people by turning off the tv or reading a book to them. In other words I can choose the time and manner of that discussion. I don't expect to see those efforts thwarted by a porn star showing up on Sesame Street or in a child's reading room at the library.

Nov 14 11 - 4:45pm
Funny...

Thwarted? I would agree if Sasha Grey was actually doing something wrong in the classroom, but she wasn't. Just because you don't like what she has done legally and for a living doesn't mean she doesn't have the right to read to some kids. I'm not telling you should tell your kids to aspire to be porn stars. I'm saying that there's too much shame attached to sex in modern society, almost directly related to the influence of religion and men who want to control women.

Nov 14 11 - 6:53pm
<3

Okay, what first grader is going to know who she is, at least until they start googling for porn in seven or eight years?

Nov 14 11 - 11:22am
Stalinout

Thoughs parents are just hypocrites plain & simple at least she can "READ" to others.

Nov 14 11 - 11:37am
fishstix

I'd be angry too if my last name was Dick-in-son!

Nov 14 11 - 1:21pm
JCB

I'd be less worried about her porn past and more worried her flat affect and cold, dead eyes would scare the children.

But at risk of sounding like a moralizing, sex-negative blankety-blank, I kind of get where the parents are coming from. Kids these days are highly internet savvy, and her porn oeuvre is more violent and degrading than most. Not to mention with her Twitter announcements, self-righteous "statements" and the TMZ exclusive photos taken inside the class, it comes across as a publicity stunt on her part and that's pretty icky when kids are involved.

I think if she had done this quietly under her real name, without cameras and without mentioning the school by name on her porn persona's Twitter feed (you know, like most people who read to kids do) this would be a non-issue.

Nov 14 11 - 1:24pm
JCB

Just to clarify, Sasha Grey is her stage name - she has a civilian identity not linked to porn. And she announced on @SashaGrey "Spent the am with Read Across America Compton, reading to the sweetest 1st & 3rd grade students @ Emerson Elementary!"

My question is, WHY would she link this program and school to her porn industry persona, making it easier for the kids to discover her body of work? Why couldn't she have done this quietly, under her real name, without cameras like normal people do? I smell a big stinky, kind of creepy publicity stunt.

Nov 14 11 - 3:46pm
nerkums

Agree!

Nov 14 11 - 2:23pm
just some random

I will say this, i have met a few porn stars in the most random of places, and the one thing they hate is being viewed as a porn star when they are not working. Sure she took it in the bum many times but hell she made a living off it, and she was able to be published and also make a step into the mainstream media. If anything she is a perfect candidate to do this for the fact she has a shady past. Think of scared straight, but not as in your face.

Nov 14 11 - 2:37pm
chicating

Yeah, that slut.
Pretending she's a person with different sides...how dare she?

Nov 14 11 - 9:29pm
JCB

Yeah, those sex-negative idiot parents.
Not wanting their kids to be part of a porn star's publicity stunt...how dare they?

Nov 25 11 - 9:38pm
Jess

It's volunteer work, not a publicity stunt. Have some faith in people and their good intentions.

Nov 15 11 - 7:35pm
walks like a duck

A porn star IS a prostitute (sex for $) and white trash is white trash.......any ?'s

Nov 15 11 - 7:36pm
walks like a duck

A porn star IS a prostitute (sex for $) and white trash is white trash.......any ?'s

Nov 19 11 - 3:20pm
aatish

i great love shasha give me ur e mail id pls kindly

Nov 20 11 - 3:05am
Play04

Not means about love nd sex. But know prsnly love .i m fall in love.

Nov 20 11 - 10:14pm
Karinthia

I never thouhgt I would find such an everyday topic so enthralling!

Nov 21 11 - 2:34pm
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Mar 23 12 - 12:30pm
Laura

People need to get over this puritanical hang up over sex workers. It's just...old and weak.