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Sasha Grey reads to elementary schoolers, parents predictably complain

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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.