Parents Furious That Porn Star Read To Their Kids

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Sasha Grey participates in Read Across America

Via TMZ

Parents at a school in California were positively apoplectic after they found out that retired porn star Sasha Grey read to first- and third-grade students as part of a Read Across America event.

The school swooped in to insist that Grey--who won "best anal sex scene" at the AVN Awards last year--did no such thing. 

Too bad for them TMZ has pictures indicating otherwise. 

Read Across America is sponsored by the National Education Association, and works toward the admirable goal of getting kids to read more. While their official celebration day is March 2, they sponsor and encourage literary programs throughout the year. Grey was a guest reader at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA, earlier this month. 

So parents are upset that a porn star--albeit a retired one--was allowed near their kids. And the school administrators look pretty foolish, after so strongly denying she was at the school. 

Now, from the photos, it's pretty clear that Grey is fully-clothed as she reads to the children. She is not actively doing porn to anyone, nor is she reading porn books to the children. I also doubt there was any kind of porn Q&A involved with her visit. So is this a big deal? 

On one hand, yes, Grey spent a good bit of time as a hardcore porn star. And when I say hardcore, I mean it. (Uh, not that I would know. Just... I've heard...) At the same time she's found mainstream success in her post-porn career, with roles in HBO's Entourage and Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience. She also published a book, Neu Sex, earlier this year. 

I'm not a parent, and maybe if I was I would feel differently, but I question all the sturm und drang. Really, I'm just curious to know whose bright idea it was to ask Grey in the first place. If she's passionate about promoting literacy, that's great, and I'm not saying she shouldn't be allowed to do it. But did they really think this wasn't going to ignite a shitstorm? 

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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine November 11, 2011 - 12:46pm

So many things to say.

First of all, is it wrong that I find that picture highly erotic? She can read to my children any day.

Secondly, I agree, whose bright idea was this? Regardless, I feel like Grey totally knew this would cause an uproar and did it for the publicity. Ex-pornstars cum (heyo!) mainstream "talent" need to eat, too. 

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Waterhouse from Columbus is reading Bullet Park, John Cheever November 11, 2011 - 1:00pm

Man does she look haggard, but she was never that hot to begin with. What I know of her is that she is a pretentious twit, though it appears she is smart enough to realize she is on the down hill slope and looking for some publicity to keep her name out there.

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Vinny Mannering from Boston, MA. USA is reading On Fiction Writing November 11, 2011 - 1:03pm

This is taking place in Compton? I think the parents are probably just jealous that Sasha Grey CAN read.

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Charlotte Moore November 11, 2011 - 1:08pm

None of those kids would be here if their parents hadn't fucked. I mean, shouldn't they be THANKING Grey for being an inspiration? Maybe one of those adorable little anklebiters was conceived BECAUSE of Sasha Grey.

Just sayin'.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine November 11, 2011 - 1:09pm

@Vinny - Hahaha. Ouch.

@Waterhouse - I think she looks pretty good. It's just that SOMEBODY stole a low-res, watermarked TMZ image.

*Looks in Rob's direction.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this November 11, 2011 - 1:22pm

Hey man, it's watermarked, so it's not stealing.

And also she is incredibly hot and anyone who doesn't agree is wrong and I would marry her if she asked. 

So there. 

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EricWojo from Livonia, Michigan is reading The Brothers Karamazov November 11, 2011 - 1:59pm

Yeah, I guess it's a bad thing to have a woman reading to kids who spent her early career giving orgasms out either on film or at keyboards.  Making people happy and sedated is a bad thing, I guess.

But having Jessica Alba read to kids, that's better.  Ya know, the actress that played a stripper in Sin City.  Or maybe Uma Thurman, who played the Bride in the ultra-violent Kill Bill movies.

Don't get me wrong, I dig both these actresses.  And Kill Bill ranks #3 on my all time best list.  But if you can't figure out my point or sarcasm, feel free to read the next post.

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justkristin from the basement is reading whatever is within reach November 11, 2011 - 2:15pm

Parents worried about a (fully-clothed) porn star coming to read (age-appropriate) books to their kids must live somewhere I don't, because I had, as a breeder-by-surprise, a lot more important things to worry about where my child's well-being was concerned. These are the same parents that argued with me, when I did my year as a B&N Kids dept. lead, about whether their children:

- should be allowed to pick what they want to read ("They *want* to read! Why would you want to ruin it by insisting on only non-fiction, or forbidding them the joys of Junie B. Jones and Captain Underpants because you find themto be too negative an influence, or disallowing comics, graphic novels or humor because they will not learn anything?")

- can possibly read more than one book at a time ("Do you only watch one TV series at a time until it ends and only then start a new one? Is your mental capacity so limited that you can't handle more than one story-line at a time? If it is, but your kid seems to be better endowed, why would you want him to become less able?")

- have any business at all in the adult (age, not euphemistic genre) section of the store ("Are you worried about their ending up over their heads in the information pool? Or simply concerned that, should they explore something you don't understand, you won't have any answers for them? Wouldn't you love to take on that exploration together?")

Nothing makes me madder than parents who don't understand their children's curiosity, and/or who want to control it, and/or who are bothered by the method of its delivery. Idiots.

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Shea from Ontario, Canada is reading The Eagle of the Ninth November 11, 2011 - 2:14pm

Wow, ya that's a pretty stupid move. I guess it could make sense if she had children attending that school, but otherwise it's just weird. That said, she is a pornographer not a pedophile, people need to chill.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break November 11, 2011 - 3:16pm

Sasha's RESPONSE

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Waterhouse from Columbus is reading Bullet Park, John Cheever November 11, 2011 - 3:25pm

Maybe it is the photo but she is looking a bit bloaty around the face-- a bit "rode hard and put away wet" as they say. But then, hearing her in interviews made me dislike her before I ever saw any porn with her.

Now Madison Stone (who has her her own tattoo shop now)... now there was a hot porn star!

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norfitz November 11, 2011 - 3:57pm

Classy comments, folks - you're weighing in on whether she's attractive? I'm no bluenose, but kids are becoming sexualized so young that I have no idea how I would go about protecting a daughter or son from porn and its numbing of their young senses and minds. I see preteens dressed slutty and have to conclude that the culture has told them that's where their value lies and they are responding to that.

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. November 11, 2011 - 6:45pm

Wow, I was watching her videos today -_____-

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razorsharp from Ohio is reading Atlas Shrugged November 11, 2011 - 8:38pm

The parents have a reason to be pissed. While I'm sure the school didn't tell these kids that she was a porn star (they probably didn't even know), we all know what will pop up when the kids Google her name.

Also, in regards to her being a 'legitimate' actress: In Entourage she played herself. Check out The Girlfriend Experience on IMDB - she plays a whore. I haven't seen it, but I did notice it in the video store - it has one of those 'Must be 18 to rent' stickers, meaning it goes beyond the limits of an R rating.

I seriously doubt she did this because she wanted to promote literacy. Her indignant response just highlights how stupid she is, acting as if reading to these kids has some positive effect. All she did was create an awkward situation for these kids' parents and teachers. There are a million charities out there but she deliberately chose the one that would create controversy for herself. It's self-promotion, not charity.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine November 11, 2011 - 9:01pm

in the video store - it has one of those 'Must be 18 to rent' stickers, meaning it goes beyond the limits of an R rating.

No it doesn't.

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David Welsh from New Hampshire is reading The Shining November 11, 2011 - 9:17pm

I think the biggest problem here is that the school even let her read in the first place. Not because it is wrong, but the result here is entirely predictable.

That said, the predictable response from the parents is stupid, if natural. She's a girl, who maybe made mistakes, maybe regrets them or not, and she's moved on to want to do something more. If that means playing fictionalized versions of herself in movies and appropriately reading books to children, then I think that's great. She's still very young, but she's smart and mature.

A lot of times people would say "Well, what if it was your daughter that made those filthy movies!" I think it's really interesting that Grey made those filthy movies, and then decided "Hey, I can do better." If my daughter ever did anything like that, I'd be proud if she pulled herself out of it.

If anything, I think Grey should be speaking to high schools.

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miraculousmeani... from Washburn, WI is reading your mind November 12, 2011 - 6:46am

Haha. This is awesome. I say Kudos to Sasha Grey. She seems like a really cool chick. I think anyone who has a problem with this is, at heart, an awful jackass. That's just my opinion.

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Rob from New York City is reading at a fast enough pace it would be cumbersome to update this November 12, 2011 - 9:45am

David, I think it's a little degrading and presumptuous to say that because Grey had done porn she's "made some mistakes." Sexuality is different for everyone. Some people enjoy exhibitionism, and she took it a step further, building a career of it. She wasn't forced to do it. She didn't star in a ton of films by accident. She wasnt doing it so she could keep herself hooked on crank.

She was a business woman who then used her career in the adult film industry for mainstream acting roles, modeling, and to publish a book. And by all accounts, she's not some kind of anti- porn crusader now.

Might she look back and wish she had done things a little differently, maybe. But I know plenty of people who work in offices and feel like that. To assume she's some misguided little girl who made the mistake of letting a bunch of guys fuck her on camera is a little 'holier than thou'.

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Nathan from Louisiana (South of New Orleans) is reading Re-reading The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, The Bone Weaver's Orchard by Sarah Read November 12, 2011 - 12:34pm

So if I understand it, they have a problem with her sucking dick, and then they take issue with her using her time to read books to children instead. You just can't win with some people. 

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Nathan from Louisiana (South of New Orleans) is reading Re-reading The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste, The Bone Weaver's Orchard by Sarah Read November 13, 2011 - 8:42am

http://news.yahoo.com/ex-porn-star-reading-la-students-causes-stir-19523...

That's just some more I saw on it when I woke up and sat down with my coffee this morning. It's a basic report of what we already know, but the comments section is on fire with some great and funny stuff. 

Check out the time of the report, too -It's good to see LitReactor beating these guys to the punch (and by a whole day at that!) 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 13, 2011 - 9:16pm

The Moms are just mad because their husbands all probably knew who the woman was from their um research in their offices at home.

I mean, it's not like she's this triple D breasts Courtney Love looking slutbag, she looks like a Soccer Mom now and we all know Soccer Moms give out blowjobs anyway to underage boys JUST KIDDING>

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ShockDiamond February 17, 2012 - 4:02pm

I think more problems lay within the parents than anything.  None of the children from first to third grade have any such knowledge of her background, profession, or anything that could even be slightly harmful to these children.

If your children in grades 1-3 know who this lady is by profession, you had better check to make sure your porn collection hasn't been tampered with.  Maybe grabbing that DVD and stashing it with the Disney DVDs, or not closing your web browser and clearing the Internet cache is about the only reasons whatsoever your kids would have any knowledge of her profession.  That's not her fault - that's your fault.

The guilt here lays within the parents.  If they had nothing to be ashamed of themselves, they would not be linking adult material to their children at all.  I agree by the time your children are 8 and 9 years old, they *may* be exposed to adult entertainment via cable TV, satellite or the Internet.  However, if this is true, it is solely *your* responsibility to censor this media.  All relatively modern digital TV receivers, satellite receivers and computers with XP or higher have filters.

If you don't know, it's up to you to educate yourself.  Call your local cable or satellite technical support for real-time instructions on how to set up those parental features.  Call Microsoft if you own a retail version of Windows  - or computer technical support for OEM - if you have no idea how to set up restricted accounts and filter adult material, violence, drugs, etc.

This just isn't the fault of 1) the actress or 2) the school or 3) the program.  She's doing a very good thing with her time to help your children.   How many parents actually read to their children and help teach them how to read?

Open your mind and educate yourself as well as your children.  Do not blame the once-adult actress for taking an interest in your childrens' future.