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Porn icon Sasha Grey reads to first-graders at NEA-sponsored event
The Daily Caller ^ | 11/11/2011 | Jordan Bloom

Posted on 11/12/2011 2:49:57 PM PST by markomalley

Parents of Emerson Elementary in Compton, California, are up in arms over the school’s decision to invite former porn star Sasha Grey to read to a group of first and third-grade students, at an National Education Association-sponsored event called Read Across America.

TMZ obtained photos of the event, but when they contacted school administrators, they were less than forthcoming about the decision to invite the winner of the 2010 AVN award for best anal sex scene.  The award is sponsored and presented by the adult video industry trade magazine Adult Video News.

The school district flatly denied inviting the former porn star, telling TMZ, “we have several celebrities who read to our students each year. The actress you have indicated [Sasha] was not present.”

But Grey herself tweeted about the experience.

“Spent the am with Read Across America Compton, reading to the sweetest 1st & 3rd grade students @ Emerson Elementary,” read a November 2nd post.

Grey is an author herself, having published “Neu Sex,” a collection of artistic photos and essays, back in March.

After the photos were released, she defended her decision to participate in a statement, saying “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.”

Perhaps the administrators initially thought that Grey’s recent career change toward more mainstream roles made her a more appropriate elementary school guest. The actress, who once won a Best Oral Sex award for her film “Throat: A Cautionary Tale,” has since acted in a film directed by Steven Soderbergh and appeared regularly in HBO’s Entourage.

“From now on I will not be playing roles where I play a version of myself, or a hooker, for a very long time,” she told Fox News. “I think ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ and ‘Entourage’ were the best places to play those two roles and it can’t get any better. I don’t want to repeat myself, and I think if I continue to take those types of roles I will only be given those roles.”

“The National Education Association and their local partners should take steps to insure that the Read Across America program does not introduce children to notorious performers of pornography,” Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council told The Daily Caller. “Parents have every right to be outraged about her appearance.”

But Frederick Hess, and education policy expert at the American Enterprise Institute doesn’t see what the big deal is.

“If she was talking about adult films or other inappropriate subjects, thats obviously another question. But only problem I have with this … is the district’s lack of candor,” he told TheDC.

Emerson Elementary School principal Sydney Ritchey-Burnett and the NEA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

According to the NEA’s website, Read Across America is “an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.”

She read “Dog Breath,” by Dave Pilkey.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: democrats; liberals; moralabsolutes; nea; sashagrey
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To: Smokin' Joe

Yeah, that’s all I was saying. When I was a kid the internet was decades away. If I couldn’t find it in the school library or the Encyclopedia Britannica I wasn’t going to find it.


101 posted on 11/14/2011 9:42:50 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye
When I was a kid the internet was decades away. If I couldn’t find it in the school library or the Encyclopedia Britannica I wasn’t going to find it.

Same here, and I spent hours poring over the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

102 posted on 11/15/2011 6:36:27 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: garbanzo; Squantos; dixiechick2000

I’m married to a former brunette with brown eyes....I understand.

This gal can be a whore all she wants...you will get no argument from me...we have always needed whores and they have always been around...that is what a porn gal is actually...sex for money..all she wants.... Very few laws against it.

But she has to be willing to accept societal shunning for it. Folk tolerate it but condemn it largely as an unacceptable career choice and demeaning to women...her’s certainly is...even to someone like me who is far from a fembot. She chooses roles in which she is cheated like a multi orificed rag doll...a dinner napkin to be slopped around after a large messy feast if you get my drift. She should expect to be looked at with a flinty eye...no matter how many Soderbergh flicks she does...her only mainstream outing I know of..and yes...she was tolerable actually.

It’s like in older days being King’s consort was tolerated but she didn’t expect to sit at the King’s table as a rule. The nobility would be in uproar as surely as over Caligula’s horse. You were his whore and knew your place.

Porn gals should know their’s.

This girl has to have issues even though she is definitely cute...I have seen women slut up pretty serious in my day and do stuff that I never figured..usually at parties and “high” on something but Sasha Grey does stuff that normal women even if really high and randy won’t do...over and over. I suspect molestation...that is the usual refrain..who knows...something is broke in her soul...shame for her actually. She will now be known as a public whore forever. Whoever damaged her should pay a price at the gates.


103 posted on 11/15/2011 8:10:51 AM PST by wardaddy (Ethnonationalist...I'll cop to that....Suicide of a Superpower...I've decided for Newt)
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To: Smokin' Joe

I did too.

Which is why we are all wankers now on Free Republic ain’t it?

my brain still remembers all these facts of history etc that post folks never knew and most people have no such aptitude and find folks who do that like us...to be irritating

poring over encylopedias and Classics Illustrated too...really gave me a heads up as a boy...no question


104 posted on 11/15/2011 8:13:38 AM PST by wardaddy (Ethnonationalist...I'll cop to that....Suicide of a Superpower...I've decided for Newt)
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To: Stepan12

ATMS? I’m gonna hate myself for asking,but what is it?


105 posted on 11/15/2011 6:19:50 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Straight and proud.)
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To: markomalley

‘She read “Dog Breath,”’ When you act like a filthy dog you deserve to be kept out of polite society or put down.


106 posted on 02/06/2012 3:21:43 PM PST by trumpetvine
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