Can Porn Stars Read?

Sasha Grey, an ex-porn-star, recently volunteered some very G-rated talents by visiting Emerson Elementary School near Los Angeles. She appeared as part of the “Read Across America” program, and read a book to 1st and 3rd graders.

Parents did not know ahead of time that she was coming, and when they questioned the school about it, the school denied her presence, stating that they have several celebrities come to the school to read, but Ms. Grey was not among them. Photos posted on Twitter and TMZ.com tell a different story.

Ms. Grey has been out of the porn industry for two years, and most recently has appeared in Entourage as herself.

Parents of many of the children were outraged at her presence, saying that she is an inappropriate role model for children. Others say that, since she is out of the ‘industry’, it’s ok. She’s just another actress. Still others are comparing this appearance to one by President Obama several years ago, when he made a 15-minute speech that was shown in most schools across the country on Cable Channel 1.

What do you think?

photo credit: Town Hall.com

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13 Responses to Can Porn Stars Read?

  1. Joy says:

    I guess the first thing that comes to my mind is how do these children know she’s a porn star? I wouldn’t know a porn star if I bumped into one on the street.

  2. mssc54 says:

    AM I GOING TO HAVE TO POINT OUT THE OBVIOUS HERE?!?!?!?!

  3. SKL says:

    I had a thought similar to Joy’s. How did the parents know to be outraged? I never would have known who the heck she was. My kids certainly would not. Anyone whose kids know she’s a porn star has his own serious problems at home!

    I don’t care if she read to the kids, but what I’d like to know is, why is the school and the organization denying it?

    Now if they’d invited her in to do a “careers” speech, I’d be more concerned, LOL.

  4. mssc54 says:

    Parents are accusing President Obama and the Porn Star of doing the same thing?!

    They BOTH “shaft” people!! HAHAHAHA!!!!

  5. Laura says:

    Apparently, “Sasha Grey” is her porn name, and I’ve seen comments that say that she’s not using that name anymore. Regardless, for the last two years, it is again said that she has not made any adult films. She’s been “mainstream”, in music, modeling and acting since then, and officially retired from the adult film industry in October of this year.

    I am guessing that, since she was reading to kids, she was introduced to – and known by them – as one of the actresses in the show “Entourage”, which she’s most recently involved in. This program recruits a lot of celebrities to read to kids, and apparently, she was just one of many.

    That said, I’m kind of on the fence about her reading to kids. Not because I don’t think she should have the opportunity, or I think she’s going to show up in bondage wear, but because I know what infants parents can be about these things. They will gladly take their children every week and sit them in a pew to listen to an actively alcoholic priest, but they have a serious problem with a woman who was in adult films two years ago and is now walking the straight an narrow.

    I don’t know what those other parents are going to tell THEIR children, and what, in turn those kids are going to tell my kid about what she did. Apparently, she did some pretty vile and disgusting things in her adult career. I don’t want to hear about them, and I certainly don’t want Josh to hear about them.

    So I guess…. I admire her for changing her life, for turning it around and ‘going straight’. But I’m also going to have to say that maybe she should wait a little longer before making the rounds of the schools. And not because of her. But because of the parents.

    • SKL says:

      I think it’s statistically more likely that primary classmates will walk in on their parents at an inopportune time and spread the news at school.

      I think 1st and 3rd grade are too young for “porn” to really be understood, unless they’ve been introduced to it or been sexually abused. They would just think of it as her taking her clothes off in a movie. If that were a criterion for banning prospective readers, most famous actresses would be banned.

      • Laura says:

        No, this one in particular did some pretty graphic stuff. Having someone urinate on her, for example. That’s the kind of thing that would TOTALLY be passed around a primary grade classroom, especially among the boys. Although it might have the side benefit of turning them off porn forever……

  6. Nikki says:

    These kids are too young to know what she did in the past! This is a perfect example of parents starting crap because they can! We have way more important things to worry about when it comes to our kids, to put so much effort into making THIS a big deal!

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