A few days ago photos surfaced of former adult film actress Sasha Grey reading to a classroom full of kids in a California school, causing approximately half of the internet to lose its f*cking mind. According to her Twitter and TMZ, which obtained the photos and posted them on the web, Grey was a volunteer reader at a “Read Across America” event at Emerson Elementary School in Compton. She read “Dog Breath” to a bunch of first and third graders.
I posted the photo above to my Tumblr without any sort of commentary just because I thought the image of Sasha Grey in a classroom holding up Dr. Seuss books alone was kinda funny and there really wasn’t anything to add. It has since garnered over 4200 Tumblr “notes,” many of them mindbogglingly stupid. For instance…
Not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed that I had no idea who Sasha Grey is, but yeah – I didn’t. So I googl’d ‘er.
And yeah…I don’t think I would want the person reading stories to my kid to have won the following awards:
“Best Three Way Sex Scene”
“Best Group Scene” (They mean ‘orgy’, y’all)
“Best Oral Sex Scene”
Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with working in porn, I just wouldn’t want my daughter to come home talking about this ‘nice lady’ who read them books, only to later come to me asking, “what’s an orgy?”
Oh for f*ck’s sake.
What the hell is wrong with people? Sasha Grey got paid to have sex on camera. To my knowledge, she never broke any laws in the course of doing so and has never been convicted of a crime. It’s a choice she made that has little to no effect on the day-to-day life of the average person. When she finished performing her scenes she cleaned herself off and put on clothes before she went outside, just like most everyone else who engages in sexual activity. She doesn’t walk around with one eye closed shut due to an excessive accumulation of dried up semen while a huge black dildo hangs out of her ass. The things she did for money on camera bear little difference to the things people currently teaching kids in America do in their free time when they’re not at work. I know this may be hard for some people to, ahem, swallow, but the person who taught your child arithmetic at school today may have engaged in anal sex and gotten a load of jizz shot on his or her face last night. The same goes for whoever taught your kid Sunday School at church last week. (Actually, the Sunday School teacher is probably into ever more deviant, sick stuff than facials and a$s-f*cking.) That activity, HOWEVER, had absolutely no effect on your child. Zilch. Nada. None. Deal with it. Sasha Grey did not walk into that class and start blowing a kid while another took her from behind on the desk.
Instead of being bashed, Sasha Grey should be lauded for giving some of her time to such a cause. Did YOU read to any children today? No, you probably didn’t, nor is it likely that the people who are calling on Grey to be removed from the reading initiative did either, prompting her to issue a statement earlier today…
“I believe education is a universal right. I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent…I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner. 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.”
Bottom line: I’d feel more comfortable leaving a kid alone with Sasha Grey for a few hours than I would with a priest any goddamn day.