Compton Review Guest Reader Selection Process
November 17, 2011 by staff
Compton Review Guest Reader Selection Process, Parents at Emerson Elementary School were outraged, and they let the school’s principal and school board know it in no uncertain terms, after photos became public of former adult star Sasha Grey reading to one of its classes.
“People like her should not be around children. It’s a lack of respect to the children and society,” parent Teresa Martinez said.
“It should have been someone making the distinction as to what kind of actress she was before she read to my child,” parent Tiana Harris said.
“They could not find a fireman or a police officer?” asked parent Dudley Wheaton. “They had to get a p*rn star?”
What specifically, you may ask, could a fireman or police officer do better than a former p*rn star? Why, read a book to first- and third-graders!
“We have several celebrities who read to our students each year,” an Emerson spokesperson told TMZ. “The actress you indicated was not present.”
But this was apparently a lie, since video of the reading has been posted to YouTube, and several photos appear at TMZ.com.
Not everyone agreed with the bigots, however.
“It doesn’t bother me as long as she wasn’t revealing a whole lot of anything. She was properly dressed,” said one child’s mother, who asked not to be identified.
Grey, the star of Steven Soderberg’s The Girlfriend Experience and the upcoming I Melt with You, who also had a pivotal role on the HBO series Entourage, and whose book, Neu Sex, was published earlier this year, recently announced her retirement from acting in adult movies.
“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 FOX411′s Pop Tarts column. “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.”
Grey also gave TMZ a statement regarding her elementary school experience.
“I am proud to have participated in the ‘Read Across America’ program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA,” she stated. “I read Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey to the sweetest 1st and 3rd grade children.
“‘Read Across America’ is a program that was designed to promote literacy and instill a lifelong love of reading in elementary school students. Promoting education is an effort that is close to my heart. Illiteracy contributes to poverty; encouraging children to pick up a book is fundamental.
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