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What Would You Do If a Porn Star Visited Your Kid's School? MomTalk

Parents of first-graders cry foul when a celebrity with a past participates in a district reading program.

When I heard about this little gem, I envisioned dads (and maybe moms) of first graders at Emerson Elementary School in California counting the minutes until the guest reader arrived. In the past, they never would have considered calling in sick. But today was different. Sasha Gray would be reading.

Gray is a former porn star chosen earlier this month by an outside talent agency to participate in the Compton Unified School District's celebrity reading program.

She was dressed appropriately. No plunging necklines. No moans at the turn of every page. No sex advice given. No goody bags filled with lube and condoms. Just a book read to some unsuspecting 6 year olds.  

No one would have known about her past had parents not publicly cried foul, an indication that certain parents were a bit more porn savvy than others.   

The school passed the buck to the talent coordinator who they say identified the celebrity not by name but by her status as a "mainstream actress from the HBO series Entourage." But then you have to wonder why school officials would go along with it. This was an actress from an adult TV series unrecognizable to most if not all first-graders.

As a parent, I think a better choice could have been made. Do I bemoan the actress? Of course not. But I would have addressed school officials (if it troubled me that deeply), assuming I knew of the actress and her background, discretely. Personally, I think there are more important wars to wage and this was simply a case of good intentions gone awry.  

The school plans to review the reader selection process to avoid future problems in the program.

Would you be in an uproar if you learned that a former porn star read to your child at school?  

Steve Burke December 01, 2011 at 05:48 AM
At least it wasn't like the Monty Python's skit "Storytime" http://youtu.be/7MstyFwhLy4
Ryan Fitzpatrick December 01, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Too perfect.
Doug December 02, 2011 at 01:34 AM
I'd insist on more parent/teacher conferences!
nate driper May 13, 2012 at 07:08 PM
People need to stop being uptight, superficial, and judgmental. She's a human being who did that as her job. Its a different story and different scenario when you question that when it comes to a guy wanting to marry a chick like that since its personal. This is a woman who lived that lifestyle before and was asked to read to children. Do YOU read to a class of children? Or even have the time or volunteer? Plus the patch needs to get new writers.
delete May 14, 2012 at 04:32 PM
nate driper - then public schooling should fit your no-standards prefence nicely.

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