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Social Issues – An attempted donation in the name of former porn star Sasha Grey to Read Across America has been rejected by the program’s founding organization, the National Education Association (NEA), America’s largest teacher’s union.
Assence Films is releasing a film featuring a scene by Grey this week, and was set to donate a portion of the proceeds to the the reading program. However, it was rejected on account of the actress’s background and the film in question. Of course, the film is titled “Anal Artists,” so maybe it’s no surprise, then, that the donation was not accepted.
The NEA’s rejection of the money on account of its origin seems foolhardy, considering the desperate poverty in which much of the American education system resides. Choosing to reject support because of social stigma seems to be a questionable decision at best, and one that will only discourage people like Grey from helping those who need it the most.
Grey received quite a bit of backlash in November when she did a reading at an elementary school in California. In response to the, well, response, Grey wrote, “I have a past that some people may not agree with, but it does not define who I am.” She insists, however, she will continue to “support education and partake in education-focused initiatives.”
Read more at the Huffington Post.
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