Tuesday, February 7, 2012

No Ass Money, No Thanks Sasha Grey

In short, no ass money wanted!!! Thank you very much Miss Sasha Grey and Assence Films. Ah... But wait.
  • Sasha Grey herself has not offered to donate any money to the National Education Association's Read Across America Program.
  • Grey is a former porn star, who retired over a year ago.
  • Assence Films is set to release one of her last performances vis a vis their film, Anal Artists.
  • Assence has made the donation offer in her name, although she has no apparent knowledge of this action.
  • The NEA has declined to accept any proceeds from the film, Anal Artists.
  • Howard Levine, head of Exile Distributions (the firm actually moving Anal Artists forwards), asserts that the NEA's refusal is discriminatory.

A few months back Grey made headlines when she was involved in a reading program in Compton, California. Initially, she was thought by the locals to be an actress, who had performed in Entourage. To that extent, she did.* However her career as an adult film artist was not seemingly known... although query why not? No Google in California? She was then and remains a well known adult entertainer and it is odd that educated people were so head-in-the-sand. Odd...

Despite Sasha's efforts, she was rebuffed from continuing her reading to the kids. There has been no indication that her participation and motivation in the reading program had been anything but proper and altruistic. Tweeting on the subject she expressed her feelings.
I am proud to have participated in the "Read Across America" program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA. 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. 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. To challenge non-profit education programs is an exercise in futility, counter-productive and anti-educational. I cannot thank my fans and “Read Across America” enough for supporting my decision. Your support and kind words continue to inspire me. I believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives.
The gist of this dust up is, right-o, money. Oh no, not the money that would have been donated from the film proceeds. No indeed! It's the boost in advertising this dust up has generated. Anal Artists has gone viral. Everybody in the mainstream has now been exposed to the release of this film (February 8.) And while most people will elect not to support the film, the exposure of Anal Artists to the general news feed will have great benefit to Mr. Levine, Assence and Exile.

Good!! After just getting through the Super Bowl, the biggest mish-mash of promotion and grandiose advertising, Levine's ploy is amusing. After all this is America, a place where the bottom line rules. The NEA can stratify the sources of its donations all it wants, but the fact of the matter remains the notion of pornography and kids is an oil and water scenario. And so it must come to pass that the NEA must forego Levine's offer.

Give Mr. Levine credit. A huskster, he is a smooth operator. Grey, for her part, seems guiltless and with good intentions. Nonetheless, Sasha's persona makes the whole thing go inasmuch as it's her ass on the line. Of tangential interest is the old saw about America's Victorian and prudish personality when it comes to sex. While the country's greatest football spectacle is steeped in sex with it racy dollar generating ads and its half time pelvic pounding performances, deus forbid the adult film industry and what it means... Is it true that the most popular use of the internet is porn?

David Beckham's superbowl ad

Well, tomorrow is the 8th. It will be fun to see how it all plays out. No doubt Anal Artists will be a big ticket item of interest. And justifiably so, now that everybody knows her name. Sasha Grey, Sasha Grey, Sasha Grey, Sasha Grey, Sasha Grey, Sa-s-h--a G-r--e----y. And she seems like a smart and nice person.


*Sasha played herself in Entourage. She was a porn star, who became Vince's girl friend. There was no question she was and is an adult film star.

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