Brainy porn star Sasha Grey says she was joking when she told Rolling Stone she wanted to drape herself in a Palestinian flag, go on The Howard Stern Show and confront the shock jock for being (as scribe Vanessa Grigoriadis reported in her story) “a closet racist.” Apparently, Stern didn’t see the humor in her remarks, and ripped Grey a new one on his radio show this week.
Grey Tweeted Thursday that her Stern comment to RS in the current issue was “a joke,” that “he grew up in a black neighborhood and extremists don’t support [the] lib[eration of] women’s rights,” and that the comment was mostly an attempt at self-deprecation. Grigoriadis tells RS, “There were three other people at the dinner where Grey said this, and I don’t think any of them would describe her manner as joking.”
When news of the quote reached Stern, he took to the airwaves to lambaste the star of The Girlfriend Experience.
Stern said that, after passing on Grey as a possible guest because “I kind of don’t know anything about her and I don’t care,” he stumbled upon the Rolling Stone piece, and “I said, ‘Thank God I didn’t get started with her.’ That’s just what I would need. I’m here to do a radio show, entertain people, make them laugh; this broad has got some sort of agenda.” (The last time RS got Stern’s attention, it was for our profile of Artie Lange.)
Stern was insulted that “a fucking porn star” who “sucks cock for a living” would call him out as a racist, or try to school him about being politically correct. “Quite frankly, porn stars do great on [Stern’s on demand cable channel] Howard TV and all, but some of them are just so vapid,” he said. “Some of them have something to say. For the most part, I really don’t want to hear a porn star try to prove how intelligent [she is] and her porn is a political statement. I mean, that just sounds absurd to me.
“What a genius,” Stern fumed. “I’m going to sit there and listen to this. Please. Just tell me how much cock you can suck and how far you can swallow a hot dog. That’s what I want to know. I mean, really. How dare you?”