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MTV’S “SKINS”: Crossing The Line…

January 25, 2011 2 comments

MTV’s new racy show “Skins” is everywhere attracting more than 3 million viewers. Unfortunately the new show seems to be a hit.  However, it’s already running into trouble for it racy cocktail of sex, drugs and teenagers.

Reports have raised major concern that it is crossing the fine line of child pornography with executives at MTV’s parent company, Viacom which has asked MTV to “tone down some of the most explicit content”.  Taco Bell, H&R, Wrigley, GM, Schick and Subway have pulled its ads from the show after an outcry from the Parents Television Council.  Keeping that the show’s actual cast of teenagers, the PTC is “asking the Department of Justice and U.S. Senate and House of Judiciary Committees to open an investigation. MTV’s cop out to several outlets indicate, “We are confident that the episodes of “Skins” will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers.”

Yes “Skins” does infact cross the line and the filming of nudity that may not be seen on television is infact child porn; they have it all on tape.  Unfortunately Skins is the unfortunate reality in many lives of our teens but they DO NOT need encouragement nor to receive the wrong message that it’s okay to partake and act the way that the show is being directed.

On the other hand………yes, it is the responsibility of the parents to “patrol” and be in their kids business ALL OF THE TIME.  You cannot be their “best friend”, you have to be the “P-A-R-E-N-T”.  Our kids are exposed to way too much at way too early of ages; however, NOT ALL TEENS ARE GOING DOWN THESE PATHS.

“Skins” does not deserve the recognition that everyone is putting out there.Many teens are voicing their opinions by stating that the show is ridiculous and that the storyline is terrible.  Many teens are also pleading that the show be taken off of the air because the producers obviously CANNOT relate to teens these days.  All of the teens on Skins look like immature, irresponsible kids.  Ask REAL teenagers of America how things really are in high school.  Adults will be surprised to know that many are incredibly responsible and smart.  Hey as we all know, there are kids out there that act like this show but is it truly to the extent of what is being portrayed?  They are partaking in drugs and sex – let’s be real but again this show is condoning and basically advertising various methods and ideas to our young people and in essence condoning the action.

“Skins” also gives parents yet another reason to view teenager’s as “irresponsible” and “dangerous”.  One question posed is “because it happens in real life does that mean that it’s OK to make a show about it?”  The show is going to encourage more of that behavior.

If you’re a good, concerned parent, your kids will probably watch Skins and be upset just like you. If you’re not, you’re kids are probably doing what you’re seeing on that television and you should shut it off and get involved. Period.

Parents – it’s time to take action in your homes, it’s your J-O-B.

There is no controversy to this show is in my book.  It is downright degrading, demeaning, condones irrational behavior and the fact that it is explicit child porn (those under the age of 18) must be addressed and yes…………YANKED!

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