Sex, drugs, alcohol: PTC and parents up in arms about new racy ‘Skins’ series
The Parents Television Council (PTC) and some parents are up in arms about the new MTV “Skins” series, a racy new teen drama that is currently being investigated for violating pornography and exploitation laws.
“I don’t understand how MTV’s directors could think for a second that this show is a good idea,” said Sheryl M. of Bellevue. “It’s sleezy, cheap, and disgusting, and I would never allow my kids to watch it.”
“This is absurd! I watched the show out of curiousity the other night, and I would have been appalled if I knew my 13-year-old was watching this crap!” said Seattle father Tyson J.
But not everyone thinks it’s so bad. “Are you kidding? What is wrong with people? This show is just a depiction of what really goes on out there. What, can’t people accept that?” said one Renton mom who wished to remain anonymous.
“I’d like to see this Renton mom’s kids, if she has any,” Sheryl said. “Go figure she wants to remain anonymous, I think she’d get slammed with her attitude. Kids should not be seeing this crap, period! And another thing, it’s disturbing for parents to watch.”
Undoubtedly this is going to be a highly controversial issue because some will see the foul language, illegal drug use, pervasive sexual content, to name a few, as inappropriate for national television, while others will believe it’s OK. After all, it is reality TV, right?
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The Parents Television Council isn’t happy about the new show, either. They’ve written a letter to the Department of Justice and U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees Thursday. In their letter, they said they counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol which stars cast members as young as 15 – and that was on one show, the series premier.
“The episode included all manner of foul language, illegal drug use, illegal activity as well as thoroughly pervasive sexual content. Moreover, future episodes promise much more of the same,” PTC President Tim Winter wrote. “It is clear that [MTV’s parent company] Viacom has knowingly produced material that may well be in violation of [several child pornography laws].”
The PTC is serious about this. They had previously called for a boycott of Taco Bell for advertising during the show.
Taco Bell announced Thursday that it would pull its ads.
“Upon further review, we’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming,” Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch said in a statement.
Skins is a remake of a controversial British series with the same name. Skins premiered in the states Monday and featured candid depictions of teen sex and drug use.
Check out photos from Skins.
Watch clips from Skins.
Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that a number of Viacom executives met over concerns that the show could violate pornography laws.
MTV did not confirm the meeting, but said it was “confident” Skins complied with federal laws.
“Skins is a show that addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way,” the network said in a statement.
“We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards.
“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.”
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Source: Seattle PI, TV Guide