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MTV’s ‘Skins’ Causes All Sorts of American Whining

If MTV was looking to make a big splash in the controversy pool, their premiere of Skins, the American version of the UK sensation, is providing a tidal wave. American parents are upset because they don’t want to accept that their children use sex and drugs to escape them; news outlets are happy because they need someone to blame the newly occurring teen rebellion on; and some people are just pissed that the curse words are bleeped out.

Apparently anything that isn’t sweet and wholesome “glorifies” sex and drug usage, however too sweet is just “gay” (Falwell Takes On The Teletubbies).

Additionally, Taco Bell and GM have decided to pull advertising from the show after the Parents Television Council urged people to contact the company to protest. “We’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming.”

My question is, what program on MTV “fits the brand” for these advertisers?

Does Jersey Shore‘s cast openly “hooking up” with anything tan “fit the brand”, Taco Bell? Does GM have an issue with advertising during ‘True Life: I’m addicted to porn’? Why don’t advertisers pull out when movies like American Pie, How High, or Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle air on the network?

At what point are we going stop straddling the very thin line of what is appropriate for cable in a country that is clearly never going to be comfortable with sex? “We might have sex with our goats but no one ever needs to know about it!” Okay, maybe we don’t… but too many of us also don’t want to even talk to our children about sex, yet expect them to make educated decisions. The fact of the matter is, you can only hide from it for so long.

We get it, child pornography is wrong but I watched the premiere twice and while I had a few moments where I was shocked and giggling, I missed the porn!

At 17, showing your butt is “child porn”. At 18, smearing someone’s brain across the ground in Afghanistan is an honor. America is fucked up.”

– Cattac (commenter on Perez Hilton)

A little ass? Really? Where’s the gay sex? Oh, next episode. Furthermore, as a friend pointed out, the show is rated Mature. As a parent, make up your mind to restrict certain programs (easily 90% of what’s on television) and stick to it.

The New York Times reported that a number of executives met on Tuesday over concerns the show could violate pornography laws.

While MTV did not confirm that, a rep for the network said, “Skins is a show that addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way. 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.”

Watch the full premiere episode of Skins

What are your thoughts on the show?