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Bullshiz! American Skins Changes Maxxie Character Into Lesbian!

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We knew they were going to eff this show up royally!

The American basterdization reimagining of UK smash series Skins hasn't even finished filming, and yet there's already some pretty HOrrific news regarding some changes made to the characters!

Almost all of the main characters from the first season of the series have been kept the same, with a few name changes (Sid is now Stanley, Anwar is now Abbud, Jal is now Korean and named Cho, and Cassie is Cadie).

Early casting sides also described the Maxxie character as an openly gay Latino boy, Teo.

However, we've gotten wind that somewhere down the line, Teo was changed into a LESBIAN cheerleader named Tea!


And worse yet, according to a recent version of the pilot episode - which they're directly ripping off from the first one in the UK series - they haven't even bothered to redefine Maxxie's relationship with Chris and Anwar now that it's a lady.

Here's an excerpt:


Cheerleaders are rehearsing a stupid, but intangibly arresting routine in an otherwise empty hall. Track down the line of loveliness. Somewhere a phone is ringing.

CHEERLEADERS: (CHANTING) Roundview… We love you!!! Aha! Ahu! Love you, Roundview!! Say what?!! Say Huh!!! Say what! Say huh!! Say who! Roundview…!

The camera comes to rest on TEA (17), an unusual looking but nevertheless beautiful girl.
The CHEERLEADERS spin out into immaculately coreographed individual spins and group turns. TEA presses a BLUETOOTH RECEIVER. Cheerleader continues around her.

TEA: Hey Tony…
TONY: [PHONE] Forget the big gay night out Tea. We need you.
TEA: Sorry Tony, I promised Chris and Abs I’d take them on a voyage of wonder and discovery…

Absolutely obnoxious.

Once again, we feel as though this is another case of the US unable to handle an honest depiction of a male gay teen character!


What do U think?? Should Maxxie have been changed to a girl??

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77 comments to “Bullshiz! American Skins Changes Maxxie Character Into Lesbian!”

  1. 1

    THIS IS RIDICLOUS! i love this show and i don't think that they should even TRY and redo it. it was beautifully done before and that should not be messed with…these new ideas sound terrible..i'm sorry but they should just leave skins alone.

  2. 2

    wtf. changing maxxie to a lesbian?!? WTF!!!

  3. 3

    maybe the plot might be better. I bet you hate lesbians and want all guys to be gay and women to just never be born.

  4. 4

    WHY EVEN TOUCH IT! leave our shows alone… it works coz its british. I cant imagine anyone else as Cassie.

  5. 5

    You do know the original creator is working on this one too AND did the casting. So, that's obviously his own vision.

  6. 6

    Why does America have to take over everything?! Leave it be for fucks sake.

  7. 7

    I don't think it's a matter of the US not being able to handle any openly gay character - I think it's a matter of the fact that almost every network is run by middle-aged, extremely homophobic and bigoted white men. That is why.

    This INFURIATES me on so many levels. Why is a Lesbian more acceptable than a gay man? Oh, right - it's because every straight man fantasizes about watching two (or more) women have sex with each other without any male participation. Something I will never understand.

  8. 8

    Noooo!!! Maxxie was my favourite character in Skins! I was really hoping that America would be able to make a fantastic version of the show, like they did with other shows like Queer As Folk, but it sounds like their just going to completly ruin Skins :/

  9. 9

    You cannot call this programme Skins now… They've took our show and changed it into something totally different! Maxxie should stay, his and Anwar's friendship was sooooo cute! STICK TO THE ACTUAL SCRIPT

  10. 10

    everyone looks different ,i think this girl(cadie)looks pretty mature,she doesn´t look like the real cassie

    british skins 4ever

  11. 11

    you're a misogynist. American TV can't handle an honest portrayal of a lesbian teenager either….compare the amount of gay male teen characters to the amount of lesbians. you're just upset because you want to drool all over an american version of maxxie and post uncomfortable pictures of him with hearts drawn on his nether-regions.

  12. 12

    It's MTV. How could they not eff it up? I'm disappointed. I love Skins as it is. It doesn't need to be remade.

  13. 13

    Guys in America never make it past the macho stage in their early teens where they have to prove themselves to everybody. That's why lesbian characters have always been more accepted.

  14. 14

    This is ridiculous. Perez, youre not a gay rights activist. you are a gay MAN activist. You have no respect for lesbians or female bisexuals. To say that they changed the character to a lesbian because American TV cant accept it is ludicrous. THERE ARE WAY MORE GAY MALE CHARACTERS ON TELEVISION THAN GAY WOMEN. Gay men in history have been portrayed on America tv shows more positively, and faceted than gay women in the last 20 years. Gay men also tend to have longer, more complex story arcs.
    Most lesbian/bisexual characters end up kissing a girl, liking it, and either going back to men or getting preggers. End of story.
    You are just a gay man who is a woman hater.

  15. 15

    I am not even going to bother with this version. It will for-sure be watered-down to appeal to the MTV USA crowd (and their very nervous advertisers). Lesbians are easier to take in the U.S. than gay men. Girl-on-girl action appeals to the hetero-set.

  16. 16

    Re: preaseandtankyou – Heh. Transparency, thy name is Perez. Seriously, Mario, this is getting old. Why don't you try watching something on TV that has nothing to do with hot guys or homosexuality? It's like you have a completely one-track mind…or something. Are you worried that if you stopped bleating about gay culture and tried focusing on something else for a change, people will find out you're just a shallow, boring dimwit who doesn't know shit about anything? Nah, that can't be it!

  17. 17

    Hate it if you want because it's not true to the original show. That kind of criticism is valid. However for Mario to be upset because in his eyes it proves America can't handle a gay teenage boy is utter nonsense. I see this type of character often. In fact one of the few Canadian shows Americans seem to like had a central gay teenage male character. (Degrassi The next generation) No Mario I think you're pissed because deep down you're actually a mysongynistic prick who values gay males over lesbians. I don't think you give one damn about the American producers staying true to the original. You're ticked you're gonna miss more "hawt" boy on boy action. So very sick

  18. 18

    sounds to me like the US version of skins is just going to suck hardcore. Can someone tell me why again mtv can't just air the british one? do we hate foreigners that much?

  19. 19

    more shows that use gay as a gimmick
    why not just put lez make out scenes in every show to please middle aged white hetero men?

  20. 20

    Re: emmvee – I couldn't agree more!

  21. 21

    FUUUUUUUUUUUCK NO!!!! This show is going to SUUUUUUUCK.

  22. 22

    How the hell does trading one gay character for another one mean the US cannot handle homosexuality? You are such a dunce, Perez. Have you ever seen "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"? There is a gay teenage male on that one.

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  24. 24

    what was the point of butchering the original UK series??

  25. byho says – reply to this


    what wrong with showing the original skins in mtv?,.,, why does it have to be made by americans?…

  26. 26

    Even on the show they didn't fully go there with Maxxie's sexuality. Near the end of series 2 all of a sudden he has a boyfriend and they're moving to London with no story on how they met or on how they're doing.. I'm not excited about this new US American skins version, it sounds like a bunch of crap.

  27. 27

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  28. 28

    I knew from the second that I heard there was gonna be a US version of Skins that it would be a coomplete and utter case of fucking poo. And this post has proved that to be correct. Its all just bullshit. Leave it alone. The new names suck and this is just gonna bring the brilliance of UK Skins to the ground with its shittyness. Maxxie should be left as is.

  29. TJK says – reply to this


    ahhh so angry. i love maxxie and what are they going to do if they get to the 2nd generation, lez out again with emily's character?? coz that will just get olddddd.

  30. 30

    no, no , no , no , no like honestly if they are doing this they should at least create their own characters!!!! this is RIDICULOUS!!! and they should have kept Maxxie if they are doing it this way !!! this will be SHIT

  31. 31

    WTF IS WRONNG WITH THEM. LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE!!!!!! Geesh I 'm Not gonna watch it!

  32. amely says – reply to this


    I hate the idea of them remaking it in the first place, now trying to change the essence and seeing this excerpt confirms my suspicion of a mediocre job. This show is one of my all time favorites and I know this is going to annoy me. ( I am from the US)

  33. 33

    So tragic… What the fuck did you expect? Oh no!!! It's no longer a gay latino male. OHhhhh Noooooooooooooo! How rude? Shut the fuck up. It's not like the characters and plots are going to be exactly the same, just with different accents.

  34. 34

    I think Perez is a bad depiction of the US gay male.

  35. 35

    Re: HungryHipster – LOL. i totally agree. US hates airing foreign shows. i think the US wants to be so creative and original, they grab foreign (AMAZIng) movies and series and make then totaly shit.

  36. 36

    Brazils beeen doings omething like Skins for so long (like.. 13 yrs) where they change cast memebers every season or two. teen drama, durgs and shit…

  37. 37

    fuck u mtv ur shitting on a show that was perfect! U have no style!!! and i love maxxie and i needed him! ugh

  38. 38

    Okay I'm not even going to get into all of the problems that I foresee with this.

    However I will say that yes I think that changing Maxxie to a lesbian is a horrible awful idea. For one the reason stated above American TV not knowing how to deal with young gay men on tv, and two because I will be absolutely shocked if they do not exploit the fact that she is a lesbian to over sexualize her character. Yes I have watched every single episode of the UK version so I'm aware that the show is full of oversexed teens, but I think American television tends to exploit lesbian characters to draw in male viewers with girl on girl action which is degrading and insulting.

  39. 39

    maxxie a lesbian?! wtf! totally hate it, they're killing skins

  40. 40

    Ug. I love Skins and the idea that they are changing it up so much is frustrating. The ethnic balance was perfect already. Everything was a breath of fresh air compared to US shows.

  41. 41

    The question shouldn't be, should they have changed that character… it should be… Why on earth do they feel like the US needs to screw up a perfectly fine series??
    I wonder how watered down this crap is going to be.

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  43. 43

    What's the matter, Perez? I thought something like this would make your homosexual toes curl! You have another lesbian character to rah rah cheer for!

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  45. 45

    They can't do that. This is an outrage! If I were the english writers I would sue the american writers for ripping the first episode and so on. DD:!

  46. 46

    Alright, you all need to cool the truck down. Skins isn't even on American shores yet and all I'm seeing on this train wreck of a comments page is "WTF ITS GUNNA SUCK FFFFUUUU MTV" or "PEREZ YOU'RE JUST A WOMAN HATER".

    First off: The show isn't on yet. How do you know if it's going to suck? Sure, I had bad thoughts about RJ Berger, but I watched the first episode with an open mind. Yeah, it sucked, but at least I gave it a chance. So first solution: Watch the pilot with an open mind and then come back with your silly little opinions.

    Second off: Perez, your hatred of Maxxie/Teo/Tea's character for the lesbian reason won't last. A few episodes in, you'll definitely find something else to love or hate about her. You'll forget about her being a lesbian completely because that's just part of her character. So why even bother worrying about that? If the character change does in fact make the show suck, then I'm a fool and I'm sorry. But for now, I think you should be itching for the first episode to come out so you can form an honest opinion.

    And to the poster who said that gays are a gimmick: Look, it's the 21st century. The TV world would be ignorant if they didn't have some sort of character-other-than-a-white-straight-Christian-person in every show. It's not a gimmick anymore, it's becoming an accepted option.

    Bottom line: Give it a chance. And use proper grammar.

  47. 47

    Shows with gay male teenagers:
    The Secret Life of the American Teenager
    Ugly Betty
    United States of Tara

    I can understand your frustration to a degree. If you only knew what it felt like for a lesbian teenager, you'd think differently. I think we had one real lesbian teenager character - on Buffy, and she got killed off.
    All we see are bisexual teenager girls - not REAL lesbian characters. IT SUCKS! So think of that the next time you acknowledge lesbians.

  48. 48

    MORE Shows with gay male teenagers:

    Desperate Housewives
    My So Called Life
    Dawson's Creek

  49. 49

    Of course, America has to remake everything because apparently no one understands British things. *rolls eyes*

  50. 50

    wow im honestly so pissed. I hope this show fails big time.

  51. 51

    UGH! this is going to suck because it's going to be on MTV. If a network like HBO or Showtime picked it up then I think it would have had a chance. MTV is going to have to censor WAY too much, the show will lose its grittiness. And I don't understand why they are doing it so close to the original. NOTHING can top the original. They should have come up with completely new characters…

  52. 52

    very sucks indeed! "cassie" into "cadie" sounds lame to me! i cant blame YANKS perfer changing maxxie into teo because the prefer to girl on girl action on TV!

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  54. 54

    Re: duelastar – what a knobhead!!!! hello the british thing made international hit! thats why yanks wants a version of them lol

  55. 55

    more to the point- why is the story line the same?! if you wanted to see that, you just watch the brit version. the only chance this had was to be different! and now that chance has been thrown away… but its not surprising with it eing an mtv project… it's a corporate machiene, therefore the complete opposite of what skins represents!

  56. 56

    Oh my god no! UK skins cant be copied, they should stop stealing good shows. UK should film more episodes and more seasons :) i love effy

  57. 57

    WHAT?!!!!!!!!?!??! I love the original skins if they try an american remake, why change maxxie?? the plot would be different :-( the only reason why I did't like the third and 4th season as much is cause the characters were replaced and it wasn't the same without them

  58. 58

    This is absolutely absurd. The US feels more threatened by the possibility of the homosexual male, because many people even subconsciously believe that the stability of gender roles lies in masculinity - that is, by "encouraging" male homosexuality through a media as wide-spread as television, it is too much of a threat.

    I am sick of even those who say they are trying to fight FOR equality, end up just tolerating those who haven't yet won. There is a very large difference between equality and toleration of those who aren't yet equal. And this is just another example - as a lesbian, Maxxie's character will be more of a sex object, rather than a character. There is this stigma attached to the term "lesbian" that the world has contoured to accept as some sort of suggestive "theme" in the media. It's utterly insulting, I would think, to lose all individuality because of a word - which is exactly what the television networks here are banking on.. the stigma of "lesbian".

  59. 59

    skins was such an amazing programme! the americans really need to stop fucking it up.

  60. 60

    American's will suck at this because this is about british teens-which i am,
    theres nothing worse than american's trying to mimic the british culture,lol like the american-british movie's. blah.

  61. 61

    It sounds HORRIBLE! I thought they'd make a show inspired by Skins, not a complete rip off. It can never be the same as the UK Skins, because you can't show that stuff on TV in America. They should have gone for a Showtime or HBO channel so they could actually make that type of show.
    Re: caffeinatedangel – Networks like ABC have begun to have shows with gay couples (like Modern Family), but they refuse to show any affection between them! It's a very popular show, and America is completely open to seeing a gay couple on TV, but while the straight couples can hug and kiss, the gay couples can't. It seems wrong. Then, on CBS, they're far worse and continue to tell terrible gay jokes on their sitcoms (Two and a Half Men & Rules of Engagement). It's sad that behaviour is deemed appropriate on network television.

  62. 62

    I think it's ridiculous that Mario thinks America can't handle a gay male character. What about Ugly Betty!?! Justin was clearly gay from the beginning, and the show wasn't taken off the air. Will and Grace was on the air years ago, and it, too, stayed on the air. America is more open than you're giving them credit for, it's the censors and TV execs, not the viewers.

  63. 63

    This is just another shining example of american secularism. It would seem commercial television is afraid of any influence not the "american norm" and has to butcher a perfect show because it does not conform with their "ideal" picture of teenage life. and although i think it sad to lose the character of Maxxie, I do agree that perhaps Perez is the one with the problem against lesbians! But there is definite fact behind the middle-age white man likes girl on girl argument too!

  64. 64

    GOD JUST DON'T TRY! They are going to butcher the integrity of the whole thing! Americans just cant do it! It will ruin the whole concept of skins! Whats wrong with just watching the English and ORIGINAL skins! Ahh So annoying!

  65. 65

    I'm not the least bit surprised. Does anyone recall when they tried to make an American tv series out of that really good british book called Doing It, and Kelly Osbourne was in it and thye made it AWFUL?
    They shouldn't even be calling the shows fucking SKINS for the American version, they don't even know what that means. Isn't "skins" the Brit way of saying "papers" when your rolling a spliff?

  66. 66

    Thats so wrong!!! america shouldnt even attempt to copy skins! come up with something original but dont copy something that is pure gold. it worked because it so something different and orignal.. i hope this doesnt get on tv

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  69. 69

    once again u americans have stolen something that we brits could be proud of!!! just leave it the way it was 4 fuck sake!!

  70. 70

    1. why the hell are the copying british skins
    2. it's gonna be rubbish
    3.it's gonna be rubbish
    4.it's gonna be rubbish
    5.it's gonna be rubbish
    6.it won't work for americans at all therefore the american skins shouldn't be called skins and this programme is an absoulute flop and will fail after the first series

  71. 71


    Total shit, boooo!

  72. 72

    Que vergüenza…. =/

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  75. 75

    why do America always change the UK shows… Its gonna be completely different, I can't imagine anyone else playing the characters.. Why can't they just leave it be… why change something already amazing.??

  76. 76

    Sorry but the american 1 is guna suck big donkey balls.the reason the uk 1 worked is because it tapped in2 british culture that doesnt exist in the states.guna b epic fail.the last series was amazing.effy and freddie wow.powerful stuff.

  77. 77

    Why do Americans have to redo all movies and tv-shows from other countries? They are already good.