Wow. The most offensive part of the show to us was how mediocre it was, but either way, we suppose this was to be expected!
Now that the less-than-stellar US remake of the controversial UK series Skins has premiered on MTV, it's been receiving quite a bit of backlash from the Parents Television Council, which has urged such an intense boycott - for its frank depiction of teenage sexuality and drug use - that Taco Bell has already pulled its advertisements off the teen drama!
The PTC writes in a letter:
"In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode. It is clear that Viacom has knowingly produced material that may well be in violation of [several anti-child pornography laws]. Skins is the most dangerous program ever for children."
Soon afterward, Taco Bell spokesperson Rob Poetsch announced:
"We advertise on a variety of MTV programs that reach our core demographic of 18 to 34 year olds, which included the premiere episode of Skins. 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."
Geesh! Maybe it wasn't as shocking to us because we'd seen the material before - and done much more explicitly - on the UK version, but we think this is a little blown out of porportion!
Can't say we're shocked, though!
Which is why we think that this show has no business on cable. If they want it to be as frank, gritty, and realistic as the original, it should be done on a network like HBO or Showtime!
That way, no one can complain and it can be done as Skins deserves to be!
What do U think?? Did Skins cross the line??
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