The list is getting bigger and bigger!
First it was Taco Bell and GM. And now, Wrigley and H&R Block are the latest companies to pull their ads from MTV's racy teen drama, Skins.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Wrigley said:
"Wrigley has decided to suspend any advertising during MTV's Skins as it was never our intent to endorse content that could offend consumers. Any ads that previously aired during the show were part of a broader advertising plan with the network."
Meanwhile H&R Block says that their ads were never supposed to run during the show, adding:
"H&R Block is not an advertiser of the show. One ad ran by mistake as part of a rotation. Once we learned this, we immediately took steps to ensure it didn't happen again. This program is not brand right and H&R Block did not select it to be part of our rotation."
The Parents Television Council has called the show "the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen" and has urged advertisers to pull their ads.
MTV responded to all the criticism, saying:
"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.
We also have taken numerous steps to alert viewers to the strong subject matter so that they can choose for themselves whether it is appropriate."
All this controversy is just creating more buzz for the show! The show may have limited advertisers, but it's sure to have higher ratings now.
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