Skins: Porn or Publicity?

For those of you that don’t waste as much time on the internet or in front of the Tv as i do, Skins is a new show on Mtv. Actually it’s an older show on the BBC that Mtv ripped off. but anyway… Skins is a show about a group of teenagers engaging in underage sex, illegal drugs, fighting, drinking, car theft, etc… You know, all the things kids do every night. You know from the moment you hear Mtv that it’s going to be trashy. Doesn’t anyone remember Undressed? That was their late 90’s show about college kids doing the exact same things. The only difference is back then they had the good sense to put it on after 11pm, and they had the even better sense to cast adults. See, this time around, Mtv thought they would amp up everything by 120% and then cast real teens as the teens. Now normally i’m all about accurate casting, do we really need another cast of 90210 wannabe’s with receding hairlines pretending they’re 17?(i’m looking at you dylan & steve) But by the same token, did anyone pause for a moment and say “wait is showing a 17 yr olds ass on primetime television a bad idea?” or “should we really show simulated sex between two actual teens?” Apparently the producers didn’t and Mtv didn’t care. At least they didn’t care until five advertisers ran for the hills, and the always buzz-killing Parents Television Council got involved.

The Parents Television Council is a great group. they’ve probably been responsible for at least one of your favorite shows being boycotted or cancelled. They attack shows almost completely arbitrarily, my guess would be they focus on whatever shows bring them the most attention, and i truly believe that their end goal is to turn every station into 24hr a day Little House on the Prarie marathon. Here’s where i think the mistake was made. the PTC decided to ask congress to review the show under the guise they believed it to be child pornography. And while i don’t approve of kiddy porn anymore than any other sane adult, i seem to remember this almost identical tactic not working with Glee. To me this reeks of another high profile money grab by an organization that thinks it has the right to raise your kids. If you have a problem with something on tv, don’t let your kids watch it. simple, right? And if you don’t know what your kids are watching and you don’t take the time to talk to them about the subjects in a show like Skins, the my guess is you’re already a pretty shitty parent and your kid is already doing those things the rest of the time you’re not paying attention to them.

So yeah, Mtv probably does have a responsibility to either tone down the show or move it to a much later time slot than 10pm. But let’s remember, there is no such thing as bad press, apparently even underage smut press, and all the PTC has managed to accomplish is making another Mtv show a hit. in two weeks this show will drop 50% of it’s ratings when people stop caring. A month after that the show will dissapear because everyone got bored. All the PTC did was help Mtv make a few million dollars. Great job watchdog group.

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2 thoughts on “Skins: Porn or Publicity?

  1. As they say (or what MTV’s publicists are thinking, rather), bad press is good press. The show is obviously crap, even without comparing it to the always better brit version, and MTV knows this, so what do they do? PUMP UP THE SEX! I mean, what else would you do, right? Haha, like the blog : )

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