Thursday, January 13, 2011

MTV's New Show Skins = The Most Immoral MTV Show Ever

It is hard for a TV show to "push the boundaries" in our modern culture. What else is there to push? We have been bombarded with violence, sex, scandal, macabre / twisted stories, and more. Yet, producers continue to try to push because it creates buzz and buzz means more $$$. Don't fool yourself, MTV doesn't care a like about helping anyone but their investors and pocketbooks. So, I am not surprised to find out that they are pushing another sleazy show on our youth. But, what does surprise me is the level to which they have sunk this time.

What is it teenagers need? Is it MORE sex, drug abuse, irresponsible behavior, and license to do whatever they please? If so, then Skins is the show for them. If not, then it is time to do something.  Here is a description from the NY Times on the show and the original in the UK:
The only limitation placed on the original “Skins,” broadcast in Britain and Ireland on the E4 channel, was the prohibition of two particular swear words. The series took full advantage of this freedom, depicting its characters in various sexual couplings and triplings, struggling with unrequited crushes, eating disorders and unwanted pregnancies, and even dying.
The promos are nothing less than soft-core porn and all of this earns the show a "mature" rating which is the highest given. The show's website (I have deliberately left out the link) even has an interactive map where teens can post where their own indiscretions "went down" to brag about their behavior.

Here is what the Parents Television Council said about the show:
The following is the most urgent alert the PTC has ever sent to parents.

It is absolutely crucial that you be aware of the most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children!

Next Monday, January 17th, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific (only 9:00 p.m. Central/Mountain), MTV will debut its new series Skins. Here’s why this program is so dangerous to your kids:

· Skins is filled with graphic content involving high-school children, including depictions of teens drinking, smoking marijuana, and using massive quantities of drugs, engaging in violent acts, and having irresponsible sex with each other, with their schoolteachers, and with other adults. Other TV shows, like Gossip Girl, have included some of these activities; but Skins’ depiction of such activities is on a scale never before seen on TV. Skins is so extreme that MTV is rating the program TV-MA – a rating cable has previously reserved for programs like FX’s ultra-violent and quasi-pornographic series Nip/Tuck, which was wholly unsuitable for all but those who crave explicit material.

· Skins is about high-school children. Mixed in with the graphic drug use and sex scenes are storylines about falling in love and problems at school – elements sure to generate interest from teens. The show is being written, in part, by teens. And the Skins cast is actually made up of teenagers, not adult actors playing teens. One cast member is only 15 years old.

· Skins has been extensively marketed to high-school children. Internet sites like have carried dozens of promos and stories about the new show. Many of the Internet ad campaigns have shown how Skins blatantly urges children to lie to and defy their parents, and engage in risky and dangerous behavior. MTV may try to claim that this show is intended for adults – but the way the show has been peddled to kids reveals the truth. MTV WANTS your kids to see – and be influenced by -- this program!

MTV is deliberately aiming an explicit adult series – one the network itself rates as appropriate only for adults – at YOUR CHILDREN!
After looking at the website and promo video (WARNING - Extremely graphic language, situations, and images), I have to say I am shocked by how bad it is. I can't believe they can get away with it. It is Ephebophilia on film and all sent directly into millions of homes where they will negatively influence teens in a culture that is already sick.

I will not post the videos or the website to the show, you can view them from the link above if you must, but I will warn you again - it is scandalous.

Sign a petition from the Parent's Television Council here to fight back.

Pray for our culture, our children, and the makers of this filth.


priest's wife said...


2. Don't allow your children to go to a home without the same policies (I wouldn't let my children go to a home with irresponsible gun ownership- it's the same thing- but their souls are on the line)

3. Don't allow anyone under 18 to have facebook, etc. Any necessary e-mail has a password Mom and Dad know- child knows that Mom and Dad WILL check their emails.Same with texts on telephones- NO DELETING ALLOWED- only Mom and dad can delete. If child deletes, they lose all technology.

Do you love your kids? Follow these house rules- and of course- the last rule is: have fun WITH your kids so they won't need MTV smut

Katy said...

I could not agree more. As soon as I saw the title of this post, I was nodding my heading with complete agreement. I was mortified last night when I saw previews.

Tim H. said...

Why isn't anyone hammering the root cause - contraception?

The widespread availability and use of contraceptives has created a society which demands sex without consequences. The Hugh Hefner culture of recreational sex which rose with the social acceptance of contraceptives has led to rampant homosexuaity, teen pregnancy, abortion and things like intenet porn and now this TV show.

And its gonna get worse and worse until we address the root cause.


Nick said...

I don't think the limits have been fully pushed, because I believe in the near future full on porn will be on mainstream channels. That's the direction everything is headed. This is only one more "gateway," as various shows in the past have lowered the bar to set new standards. The only sensible option is no tv and internet filter, and private Fundamentalist Protestant schools (since few Catholic schools are better than public).

Just as bad of a problem is that priests aren't saying anything and not even encouraging regular Confession. It's a failure on every level.

Nick said...

Petitions are useless. Just write to the FCC.

And if you want to tell teenagers how bad this show is? Tell them why, don't just tell them "because".

And a note to priest's wife: Use prudence, not radicalistic rules.

Lee Gilbert said...

Are you kidding me? We're Catholics. We don't have to worry about this stuff.

Our families spend their evenings reading to one another from the Chronicles of Narnia and the lives of the saints. The older kids spend a little time each evening going over the catechism with the younger kids. We play board games together or gather around the piano, and wrap up the evening with a decade of the Rosary.

We enjoy one another's company and can not bear to sit around watching, watching, watching ANYTHING. Isn't that so?

With the upbringing we give them if they ever did catch a whiff of evil at a friends house, these young Catholics would know what to do about it. They'd be home pretty quick, you can bet.

So what's the problem exactly?

Marcel said...

Lee - I hope your being sarcastic. Whether you don't let your kids see this trash or not (I don't either), we need to be concerned. The world, the culture, and the lives of others should always be the concern of Catholics.

Preaching the Gospel to the nations doesn't means we must fight such things.

Lee Gilbert said...


Honestly, I am not too much concerned about this hard core pornography. Rather I am MUCH more concerned about the soft core pornography, the entry-level pornography, that comes into virtually every Catholic home, because Catholic fathers cannot bear to part company with televised sports. From a Catholic point of view it was obvious two generations ago where TV was headed, and now people are shocked, shocked that it has arrived. Gimme a break.

In his patronizing response Nick writes "And a note to priest's wife: Use prudence, not radicalistic rules."

That's right. Everyone goes to extremes but Catholics, whose Lord told them 2000 years ago that if their right eye causes them to sin, pluck it out. Of course it was figurative language, but if the figure does not apply to TV what does it apply to? Hmmmm?

In the end, there are two extremes, Heaven or Hell, and to get to either one of them one has to go extremes as well. The world is going to extremes, but not Catholics. No,no, no, moderation in all things, even sin.

So the advertisements that come across of mainstream TV are absolutely okay. And why? Because they're mainstream- mainstreaming us to eternal damnation.

Kill your TV

DP said...

Come on, Marcel: are you suggesting that Lee is his brother's keeper?

MARKUS said...

I have to agree with Lee, we do the same, it's quite challenging but it does work well in the family. Just do what you're suppose to do as C.A.T.H.O.L.I.C.= 'Calling All To Holy Obidient Life In Christ'.

And pray much for the conversion of sinners.

Unwobbling Pivot said...

Nick, you couldn't be more mistaken about Priest's Wife's recommendations. I recently found out the hard way. Her points are right on the money. Your comment turns out to be supremely naïve. As naïve as I was until about three months ago.

Ned said...

I agree - American TV is bad. We limit our children's viewing to a small amount of Qubo and some EWTN. We rarely watch more than the weather on the local news. My kids are 7, 2, and 4 months by the way. Anyway, yes, American TV is awful. BUT HAVE YOU BEEN TO ITALY? Holy crap! We went in 2001 and let me tell you - at the time before my conversion - I LOVED watching Italian TV. It was unbelievable. It is tough to be an orthodox Catholic in the US - it's fricking impossible I think to be one in Italy unless you absolutely do not have television. Our TV is bad, but Italian TV - oh my gosh, we don't hold a candle to the true porn on Italian TV.

Phillip said...

It's also funny how MTV has anti-drug commercials such as Above the Influence while they promote drug use with programs such as Skins. How contradictory is that? It's all about money! What a joke!