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.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.
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 Teen.com 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!
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.