Does MTV's "Skins" show too much?
Just as soon as "Skins" is imported to the U.S. from England, American parents start to protest, urging the Senate to investigate child pornography charges.
The show, which basically depicts real teenage life rather than that Seventh Heaven crap, has come under fire from The Parents Television Council (PTC).
The watchdog group has been busy this year first protesting "Gossip Girl" and then calling "Glee," "'the most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children.'"
The PTC President Tim Winter sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary committements as well as the Department of Justice stating that the show’s risqué depiction of teenage life (including sex and drugs) is actually child pornography.
He said, "Since it is not necessary for Viacom or MTV to distribute the material in order to be in violation of the law, we call upon your committees to immediately investigate Viacom and MTV for the production of this material," Winter said.
The group feels that the underage actors portraying these blatantly sexual situations is simply child pornography.
Strangely, the group may have a point since the show depiected 17-year-old actor Jesse Carere from behind running down the street naked.
"Furthermore, we urge you in the strongest possible terms to compel the Attorney General to mount an investigation by the Department of Justice into whether the production of "Skins" has violated federal law meant to protect minors from exploitation," Winter continued.
During Monday’s premier, the show pulled 3.3 million viewers but it was so risqué for American audiences, it already lost one major sponsor: Taco Bell.
Look forward to major edits. What the PTC chooses not to admit is that teenagers actually do these types of things. They smoke pot, they have sex, and perhaps a show like "Skins" can help show them the consequences of these actions.
Until a time when us Americans can part with our Puritanical ways, I’ll stick to the uncensored BBC version thank you very much.