MTV to Debut
The PTC has repeatedly warned
parents about Skins, a soap opera
featuring extremely explicit teenage sex, drinking, drug use and
profanity. A hit in its native Britain, Skins has been
playing on the BBC America network, which has limited
distribution on American cable and satellite systems. But now,
cable network MTV has announced that it will begin producing its
own version of the graphic program.
Coyly described in an MTV press
release as a series about teens “trying to grow up and find love
and happiness,” the first two seasons of the show’s British
version featured teens smuggling drugs in their anal cavities,
having sex with their teachers, and getting abortions, among
other things. The first episode of Skins’ new season
showed its teenage lead character showing off his genitals in
front of his high-school assembly. Speaking admiringly about the
show’s “unusually authentic stories,” MTV’s vice-president
boasted that she is “beyond thrilled” at bringing Skins
to the U.S. The MTV version will use American actors and seek
story ideas from teenagers in its bid to glamorize the Skins
sensibility to American teens.
MTV is one of the most
widely-viewed cable and satellite networks, not only among older
teens but children as well. By producing its own version of
Skins – as well as its ongoing glorification of drinking and
sex in shows like The Real World – MTV is exposing
millions of youngsters to images and content that cannot help
but warp their perceptions of life, and encourage negative
behavior that youngsters may one day regret.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT!
To read examples from Skins