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January 18, 2011

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Teen Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol


Last week, the PTC warned parents that MTV’s new show Skins – which debuted last night at 10:00 p.m. ET, only 9:00 p.m. in the Central and Mountain time zones – was “the most dangerous program ever” for children.

The first episode proves we were right! And this content was paid for by Taco Bell.

Here are just two brief examples of the dialogue from last night’s episode:

Stanley: "It's totally normal for a kid of 16 not to have had sex."
Tony: "It's embarrassing, Stan. So we go to a party and get some girl racopiously spliffed up, in a confused state, and she comes to believe, however momentarily of course, that you're attractive, and she bangs your brains out."

Stanley: "Michelle said tonight at the party..."
Katie: "You're going to dope me into outer space and then bang my brains out…Later we'll get bumping."
Stanley: "At the party."
Katie: "At the party with a pile of drugs."
Stanley: "You got it."
Katie: "Oh, and Stanley, I only like really great narcotics, you understand?"

We remind you that these are high school children being depicted, not adults.

Unfortunately for parents, the above content examples reflect only a fraction of the extremely explicit material that aired during the one-hour program.

Skins not only featured dozens of instances of high-school children using foul language; it also contained depictions and descriptions of high-school children discussing and engaging in sex; high-school children discussing and engaging in the use of illegal drugs; high-school children discussing and engaging in the use of alcohol; high-school children stealing an automobile and then crashing it into a lake; and countless other descriptions and depictions of graphic, adult-themed activity.

Just as outrageous, MTV has aimed this mature-rated program directly at YOUR CHILDREN!

It appears that MTV is deliberately trying to establish a new standard for what is considered acceptable for kids…and they are trying to convince advertisers that they should sponsor this sick show, because kids are watching. MTV’s own press release today touted the number of viewers who were as young as 12 years old who watched last night’s show.

The creator of Skins told Adweek that “what Skins delivers is kids. That’s what it delivers to advertisers.” And advertisers are listening!

That’s why your action is so important! YOU can stand up to dangerous, corrosive programming like Skins – by letting advertisers know what will happen if they sponsor it!

Click here to send an e-mail to Taco Bell, one of the biggest sponsors of last night’s broadcast of Skins.

And if you REALLY want to make an impact, here’s what you can do: print off a copy of this e-mail and take it to the manager of your nearest Taco Bell. Tell him or her what you think of their company promoting casual sex, drug use and alcohol abuse to children. And let them know that Taco Bell’s actions have an influence when it is time to “vote with your wallet.”

And please consider donating to the PTC so that we can continue to protect you and your family from harmful television content. Our mission is to help you, as parents and grandparents, to fight back against those who would corrupt your children with shows like Skins.

Please help us to keep up the fight! To make a donation to the PTC, click here.




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