I bet most of you had never heard of the new MTV show Skins before the controversy about possible charges of child pornography. I bet there are even a few of you who said, "Well, the naked kid was 17, so what's the big deal?" Well, after the Parents Television Council (PTC) complained about the envelope-pushing show, based on a similar show from the U.K., Taco Bell pulled its ads last week.
GM pulled its ads from Skins on Friday, putting the show on a "do not buy" list. Wrigley is out as well. That's all well and good. I'm pretty sure kids are still going to buy cheap Mexican food and gum, and I doubt GM is going to lose much business. It's pretty unlikely that a few less car commercials are going to change demand for to-the-mall transport. What puts the show in jeopardy is the fear of investigation over the child pornography charge over a from-the-back naked shot of a kid running down the street. In fact, producers have been ordered by the MTV higher-ups to tone it all down, according to The New York Times.
The PTC has a major issue with the advertising of the show, calling it "the most dangerous show for teens," pretty much insuring that any teen worth their angst will be watching. If laws are being violated, that isn't good for anyone, and no one wants to hear that anyone was harmed in any way. What I don't get is how kids grow into adults and unlearn something that every teen knows. Tell someone not to do/watch/listen to/eat/drink, etc. something and you've pretty much guaranteed they'll do/watch/listen to/eat/drink, etc. it.
Readers, we'd love to have you weigh in on this. What do you think about the show? The ads being pulled? Has this made you more likely to watch? Let us know below.