Tuesday, January 25, 2011
MTV's Skins Controversy- Is it Child Pornography?
MTV has always pushed the envelope, but their new show, Skins, is so scandalous that national advertisers have removed their commercials from the time slot. Why would seven advertisers pull the plug on their campaigns because a show is a little risque? When has MTV not been a little scandalous?
Is this really that big of a deal?
Well, since the show's subject matter focuses on teens in high school doing drugs, having sex, and drinking- even that seems like nothing new to me. This type of detrimental behavior floods the airwaves on stations that are geared towards those 18 and under.
But people are beginning to think Skins has gone a little far- the tipping point? An upcoming episode showing a bare naked butt of an under-aged kid. Child pornography claims are rising and I can't help but wonder why it has to come to this in order for anyone to take notice.
A spokesman for MTV released this statement: "Skins is a show that addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way. We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards. We are confident that the episodes of Skins will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers. We also have taken numerous steps to alert viewers to the strong subject matter so that they can choose for themselves whether it is appropriate."
My question is this: real world issues?
Yes, underage drinking, sex and drugs are real life issues- the scary ones that have the power to ruin lives- but making theses choices seem cool- that is the real scandal here.
For all of the young impressionable girls out there that have their hands full trying to avoid peer pressure from drinking, sex and drugs- why do they need a show that glamorizes such poor decisions?
This is the root of the problem.
There is no moral compass in the media anymore. Nobody wants to watch shows about people doing the right thing and choosing the high road.
Sure- old shows, like Seventh Heaven, seemed to buck the system with good kids and light subject matter, but its poor acting and sugary writing made it even hard for a nice girl like me to watch.
Skins is just a publicity stunt. MTV wants to lure viewers by exploiting young children and encouraging the moral decay of those who are the most easily influenced by it. They have been doing this since they first aired and will continue to do so as long as money pours in.
Our minds are such precious things to protect. Our thoughts have the ability to build us up or tear us down. Poor decisions are like poison to a thriving young mind, as guilt and shame are powerful in their ability to stunt a person's spiritual and emotional growth.
Shows like Skins will never stop being produced, because people will watch them. Me ranting like a grandma about "that junk on TV" won't stop young kids from watching it- but I can say that it makes me sick to think about how money-hungry Hollywood elite are willing to do anything to line their pockets with money- even if it means glorifying the lifestyle that has claimed the otherwise bright future of so many. Its disturbing.
If your a nice girl, do yourself a favor- don't watch this show. Go read a book instead.