MTV show features sex and drugs
Fri, 21 Jan 2011 03:45:46 GMT —
UPDATE: MTV's new series 'skins' is too spicy for Taco Bell. The fast food chain has pulled its ads from the racy teen drama. Critics say the show glamorizes promiscuous sex, drug use and drinking.
Taco Bell advertised on the show's debut this week, but have now decided to move its ads to other MTV programs.
The Parents Television Council has also come out against the show. The council is urging the Department of Justice and U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees to open an investigation.
The PTC claims that Viacom knowingly produced the show which is in violation of several anti-child pornography laws, because many of the shows stars are under 18.
The PTC also applauded Taco Bell for its decision to pull its ads from the program.
The Associated Press contributed to the above article.
There's a controversial new show on MTV called "Skins." It's billed as a journey through the lives of nine high school friends stumbling through adolescence.
In the first episode a girl sneaks home after a night of partying, another girl is willing to trade sexual favors for drugs, and one boy is trying to help his friend lose his virginity before his 17th birthday. Two former NFL players are working with Amarillo's "Worth The Wait" and are competing with those images.
"We tell young people that what happens for them in life, what hinders them from their dreams is making wrong choice by listening to wrong voices. Shows like that are voices that get them off track, but the shows are real because so many young people are hurting on the inside. All of these things in the show are showing how young people around the nation are trying to cover their pain," said Keith Davis, a former pro player for the Giants.
Whether it's sex, drugs, or heartbreaks, the show's frank depiction of teenage sex and drug use has the Parents Television Council calling the show the "most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children."
"Sometimes I feel that it highlights the actions and I think that's why parents need to be involved and insightful about trends that are going on," said Amy Christie, the Executive Director of Amarillo's Worth the Wait.
The trends in the show include 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol, that's what the PTC counted just in the premiere episode. So to raise awareness Worth the Wait of Amarillo is telling parents the simple answer is to talk to your teen. "I think sometimes parents have to reiterate the greatness in you, there's greatness in you," said Davis
"You encourage the parents to be like coaches and to create an environment where the kids can make right choice in what to watch, what to listen to, what to read, to build their characters rather than destroy it," said Clarence Lee, who played on National Championship Football Team at Florida State University.
M aybe the most surprising, "Skins" features underage actors engaged in sexual situations. The youngest star of the show is only 15. Critics say because of that, the show violates child porn statutes.