MTV’s racy teen show “Skins” is the new target of the Parents Television Council due to several references to drugs and alcohol and its sexually charged nature. The PTC sent a letter to the Department of Justice and US Senate and House Judiciary Committees to ask for a federal investigation into potential child pornography violations.
“In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode,” the group wrote in a letter to the government organizations.“It is clear that Viacom has knowingly produced material that may well be in violation of [several anti-child pornography laws],” added the PTC, which earlier called the show “the most dangerous program ever for children.”
According to Hollywood Reporter, Viacom already ordered the show’s producers to tone it down, while MTV executives allegedly met to discuss the possible child porn law violation issue earlier this week.
A rep for MTV said in a 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.”
Meanwhile, Taco Bell has already pulled the ads from the controversial teen show. A rep stated,“Upon further review, we’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming.”
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