Is MTV's 'Skins' Straddling Child Pornography Laws?


skins mtvAlthough the British seem to do it better, we copy it just as well — and in this case, a little too well. With the latest Brit TV series, Skins, making it across the pond and landing on MTV, Americans are getting more than an eyeful of gratuitous teenage sexuality in all of its glory.

But American teens better TiVo the first two episodes before network execs force producers to tone down the heavy petting and nudity.

Our friends over at PopEater will tell you why major newspapers have labeled it "a flagrant display of child pornography."

And then let us know if you agree?


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kerwo... kerwolfe712

I watched it and, while I wouldn't let a younger child watch it, I think a teenager watching it with their parents would be entirely appropriate.  Teenagers, without proper supervision and parenting, do drugs, have rampant irresponsible sex, and make life-altering mistakes.  Parents need to wake up and understand that it is their job to teach their children how to behave and watching tv that shows bad behavior should be done together as a jumping point for a conversation about why these behaviors are harmful.  Quit complaining about what is on television, pay attention to your kids, and if you don't like it, don't let them watch it.  Pretty simple.  

mrssu... mrssundin

i dont think any one should watch this show it is to depressing.

nonmember avatar carlos

Im pretty sure if youre letting your kids watch MTV its your own fault. MTV is made for teenagers and young adults. So heres some advice.. Set the parental controls douche bag and stop trying to ruin it for everyone else.

Tracys2 Tracys2

Hmm.... when I was a teenager, I used to watch MTV-type shows (Real World, a little Spring Break, also Springer and 90210). I would laugh at them, tear them bit from bit. Point out the stupidity of it all.

But it still influenced me. I didn't realise it at the time, of course. I would have denied it, laughed in your face. But it did. So did the news. I was an adult. 18. As old as late 20s. And the shows I was watching were changing the way I thought about things. Even the news. Everything we surround ourselves with- TV, people, books... changes us. I wouldn't outlaw it (pointless), but I wouldn't watch it either.

However, if I had older kids, I'd probably watch the shows with them at some point (maybe not that one- I don't know), but I'd still want them watched as little as possible. I pointlessly wish nobody wanted to see shows like that, Springer, sensationalist news... sigh.

littl... little.knickers

I'm a brit and the series was really popular when it first started. Child pornography is taking it a bit far!!! The two don't even compare.

Jorge Chavez

i think this show is just trying to show tennagers what the real life is really like and what tennagers really do i would 100% garrenty this show to parents

ivy801 ivy801

um I don't want to sit and watch soft core porn with my teen, in the ends is the parents who are responsible for what we expose to our kids.

nonmember avatar opinion

Well I must say I watched the program and must say what wrong with people why is it everyone is trying to hide everything from our youth. It happens... people if you raise your kids right this program is just entertainment is it PORN of course not no one is exposing them selfs on camera but your mind is believing it to be porn. or maybe people are just wishing you were getting some lol. well it's just my opinion.

Texas... TexasWife

I have refused to watch this show to begin with. I didn't like the previews. So I can't really give any feedback about if I think it is porn or not. The previews showed some out of control teens.

nonmember avatar Melissa

I did watch the show and would watch it with my daughter in about 5 years (she's 9 now.) To sit and think this isn't what teenagers are doing is living in denial. The more honest you can be with your child the better.

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