MTV’s Skins is getting a ton of pub this week, and it’s all…bad.
Advertisers are pulling out left and right over buzz that the show may be breaking child pornography laws. And it’s only one week into the show—the second episode airs tonight.
So far, Schick, Subway, H&R Block, Taco Bell, Wrigley and GM have all pulled their ads from the controversial show. MTV is still playing it cool, and released a statement saying, “We have an ongoing dialogue with our advertising partners about the best fit for them on our networks. We know that not every show works for every advertiser. That said, we are confident that Skins will continue to connect with the audience it was created for and that advertisers will take advantage of the opportunity to reach them.”
Parents Television Council president Tim Winter, the man spearheading the protests, says “We’re beginning to wonder which companies actually wanted to sponsor Skins after hearing from both H&R Block and General Motors that neither intended to advertise on the program. We applaud Wrigley for making the responsible decision to separate its brand from a show that glorifies teen sex, teen drug use and teen alcohol abuse. Today, our members began contacting Subway asking them to defend sponsoring the baseless content on Skins that is being marketed directly to children.”
So why’s everyone sippin on haterade over the show? Honestly, I really don’t know. And it’s only because I could barely get through the pilot. Not sure when I changed the channel, but I’m positive I didn’t stick it out til the credits.
I get it—high school kids love to experiment with everything—booze, sex, drugs, etc. But is it just me, or are the actors all trying to be a little too teen angsty? I mean, not one of them is normal.
The show was all a little slow for me—I went in expecting a updated shock-version of the movie Kids, and got what I thought was Glee if everyone in New Directions was hooked on opiates.
But only because of all the hype, I’m gonna give it one more whirl tonight….what do you think of the show? Are you a fan, or is it crossing too many lines? Tell me what you think in the comments!