Has MTV lost its mind? — UPDATED

It certainly seems to have lost whatever was left of its soul.

Aggie Catholics takes a close look at the new series “Skins”:

After looking at the website and promo video (WARNING - Extremely graphic language, situations, and images), I have to say I am shocked by how bad it is. I can’t believe they can get away with it. It is Ephebophilia on film and all sent directly into millions of homes where they will negatively influence teens in a culture that is already sick.

Then there is this from a television watchdog group:

Next Monday, January 17th, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific (only 9:00 p.m. Central/Mountain), MTV will debut its new series Skins. Here’s why this program is so dangerous to your kids:

· Skins is filled with graphic content involving high-school children, including depictions of teens drinking, smoking marijuana, and using massive quantities of drugs, engaging in violent acts, and having irresponsible sex with each other, with their schoolteachers, and with other adults. Other TV shows, like Gossip Girl, have included some of these activities; but Skins’ depiction of such activities is on a scale never before seen on TV. Skins is so extreme that MTV is rating the program TV-MA – a rating cable has previously reserved for programs like FX’s ultra-violent and quasi-pornographic series Nip/Tuck, which was wholly unsuitable for all but those who crave explicit material.

· Skins is about high-school children. Mixed in with the graphic drug use and sex scenes are storylines about falling in love and problems at school – elements sure to generate interest from teens. The show is being written, in part, by teens. And the Skins cast is actually made up of teenagers, not adult actors playing teens. One cast member is only 15 years old.

Want to see what all the fuss is about?  Visit the MTV website, or Google it.

Is it really that bad?

Well, from what I’ve seen online: yes.

UPDATE: Veteran TV critic Frazier Moore, of the Associated Press, doesn’t seem bothered by any of what he saw:

A sexy, no-apologies slice of contemporary teen life, “Skins” is fun to watch. It’s a sassy, gritty tour through teenage wasteland. And it manages to find surprises in the familiar litany of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

It’s even won a reverse salute from the Parents Television Council, which on Thursday blasted MTV for marketing the show to a teenage audience (who else would it be marketed to?) and declared, “‘Skins’ may well be the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen.”

Believe me, “Skins” is dangerous for us long-past-adolescent viewers, too. Watching it, we might reasonably despair that teens have exclusive claim on both thrills and misery. We get nothing…

…["Skins'] is a well-imagined dreamscape where adults are secondary, where for better or worse teens are in charge. This is any teen’s fantasy, where pleasure is on call and even the pain is exhilarating. “Skins” is outrageous. But in its own way, it’s honest.

Thanks, Frazier.


  1. Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher says:

    I don’t want to go to the website to see how bad it is. I can believe it from your description. I thought that filming or photographing adults having sex with children or teens was in the category of child pornography and is against the law. Unfortunately, at least in our state, viewing child pornography isn’t a crime.

  2. They will lie and insist that they are only reflecting culture and not trying to form it.

    The parents who allow their children to participate in the writing and acting of this show and those who will allow their children to watch it will buy into the lie and congratulate themselves on being so progressive and “with it” as they watch their children descend into depravity.

    When the Son of Man returns, will He find any faithful among us?

  3. as an abused victim I find it REPULSIVE and DISGUSTING. I don’t know what’s more disgusting: the fact that these kids take drugs, alcohol and have sex with their SCHOOL TEACHERS, or the fact that MTV decides to broadcast a show like this. I despise whatever attempt this culture may have of glammorizing SEXUAL ABUSE.

  4. It is based on a British program of the same name, Skins.

    My teen years are long past me. But I rather enjoyed the British version. I watched it on Netflix, if you’d like to see it yourself.

    One of my favorite lines was when a practicing Muslim father came to know that his son’s best friend is gay.

    “I’ve got my God. He speaks to me everyday. Somethings I just can’t work out so I leave them be, okay? Even if I think they’re wrong, because I know someday he’ll make me understand. I’ve got that trust. It’s called belief. I’m a lucky man.”

  5. Frazier’s review is exactly what I would have expected from one invested in the descent of culture.

    Honest? Yeah, if you think teen culture is nothing but hedonism and depravity and self-serving activity. Read my comment from yesterday, and it’s exactly what I predicted the creators of this would insist. Frazier has bought the lie. Does he even know anyone under the age of forty?

    I have two teen daughters. Believe me, the life of teens is anything but properly reflected in a TV show that offers nothing but sex, drugs and abusive relationships. How sad that this is what MTV offers and that Frazier and his ilk who live in their own personal silos think that this is an honest depiction of teen life.

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