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.