More Skinny on "Skins"

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Friday, January 21, 2011

More Skinny on "Skins"

More in the news about MTV's racy new teen drama, "Skins" - and the publicity, controversial as it may be, likely makes MTV executives very happy...

MTV Steps Back From a Boundary on "Skins"
MTV has pulled some "Skins" scenes fearing they may violate federal child-pornography statutes. (The cast are largely teens, 15-19.) Child pornography is defined by the United States as any visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In some cases, "a picture of a naked child may constitute illegal child pornography if it is sufficiently sexually suggestive," according to the Justice Department's legal guidance. Anyone younger than 18 is considered to be a minor.

MTV Press release says (Skins) is "specifically designed to be viewed by adults." (Really? Come on.)

Source: New York Times

Taco Bell pulls its commercials from "Skins"
In the wake of a mounting scandal over a possible child pornography investigation of MTV as a result of the racy new show "Skins," Taco Bell has opted to pull all of its advertising from the program, reported.

Source: Fox News

Parent Television Council Calls for Federal Investigation Into "Skins"
One day after it was reported Viacom executives ordered producers to tone down its racy teen drama, the Parents Television Council has announced it's urging the Department of Justice and U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees to open an investigation.

Source: Hollywood Reporter