Has MTV Gone Too Far? Jersey Shore- Skins- RJ and Now Awkward?-
I remember the days when MTV (Music TeleVision) actually meant music. Videos day and night to enjoy. But now this channel supposedly dedicated to music has become a channel of foul mouthed, sexually inappropriate and overall shame.
I know what your thinking, I am slamming Jersey Shore. Although that would be easy enough, I am not. There are far worse series airing on MTV such as the show Awkward .
Awkward is a fairly new series involving a 15 year old girl who in the very first episode loses her virginity in a supply closet by a "popular" boy who really wants nothing to do with her outside the closet. Oh, if you missed it, she is 15! Then she is falsely accused of attempting suicide in a less than probable event at home. Language is quite more vulgar than I thought was allowed on TV as they say the usual 'B' word along with the 'A' word but now the 'S' word is allowed without the oh so common MTV beep covering it. There are numerous sexual and drug implications, the usual disrespect of authorities and overall distaste within this show.
Now in MTVs defense, they do air this at 11:00pm but fail to mention that it repeats throughout the morning and day for those children that may have missed it.
I am disgusted and embarrased that this is what our kids are offered and ultimatley want to watch.
Skins...wow, that was basically pornographic prime-time television. MTVs series Skins was recently removed from the air thanks to sponsors such as Taco Bell pulling away and the Parent Television Council.
The very first episodes plot is to get a virgin boy "unvirginized" by drugging a girl at a party, that way in her 'state of confusion' she will find him sex-able and do it. (I actually made that sound alot better than the original content) The show continues to encourage drug use, alcohol, girls with girls and self-pleasure. There was an episode where a girl loves herself? (to keep it clean) to a photo of the all too beautiful Audrey Hepburn hanging in her room.
According to the Parents Television Council, they counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the series premiere of the show. The cast is primarily under 18 years of age (15 years is the average) and has numerous nude pervasive sexual content. Therefore making this show borderline child pornography. The child laws had a field day to say the least.
What did MTV state as a response to all the negativity?
"We are confident that the episodes of 'Skins' will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers. We also have taken numerous steps to alert viewers to the strong subject matter so that they can choose for themselves whether it is appropriate."
Choose for themselves? Oh my MTV...I am beyond words. I love when people of authority pass the blame to children and teens.
The Hard Times of RJ Berger
As with the other series, this is based off a 15 year olds life. (I'm starting to see a theme here)
However, this young man is a nerd of sorts with swingers as parents. He has a secret but it is revealed in front of the whole school- he is well-endowed. So here we go again, the series involves self-pleasure, male fantasies (a nude women, his fantasy with nothing but a backpack on covering her chest), teens obsessed with sex and childish jokes regarding gas. Happily, this series has been cancelled by a simple Tweet stating thank you to the fans and cast, but we are done.
The debut generated 2.6 million viewers, making it MTV's most-watched series launch in the 12–34 age demographics- wow...that's great. (sarcasm)
So what am I getting at by posting all this negativity and less than flattering reviews at MTVs series?
Our youth have enough issues to deal with everyday. I feel that what we expose them to can either influence them or scare them into themselves and their being. I would never have thought I would see the day when swearing, sexual encounters, drugs, abuse, rape and suicide would be idolized and projected to teenagers as everyday life and the norm of High School.
As a parent, I am proud at the job I have done instilling morals and the correct judgement among my girls. I am proud to say that my daughters have no interest in these tasteless series that can influence and corrupt the thoughts of them. I am not a holy-roller or a prude, I am just sick and tired of the smut that is targeted at our kids!
I only have one question, where has the morals and judgement gone of the authority of television?
MTV- you have gone too far.