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Skins: MTV's Controversial TV Show

Updated on January 21, 2011

If you missed it, the debut of the new MTV teenage show called, Skins, then you have no idea about why parents are upset about its content. Millions of teenagers and adults watched the show and no doubt, have different opinions about the content portrayed.

Parents for the most part state it is simply too explicit in sex, verging on porn, drugs, and portrays teenagers in a generally derogatory manner. MTV and many teenagers state it is how the teenage world is, it is accurate. Even liberal parents have a problem with some of the content in the TV show in primetime.

As I watched it, my overall impression was that it was over the top much of the time, a bit too extreme and the teenage actors do not represent the norm across the teenage world. It does represent a certain segment of teenagers and that is the problem, its focus is simply on these types, which are a minority, when looking at the whole picture.

All teenagers will encounter the wild crazy party, the drugs, the sexual innuendo and act, backstabbing, radical dress, battles with parents, but the show is too explicit some of the time in a ugly, gritty, manner. The thing is, we all know this. The whole story line. All parents were once teenagers with their own demons or experiences.

The youth in the show portray teenagers as a rowdy, angry, radical group out to be in the face of anyone over 21. They want to be in your face about their personal agenda. Woe to parents and decent teenagers. For teenagers already doing the things in the show, it is just reaffirming. To those that are not doing them, they will not watch it or not affected. For those who are toying with the idea of things in the show, it may appear to them that is cool to act like the actors and that everyone has to accept them for what they are. Boy, are they open to a rude awakening.

Skins misrepresents teenagers in a bad light a little too much. Its extreme may be cool to some or a turn-off to others. A more reality based show is Parenthood. It portrays all the usual issues any parent might face in all age groups in less explicit manner.

Already sponsers of the show have pulled their support because of its content.


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      Nicole A. Winter 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      perrya: I have an eleven year old, so thank goodness I don't have to worry about this for a few more years. MTV definitely markets to an underage crowd, however, and on reflection I have to say that I wouldn't let my daughter watch this show until she was sixteen. (And a mature sixteen at that.)

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      Kindacrazy 7 years ago from Tennessee

      This "program" should be jerked off the air. It is way too over-the-top.

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      twilightnera 7 years ago

      Well I definitely know about Taco Bell but if GM did too they were right!

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      perrya 7 years ago

      I heard GM pulled their sponsership.

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      twilightnera 7 years ago

      I agree with everything you said. Plus MTV said it is meant for adults to watch but they market it towards teenagers, that is not right. I'm a young person and I think the portrayal is really overdone.

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      perrya 7 years ago

      Perhaps, but if you have kids, say 12yrs+, would you allow them to see it? what about 15yr+?

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      sim0n30 7 years ago from Ireland

      I watched this in the UK and really liked it and then I watched the US version to see how it compared. In my opinion the US version doesn't work anywhere near as well.

      The US version trys much to hard to replicate the UK version and with that I think it becomes slightly uncomfortable.

      I think it is a much closer representation of teen behaviour in the UK rather than the US.

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      Nicole A. Winter 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Hey, my SO and I watched the British version of this show and while I didn't see the new MTV's SKINS, I enjoyed the UK version a lot. There's a lot of sex, drugs and violence in the other version, I can't imagine the MTV version being any more offensive than what I've already seen.

      Maybe parents shouldn't allow their kids to watch this show... I was under the impression that it was a show for adults.