MTV’s newest show, Skins, premiered on Sunday and already it’s drawing flack from the network and irate parents for being too sexy. Seems the show, which aired in Britain and is being remade for American audiences, is too raunchy for some, including the higher-ups at MTV. Network execs have told the producers to tone down the sex, particularly in an upcoming episode where the character of Chris, played by Jesse Carere, exposes his backside. Sure, we’ve all seen ass on TV before, but Carere is only seventeen, which makes the issue a whole lot more about child pornography than say, David Caruso‘s pasty, old NYPD Blue butt.
In addition to the network’s notes, the show faces some rough criticism from the Parents Television Council. There’s not much that these people don’t find offensive, but a show about teen sex has just about made them bust some neck veins, and they called Skins “most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children.” So, a fictional show about kids having sex is dangerous, but reality shows featuring the real thing are less so? And also, have these people ever seen an American Apparel ad? This sounds like a lot of hyperbole to us.
MTV does defend the show, and a spokesperson said Skins “addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way. We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards. 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.” And if you don’t like it, just rent the British version.