As many of you have heard, MTV debuted it’s new series, “Skins”, on January 17th. This is a quote pulled from Fox News:
“On January 17, the Viacom-owned cable network MTV aired a teenager-based drama, ‘Skins.’ The episode included all manner of foul language, illegal drug use, illegal activity as well as thoroughly pervasive sexual content,” PTC President Tim Winter said in a letter sent to the chairmen of the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees and the Department of Justice. “Many of the actors appearing in the show are below the age of 18. It is clear that Viacom has knowingly produced material that may well be in violation of [several] federal statutes.”
Here are a few photos of teens that MTV is using to promote the show:
Unless you have lived under a rock for the last few years, you know that MTV also produces “Teen Mom,” “Teen Mom 2,” and “16 and Pregnant,” (seasons one, two and three). All of which are reality shows about pregnant teens. You have seen these girls grace the covers of magazines and watched as they were turned into celebrities.
MTV needs to be stopped. These repulsive shows that target our teenagers with the intent of drawing them in by dangling the proverbial teenage carrot (sex, drugs, language and alcohol) is irresponsible and abhorrent. MTV should be ashamed of themselves. They are glamorizing the behaviors that we parents of teens fight so hard to prevent. The very behaviors that are ultimately responsible for countless teen deaths every year.
“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,” the statement continued. “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.”
Apparently we as a community have failed our children if this show falls under the header of “compliance with community standards.” More importantly, we have failed to protect them from a creepy, “Want some candy little girl,” ogre like MTV. We, as a community, need to show them that we care for our children. We care what they watch. We care that MTV is filling their minds with this poison. We. CARE. And we won’t stand for it.
Jessica Bennett, Newsweek, wrote, “And, well, let’s face it: real teenagers can be a little nuts. They do have sex; they do experiment with drugs. Three in 10 of them will get pregnant before they turn 20, and 9 percent of them will attempt suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control. They can be angry and volatile, depressed, isolated, and often insecure.”
All very true. So the idea is to glamorize and encourage such behavior with a one hour teenage drama. Why further these ideas? Why dress them up in pretty clothes, with pretty people, with paychecks and overnight stardom?
I know we can’t stop a big conglomerate like MTV from producing these shows. But I also know this. We can stop ourselves and our children from watching this trash. And guess what? They can’t have a show if no one is watching.
We are asking that every one of you prepare a post on Monday asking for a boycott of “Skins.” Let’s make sure EVERY parent is aware of this show and preventing their teens from watching. It is imperative that we spread the word, so that they are not watching it at your house and they aren’t at their friends homes’ either.
Ask other bloggers to do the same. Let’s tweet it. Let’s Facebook it. Let’s link up. It is said often that we mom bloggers have a lot of power. Let’s put it to use for good.
Mom Blogger Powers activate. Shape of Parents Who Parent.
An excellent New York Times article by David Carr.
Parents Television Council, a TV watchdog group said Skins, “…may well be the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen.” That is some statement considering the other trash MTV has produced.
Taco Bell has pulled all ads stating from the show stating, “We’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming.”
USA Today is reporting, “Wrigley has decided to suspend any advertising during MTV’sSkins as it is never our intent to endorse content that could offend our consumers,” a rep for Wrigley told Access Hollywood on Friday evening. “Any ads that previously aired during the show were part of a broader advertising plan with the network.”
The Parents Television Counsel has called for the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees and the Department of Justice to “immediately open an investigation regarding child pornography and exploitation on MTV’s ‘Skins.'”
Also. Please do not watch the show in order to understand what it is all about. That gives them ratings. You can click on their website, http://www.skins.tv/ It will tell you all you need to know.
Here are the instructions on blocking MTV on DIRECTV.
Here are the instructions on blocking MTV on Dish.