Child pornography allegations: advertisers pull our of MTV’s controversial Skins show

Published: January 23, 2021

Is MTV’s new drama Skins child porn? This is the question being hotly debated in the blogosphere.  And amid concern that the controversial series, rife with teen sex and drug abuse, is running afoul of child porn laws, advertisers Wrigley, General Motors and H&R Block have followed Taco Bell’s lead and pulled out of Skins.

“Wrigley has decided to suspend any advertising during MTV’s ‘Skins’ as it is never our intent to endorse content that could offend our consumers. Any ads that previously aired during the show were part of a broader advertising plan with the network,” the company said in a statement.

The Parents Television Council, which has 1.3 million members, has labelled the show as “the most dangerous program ever for children.” In the first episode alone, the PTC counted  — ” in addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15″ — 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol.

MTV is now fretting that there will be some severe legal repercussion and has already edited out some of the more explicit content from future episodes. However, Ian Friedman, an attorney specializing in  computer-based sex offenses, told FOX411: “While the images that are portrayed on television may be considered legal, that may not be the case for the edited footage. If that actor is underage and under the age of consent, possessing that raw footage may be problematic.”

For all the critics out there, there are people insisting that Skins is a reflection of real life. Jessica Bennett from Newsweek, for example, told CBS News: “Real kids have sex, real kids get pregnant, real kids drink, they experiment with drugs, many of them struggle with eating disorders, and what we’re seeing in Skins is a lot of things that kids can relate to.”

Members of the cast have also spoken out. James Newman, who plays Tony, said: “Things like this certainly happen [in real life]. I don’t think they necessarily happen with the frequency that it happens on Skins, but it’s TV and we want it to be entertaining and it helps from a standpoint on sex and drugs. I think as far as relationships the friends have with each other and the emotions, that stuff is dead-on, spot for spot what we went through in high school. Any time you see sex and drugs on Skins, it’s about the story. It’s never that for the sake of that.”

Has MTV gone too far or are things being blown out of proportion? Let us know what your take is on the sex and drug-fuelled series by leaving a comment.

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2 Responses to “Child pornography allegations: advertisers pull our of MTV’s controversial Skins show”

  1. framedforchildporn

    23. Jan, 2011


    The topic is not drugs and alcohol. It is not our loss of freedom to “do as we please.” It is not about rampant sex among the young people. And it has nothing to do with how ‘uptight” many are about this show.

    IT IS ABOUT THE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY LAWS. It is unlawful to PRODUCE, RECEIVE AND DISTRIBUTE pictures of a person younger than 18 years in a suggestive sexual situation. That also, in some cases, is interpreted to include innocent pictures of your young children in the bathtub.

    By increasing numbers the lives of innocent people are being ruined daily. The Criminal Justice System has run amok. It appears they are using technology they don’t understand to arrest suspects. In the process, they have replaced “knowingly possessing” with “possessing.” Hence, you don’t have to be aware the information is on your computer. Whether you intentionally downloaded or the files were sent by remote access without your knowledge, you are going to prison.

    Therefore, since this is happening in epidemic numbers to innocent people, it is difficult to understand why the Department of Justice has not immediately arrested those involved in PRODUCING, RECEIVING and DISTRIBUTING these images of Child Pornography that were mailed, shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. This show has probably been distributed to far more people in one week than all the prisoners on these charges in federal prisons have distributed collectively. . Why is this blatant disregard for the law ignored? Could it be the “status of the offenders”?

    I spent Thursday and Friday of this week visiting in a USP. The prisoner is confined there on Possessing and Receiving Child Pornography. The fact that he is innocent and did not even know it was on his computer is also NOT the issue. He is simply one of many innocent inmates.

    It appears to be the policy of the government to pick the “low hanging fruit” to imprison great numbers to proudly present to justify their jobs.

    In the interest of equality, the fruit could not be any lower than those who have blatantly produced and distributed this show if it does, indeed, contain material consistent with Child Pornography.

    The time has come for the Justice Department to deal with this sorry matter. Either arrest the guilty, or conversely release those innocent or those guilty of far less than this show is reported to have exhibited.

    Visit our web site to view a complete transcript of a trial on possession and receipt of Child Pornography.

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  2. Roo

    23. Jan, 2011

    So, as per MTV it’s OK to sell Child Pornography on TV.
    Think about it.
    Next, they will be advertising drugs commercials for kids.

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