Does the MTV hit series Skins violate child pornography laws? According to the New York Times, Skins may be breaking child pornography laws. The Parents Television Council called for a boycott of Taco Bell, a sponsor of the MTV series so Taco Bell has pulled all it’s advertising from the series.
The Parents Television Council has called the series “the most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children.” Skins is a gritty, realistic view of high school students with lots of sex, drugs and booze in the show. But unlike Gossip Girl and other similar TV shows, who feature twenty-something actors to portray teens, Skins actually uses TEEN actors. And the use of teen actors is the reason for the controversy.
The Hollywood Reporter reported today that Taco Bell pulled out of the controversial show. Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch told The Hollywood Reporter, “We advertise on a variety of MTV programs that reach our core demographic of 18 to 34 year olds, which included the premiere episode of Skins. Upon further review, we’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming.”
Skins is an American TV remake of an original British TV series with an audience of 3.3 million on its premiere this week.