January 21st, 2011
11:56 PM ET
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Tammie Beyerl

    I find it fascinating that Taco Bell would oull its sponsorship of MTV's 'Skins' because they care so much about our nation's youth. This is a company that markets corn chips, low-grade ground beef, and oil based cheese stuff wrapped together in a tortilla as good food. They might as well be selling cigarettes to teens.

    January 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  2. Susan Nottingham

    Does your co-worker really feel that Skins will promote abstinence in teenagers? She was saying that we have a 40% higher rate of teen pregnancy in America. Is she saying that the show is like a documentary that highlights the tragedy of teen pregnancy and STD's instead of making sex look cool? I am being sarcastic, but why do parents need one more thing they have to watch out for?

    January 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  3. Michael Basdeo

    I would like to compliment Anderson and Kiera on CNN, and Keith of MSNBC for the great job they have been doing.Both Anderson Cooper and Keith Olbermann did outstanding in their fields,and it would be a great loss to see Keith go from MSNBC.

    January 22, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  4. Jerry

    This country's downfall are these over-conservative organizations trying to censor the airways with their letters to politicians. It is time to grow up america the exact same show has been going on for 6 years in Europe. Why do we cater to these complainers that have nothing better to do. The show is on at late night it has a proper rating no genitals are being flaunted it is simply art imitating life. They use the slogan "america love it or leave it" they should use the same concept with the TV airways if you don't like a show you don't watch it. We let ratings do the talking. Religious views and politics needs not mix. This country suffered 8 long years when the Bush administration ran this country. The only thing that needs to stop are these idiots trying to influence their moral views and trying to force the FCC to build the airways in their religiously brainwashed mold. It is time for this country to GROW UP.

    January 22, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  5. Sonu

    Thanks AC for bringing up this issue.
    I am a new mom and the promos for the show-skins,both print and TV have shocked me. These kids are puppets at the hands of powerful executives who exploit these kids (16 years old are still kids -brain not fully developed yet!!) These kids in turn want to be famous/infamous at any cost. The name of the show should be changed to" selling of kids next door".


    January 22, 2011 at 2:31 am |
  6. Matthew

    I just watched the debate that Anderson did on his show about this show.

    I really don't understand all the uproar about this show. It's fine for all these homicide/murder shows to display "dead" people left and right but a show is getting all this attention over some "teenagers" being intimate? Its a part of life and kids these days have a lot more time on their hands and will find this information or images all over the internet anyways. Ultimately MTV has this show rated at MA. It is up to the parents to restrict this content from their kids if they so choose so. There are a lot of TV viewing devices out there with parental controls in place for just this type of thing.


    January 22, 2011 at 1:59 am |
  7. Ziv Agbah

    In Britain we're not so uptight about shows like Skins. Some of our dramas and soap operas feature characters that are gay, transsexual, poor, black, and even criminal. From what I see of American TV, it appears to mainly portray rich, white, upper middle class people. working class characters are confined to comedies and black people to 'gritty', 'urban' drama. There's tons of sex on Gossip Girl but it's alright because they're rich socialites. Skins will be an interesting experiment in American TV; I doubt it will have a dramatic impact on the private lives of American teens because, to paraphrase Isha Sesay, it really is a case of trying to lock the door after the horse has bolted. Many teens use sex as a way of bolstering their fragile self esteem and girls who purposely get pregnant usually feel unloved and want a little human that will love them unconditionally, or so they think. Skins is just a TV show, and perhaps a small number of teens will want to emulate it, but teens aren't as stupid as they appear. At last American teen drama has grown up, and about time, too. Which would I rather watch? When put up against the vacuous Gossip Girl, the dreck Pretty Little Liars, the ridiculous 90210, or the dreadful Vampire Diaries? The answer is Skins.

    January 22, 2011 at 12:29 am |