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Once Again, MTV Exploits America’s Youth
Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2011 | Marybeth Hicks

Posted on 02/02/2011 9:53:42 AM PST by Kaslin

Admittedly, the Egyptian uprising, the nullification of Obamacare and the ongoing ramifications of "Snowpocolypse 2011" could render the controversy about an MTV original program insignificant by comparison.

After all, MTV is only out to destroy an entire generation. No big deal.

Every adult - not just parents - should take the time to learn about the MTV show "Skins," a new "teen drama" that the Parents Television Council (PTC) has deemed "the most dangerous show on TV."

Be careful when you go hunting for information about "Skins" lest your spouse conclude you've developed an interest in child pornography. The publicity stills for this show depict an orgy-like collection of near-nude teenagers looking as seductively into the camera as 15-year-olds are able.

"Skins" is yet another television import from the UK, brought to America by creator Bryan Elsley. It portrays teenagers - several played by actual teens, not older actors - engaging in all manner of immoral, illegal and unethical situations. The show is built around story lines that glamorize promiscuous sex, sexuality exploration, drug and alcohol abuse, illegal activities including selling drugs, disrespectful attitudes toward adults, graphic language, hypersexual attire, profanity and more.

It's every parent's nightmare. And it's targeted directly at children aged 12 to 18.

PTC has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the judiciary committees of both houses of Congress to investigate the show, since the use of underage actors in graphic sexual situations may violate several anti-child pornography laws. It appears MTV and its owner, Viacom, may realize this and are attempting to mitigate their exposure (pun unintended) by editing future episodes.

But as PTC President Tim Winter has noted, the company doesn't have to distribute the seedy sex scenes to have committed crimes. Merely filming teens in sexual situations may be enough to violate several federal and state laws.

PTC also has employed its tried-and-tested free market solution to foiling MTV's efforts to pollute the airwaves: Pressuring advertisers to drop their funding of smut TV for kids.

It's working. None of the original eight advertisers (Taco Bell, General Motors, Schick Hydro, H&R Block, L'Oreal, Subway, Foot Locker, and Wrigley) that PTC called out for underwriting the content in the first episode of "Skins" appeared in the second broadcast.

Defending his tawdry production, Mr. Elsley released a laughable statement about the value of the show.

"Skins is a very simple and in fact rather old fashioned television series. It's about the lives and loves of teenagers, how they get through high school, how they deal with their friends and also how they circumnavigate some of the complications of sex, relationships, educations, parents, drugs and alcohol. The show is written from the perspective of teenagers, reflects their world view," he said.

Likewise, one of the show's actresses, Sophia Black-D'elia (who plays one of the show's lesbian characters), was reported to have argued, "It's what teens are doing. It's the way teenagers believe [...]"

There's the bogus justification for corrupting an entire generation: It's what kids are already doing. Whenever producers of rancid content want to rationalize their tactics, they claim they're only "holding up a mirror to society."

Too bad mountains of research dispel this feeble excuse. And if it's already what kids are doing, why do content ratings include assessments of "imitative behaviors" - negative material that will influence children in the wrong ways?

Simply put, MTV and other purveyors of pop culture are exploiting and corrupting America's young people. Our children are intentionally being told through TV shows, movies, song lyrics, websites and advertising that it's normal and appropriate to be hypersexual and sexually questioning, it's OK to experiment with drugs and alcohol (because every teen does!), it's typical to be disrespectful toward parents and other adults, and it's common to lie, cheat, steal and cuss your way through adolescence.

When, when, will the producers of media content for children and teens admit their role in demoralizing and demeaning an entire generation of Americans? And when will they use the power of media to inspire our youth to be wholesome and good?


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1 posted on 02/02/2011 9:53:45 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

why is it that we take bad british shows and make them even worse?


2 posted on 02/02/2011 9:58:55 AM PST by utherdoul
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To: utherdoul

“Likewise, one of the show’s actresses, Sophia Black-D’elia (who plays one of the show’s lesbian characters), was reported to have argued, “It’s what teens are doing. It’s the way teenagers believe [...]””

Like most actresses, this whore believes that everyone is as low as she is. Just like pop starlets who whore themselves, they like to make their sluttish behavior into some form of false empowerment.


3 posted on 02/02/2011 10:02:20 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Kaslin

Cut your cable TV service.

Sledge hammer your satellite dish.

Shoot your TV. Twice.

Get out the board games.

Get out the song books.

Get out the story books.

Play, sing, laugh, and dance as a family.

Learn to play musical instruments.

Learn to make model airplanes.

Set up the model railroad.

Forget about sitting around in an alpha state being hypnotized by images being strobed at you at 60 or 70 Hz.


4 posted on 02/02/2011 10:02:36 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Kaslin

I will never have cable in my house again until they offer al a carte programming.

I refuse to pay for this garbage.

So in the meantime, Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs are on Netflix.


5 posted on 02/02/2011 10:03:48 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: Kaslin

Oh, and make whatever sacrifices you need to make to get your kids out of the unGodly government school collective indoctrination centers.

Pray that it’s not too late to become a family again.


6 posted on 02/02/2011 10:05:35 AM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: netmilsmom

Downloading is an excellent alternative too. I just watched “Black Swan” and it’s so much better than to go to the movies. Better than paying money into the coffers of these pigs.


7 posted on 02/02/2011 10:08:16 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

Yeah stealing is much better. Especially when you steal a film distributed by News Corp. /sarc


8 posted on 02/02/2011 10:12:54 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

>>Yeah stealing is much better. Especially when you steal a film distributed by News Corp. /sarc<<

LOL!!!!
I watch streaming movies all the time.
Once I have paid to see them in a theater and plan to buy them on Blu-Ray, I am not “stealing” a thing.

Studios are offering more and more 3D and IMAX movies. Neither can be downloaded for the full experience. The studios are thwarting the downloaders because they are offering a product which cannot be “stolen”.

THAT is America, baby!


9 posted on 02/02/2011 10:28:42 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: Niuhuru

I won’t download. Way too many viruses for my taste.
But streaming video is excellent!


10 posted on 02/02/2011 10:30:52 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: netmilsmom

People pay services like Netflix to stream content. That’s not stealing. There are pleny of illegal bit torrent and streaming sites which certainly are stealing.


11 posted on 02/02/2011 10:31:04 AM PST by Borges
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To: netmilsmom

“Big Bang Theory” on DVD. The whole cast are members of my immediate family ... I’m laughing so hard they have to shake me.


12 posted on 02/02/2011 10:38:03 AM PST by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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To: Borges

>>There are pleny of illegal bit torrent and streaming sites which certainly are stealing.<<

You mean like “MovieForum”?

Nope. As long as one has paid in the theater and eventually buys the DVD or Blu-Ray, it’s not stealing.

We saw “Hairspray” twice in the theater. Once for the sing-a-long.
We then bought the DVD, got a PS3 and bought the Blu-Ray, special collectors edition.
After all that, to state that the times I watched the movie, streaming off the internet is stealing, is greed, plain and simple.

Like I said, the studios are now offering products that cannot be downloaded and have the same experience. When “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Pt. 2” comes out, the fans will flock to see it in IMAX 3D, Real-3D or DBox. None of which can be downloaded. No need to feel sorry for the studios.


13 posted on 02/02/2011 10:42:29 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: netmilsmom

I don’t feel sorry for the studios but I’m assuming most people aren’t going to the theater to see them first. And if 3D is the future of cinema...


14 posted on 02/02/2011 11:11:34 AM PST by Borges
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To: netmilsmom

OT but would someone please explain this bit torrent etc thing? I wanted to watch an old Hawaii Five 0 episode but hesitated to sign up on a torrent site because I wasn’t sure of the privacy/legality of what I was doing.

Any suggestions as to good sites? Thanks!


15 posted on 02/02/2011 11:26:33 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat (The Rodney King Riots: Courtesy of ABC, CBS, NBC & CNN)
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To: Tax-chick

I love that show! The one at that conference a couple of weeks ago had me laughing so hard my 12 y.o. was telling ME to be quiet.


16 posted on 02/02/2011 11:31:49 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: netmilsmom

I just LOVE seeing television series without having to have cable and see movies, old movies that aren’t in circulation. I manaed to download “The Last Mistress” and wihle it’s excellent quality, it’s in French with no subtitles and I do plan on buying it. I just want to be double sure that I’m getting something that is owrht paying for.


17 posted on 02/02/2011 11:44:22 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Two good sites are:

Alivetorrent.com
Kickasstorrents.com


18 posted on 02/02/2011 11:48:21 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Westbrook

I sincerely cannot understand why this is marketed as ‘normal,’ when it isn’t. Whne I was a teen, no one I knew did this.


19 posted on 02/02/2011 11:51:00 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Kaslin

call comcast and have MTV placed on a premium channel. That way you only pay for cr#p that your kids watch if you let them. I wish we could unbundle all the channels and do it one channel at a time. I’d have 6 channels and that’s fine. If my kids want to watch cr#p. When they’re 18 and out of the house they can pay for it.


20 posted on 02/02/2011 12:02:11 PM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat, they sh#t on.)
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To: Kaslin

Its sickening what is happening to this country.


21 posted on 02/02/2011 12:26:16 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

My 9-year-old is Sheldon. Anoreth said she couldn’t watch it after a few episodes because it gave her nightmares.


22 posted on 02/02/2011 12:59:11 PM PST by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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To: Kaslin
Once Again, MTV Exploits America’s Youth

Huh?

That's on their Mission Statement!

23 posted on 02/02/2011 1:48:00 PM PST by Elsie ( Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Tax-chick

LOL! I had a roommate in college that kind of reminds me of Raj! She was from India—very sweet, very smart, and sometimes gullible. If I had to place one of my kids in those roles, my oldest son would be Leonard.

My husband got me hooked on the show a while back. Now I set the timer for every Thursday night because it’s the only thing on TV that night worth watching!


24 posted on 02/02/2011 1:57:19 PM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

I found out about it on the NC Forum, and we just started getting the DVDs from Netflix. We’re still in the first season.

My husband is Leonard, and my oldest boy is Raj. Sigh.


25 posted on 02/02/2011 2:44:34 PM PST by Tax-chick (When politicians are "civil," the Republic is threatened.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Personally, I don’t like downloading videos. But most of what you want to see is streaming. Check out this search...

http://www.bing.com/search?q=hawaii+five-o+streaming&form=OSDSRC


26 posted on 02/02/2011 3:04:39 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: Borges

3D cinema sucks. You put on these Roy Orbison glasses that cost twenty dollars, over prescription glasses and the screen just looks darker. The only difference is the price.


27 posted on 02/02/2011 3:47:21 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: Kaslin

Likewise, one of the show’s actresses, Sophia Black-D’elia (who plays one of the show’s lesbian characters), was reported to have argued, “It’s what teens are doing. It’s the way teenagers believe [...]”

That’s how she’s justifying her behavior. If she just says everyone’s doing it then it’s ok! Not everyone engages in deviant behavior.. it’s just a small minority of very mentally messed up people.

Glad we don’t have cable anymore. Even when we had it many years ago my husband blocked a bunch of channels and mtv was one of them.


28 posted on 02/02/2011 3:56:19 PM PST by Trillian
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To: Kaslin

MTV is still on?


29 posted on 02/02/2011 4:06:39 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Kaslin
Funny thing about underage crap. Personally, I am into Japanese Anime and a couple of years ago, there was a man in Iowa who ordered some manga from Japan and some of it was perceived to be underage but not porno and the US Gov't through the Postal Inspector's office and Iowa law enforcement decided to make an example of him. Reference link. The type of stuff this guy got was lolita which I have no interest in. Most of the Anime I like is sci-fi, comedy and mecha including gearhead stuff like cars & motorcycles.

Be interesting to see if MTV gets off even without a slap on the hand !
30 posted on 02/02/2011 4:52:49 PM PST by CORedneck
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To: Elsie

Yo MTV sucks


31 posted on 02/02/2011 7:31:40 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: netmilsmom
Dish Online has some free stuff but you get lots more content if you subscribe to Dish Network.  I've found with my cable system that there is tons of on demand stuff to choose from.  VOD is the future of TV.  3D is just a fad.

32 posted on 02/02/2011 8:11:13 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: Niuhuru

I rent DVDs from my library for free. I’ve seen some great movies that I could not easily find at Blockbuster, which doesn’t seem to have a great selection of pre-DVD era films. I just watched Poor Little Rich Girl, a miniseries about the life of Barbara Hutton.


33 posted on 02/02/2011 9:22:25 PM PST by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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