• Entertainment

Will MTV’s “Skins” Run Afoul Of Child Porn Laws?

I smell a publicity stunt: MTV is worried future episodes of “Skins,” its new show about the hormone-laden escapades of a posse of Baltimore teens, will run afoul of child pornography laws because of too much sexxxy sex. “Skins,” which debuted on Monday, is an Americanized version of a popular show in Britain; however, the UK — and Europe in general — have much more liberal attitudes towards sexuality, especially in youngsters. Most of the actors or non-actors on MTV’s scripted programs or reality shows are adults over the age of 18. However, some of the actors on “Skins” are as young as 15 and acting out sexual acts onscreen could, by some interpretations of the laws, be seen as trying to arouse viewers. (Granted, I’m not an expert on the laws regarding this subject.) A particular episode in dispute is apparently about Chris, who takes an erectile dysfunction pill and gets an erection; the actor who plays Chris is 17-years-old. Sources told the Times that MTV execs ordered producers to tone down sexual content in future episodes. But somehow I don’t believe, as the Times reports, “In recent days, executives at the cable channel became concerned that some scenes from the provocative new show … may violate federal child pornography statutes.” Really? In recent days? The legal ramifications of your programming just occurred to your standards and practices lawyers, MTV? It just occurred to you that a 15-year-old actor is not a legal adult? It’s not like the channel hasn’t made programming for decades. I don’t think MTV is stupid and I don’t think, knowing how many lawsuit-happy conservative parents’ groups there are out there, they would go filming a show that could put them in legal hot water. Sorry, but I smell publicity-seeking B.S. here. [NY Times]

Posted Under: , , , , , , ,
  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular