Shocking news of the day: MTV inappropriate for anyone under 21
Another possible title of this post could have been: MTV inappropriate for anyone under 21, unless you’re a pedophile. Apparently MTV’s new show “Skins” depicts a 17 year old running down the street naked, and therefore, may have violated child porn laws. A 17 year old running down the street naked? Where I come from, that means you scored “zero” on whatever game you were playing. Just prior to the jog, one may hear the following: “bob’s the big loser; time for a naked run; everyone get your cameras!” So, count me as someone who doesn’t think depicting a 17 year old dude running naked is child porn…it’s just awkward.
The foregoing should in no way be interpreted as me thinking MTV is appropriate for, well, anyone, however. When I was a kid, my parents strictly prohibited the watching of MTV. Of course, I watched it anyway, and then blamed my sisters for it. Times have changed though, and sneaking some MTV no longer amounts to being subjected to songs about stuff that’s “wiggity, wiggity, wiggity, wack.” Now, the kids get to watch shows like “Skins.”
What is “Skins” you ask? Well, I’ve never seen the American version, but I have watched the U.K. version…and if the American version is anything like the U.K. version (which it appears to be from the clips I’ve watched), than it should be reserved for Showtime. The problem: 1.2 million under-18 kids watched the American premiere.
So, what have we learned? Should we blame MTV for pushing teenage sex (either real or fiction)? No. Should we blame kids for being dumb? No. Both are doing what comes naturally. Have our societal values eroded over the last 20 years? Obviously. The important question is: Where were the parents of those 1.2 million? My guess: watching re-runs of Remote Control with Ken Ober.