DANGEROUS PROGRAM EVER?
following is the most urgent alert
the PTC has ever sent to parents.
It is absolutely crucial that
you be aware of the most dangerous
program that has ever been foisted on
Next Monday, January 17th,
at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific (only 9:00
p.m. Central/Mountain), MTV will debut its
new series Skins. Here’s why this
program is so dangerous to your kids:
is filled with graphic content
involving high-school children,
including depictions of teens drinking,
smoking marijuana, and using massive
quantities of drugs, engaging in violent
acts, and having irresponsible sex with each
other, with their schoolteachers, and with
other adults. Other TV shows, like Gossip
Girl, have included some of these
activities; but Skins’ depiction of
such activities is on a scale never before
seen on TV. Skins is so extreme that
MTV is rating the program TV-MA – a rating
cable has previously reserved for programs
like FX’s ultra-violent and
quasi-pornographic series Nip/Tuck,
which was wholly unsuitable for all but
those who crave explicit material.
is about high-school children.
Mixed in with the graphic drug use and sex
scenes are storylines about falling in love
and problems at school – elements sure to
generate interest from teens. The show is
being written, in part, by teens. And the
Skins cast is actually made up of
teenagers, not adult actors playing teens.
One cast member is only 15 years old.
has been extensively marketed
to high-school children. Internet
sites like Teen.com have carried dozens of
promos and stories about the new show. Many
of the Internet ad campaigns have shown how
Skins blatantly urges children to lie
to and defy their parents, and engage in
risky and dangerous behavior. MTV may try to
claim that this show is intended for adults
– but the way the show has been peddled to
kids reveals the truth.
MTV WANTS your kids to see –
and be influenced by -- this program!
MTV is deliberately aiming an
explicit adult series – one the network
itself rates as appropriate only for
adults – at YOUR CHILDREN!
see for yourself just how bad this show is,
this video placed on YouTube -- the
most popular online destination for millions
of children and teens -- to promote the
series. WARNING: The video
contains graphic content.
The most important thing to
us at the PTC is that parents and
grandparents like you are aware of this
program so you can protect your children and
But it is grossly unfair of
MTV – a basic cable and satellite channel –
to require parents to underwrite a show that
encourages children to lie and turn against
About one dollar of your
cable or satellite subscription fee goes to
MTV each month. That’s more than $10 that
subscribers like you pay to MTV every year.
And there are 100 million cable and
satellite subscribers in the U.S. That means
that MTV is collecting a billion
dollars a year from parents and
families – and they are using the money
to make programs that glorify children using
drugs, having sex, and defying their
If you are tired of the
entertainment industry deliberately
targeting your kids with their corrosive
programming – and forcing you to pay for it
-- you can TAKE ACTION!
With Cable Choice, you would
be able to select – and pay for – only the
channels you actually watch. You would no
longer be forced to pay for hundreds of
programs on dozens of channels you don’t
want – including ones that target your kids!
To sign our Cable Choice
petition – demanding that we as consumers
must be given the choice over which cable
networks we want to pay for –
And please consider assisting
the PTC financially. Our mission is to help
you protect your children from programs like
Skins. Please help us to keep you
To make a donation to the PTC,