MTV Skins Child Porn Controversy

Once again MTV is in the center of the news with it’s new TV series “Skins”. The program is raising questions about child porn laws as it’s airing content that features the exploits of teenagers doing what teenagers do, getting hot and heavy.

The show focuses on the adventures of teens who get too involved in a steamy way and it has been reported by the NY Times that the executives of the network are worried that these new episodes might step over the boundaries and violate federal child pornography statutes.

The Times states that the third episode of the controversial series due to be broadcast on Jan 31, 2011 is the bone of contention as it features a nude scene with a 17-year-old actor seen running down the street.

This concern has had the executives order the producers of the program to make changes to accommodate their concerns. The scenes they feel are too explicit for their content direction.

Jeannie Kedas the MTV spokeswoman is quoted in the Times story regarding the issue and detailed her company’s guidelines and concerns about following the law. Kedas said:

“‘Skins’ is a show that addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way.We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards. We are confident that the episodes of ‘Skins’ will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers.”

At least one parents group the Patents Television Council has launched a salvo at MTV expressing their displeasure with the “Skins” television program.

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