A watchdog group is taking its campaign against a controversial MTV show to another level, reports James Hibberd in Entertainment Weekly’s Inside TV blog.
The Parents Television Council wants its members to urge their state officials to investigate local cable and satellite providers for possible child pornography violations for distributing MTV’s “Skins,” the story says.
The show already appears to be in trouble, with advertisers distancing themselves and viewership falling. Despite this, MTV is standing by the show and says all 10 episodes will be televised.
The New York Times reported two weeks ago that MTV execs were worried about the show possibly violating child pornography laws.
Said PTC President Tim Winter: “It is unfortunate that we have reached the point of having to call for a criminal investigation into the production and distribution of an MTV show depicting minors in sexual situations. As if the blatant teen drug and alcohol abuse on ‘Skins’ isn’t enough, the fact that MTV allegedly considered whether its program might have violated child pornography laws–and then went ahead and aired it anyway–is beyond repulsive.”