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+ - New TV Show May Violate Child Pornography Laws 3

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The Contra Costa Times reports that executives at MTV are concerned that some scenes from the provocative new show "Skins" may violate child pornography statutes defined by the federal government as any visual depiction of someone under 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct. "Skins" is an import from Britain, a country that has historically displayed a higher tolerance for TV eroticism and episodes there included simulated masturbation, implied sexual assault, and teenagers disrobing and getting into bed together. The early episodes for MTV, including the third one, are virtually identical to the source material. The Parents Television Council, a TV watchdog group, has labeled "Skins" the "most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children" and has asked Congress and the Justice Department to investigate because unlike "Glee" and other TV shows depicting sexually active teenagers, the actors in "Skins" are still teenagers, rather than actors in their 20s. However MTV says the show addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way. "We also have taken numerous steps to alert viewers to the strong subject matter so that they can choose for themselves whether it is appropriate.""
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New TV Show May Violate Child Pornography Laws

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  • Now we know why US-made shows about supposed "teenagers" all use actors who look to be at least 27 years old.
    • by wdef (1050680)
      And I guarantee this "Skins" show will be severely edited or banned outright whether it has any artistic or social merit or not.
  • MTV hasn't shown or produced anything of value since their first few years of existence. Mind numbing (non)reality shows make up most of their content. I can't imagine this show being any better... not because of its content, but because of its lack of substance.

    That said, here in the US we do have a pretty prude system which is way outdated. I'm a firm believer that content like this should be allowed to air if people will watch it (and more importantly advertisers will pay for it). If parents don't wa

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