Monday, January 24, 2011

Another reason you should hate MTV's Skins

MTV's new show Skins has lost a third sponsor and may be in violation of child pornography laws. As we learned from Jersey Shore, controversy often does more good than harm for generating buzz and viewership - lost advertising revenue aside, I predict the show will, regrettably, be a hit.

What producers can't applaud themselves for, however, is authenticity. Maybe it's because I grew up in the Midwest... but I'm completely befuddled by reviews like this Newsweek article that claim Skins "may be the most realistic show on television." Despite, or perhaps due to the fact that producer Bryan Elsley created the show with his 19-year-old son and employs teenage consultants and actors, I think it comes across as more teenage fantasy than reality. (Disclaimer: I couldn't sit through the whole thing, which says a lot, considering my usual zeal for trashy television.)

Consider, for example, the cheerleading scene... Apparently at Skins' high school, the cheerleaders wear bras for tops and end routines by groping the flier - who happens to be a lipstick lesbian.



The most realistic thing in the scene is the mascot perched upon each perky breast, which looks A LOT like the pride of UW-Madison - Bucky Badger.



If someone at MTV isn't locked up for child pornography, can they at least be prosecuted for defiling our beloved mascot? "The coolest school in America" should not be associated with this silly little show.

5 comments:

WA said...

I find it remarkable that MTV has that show as well as its ultimate result "Teen Mom" on its line-up.

Zip said...

Wow, that does look exactly like your Badger! Weird. BTW, this isn't how high school was for us old ladies, but times they are a'changing.

Stephanie Faris said...

I've never watched it...but I have to admit you have my curiosity up. Are they pretending to be a reality show or is it completely scripted? I get so confused these days between reality shows/scripted shows PRETENDING to be reality shows/fully scripted shows...

Amy said...

It's scripted, but does have kind of a reality show vibe. MTV in particular has a lot of shows that confuse me...

Caroline said...

I can't even comment on that... But yay Badgers!!! I had no idea we were so cool!

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