Images of sex, drugs, and drinking are definitely not a new or rare occurrence on television (think “Jersey Shore” or “Gossip Girl”) so what is it about MTV’s new show “Skins” that has so many people scandalized? According to the Parents Television Council the show actually crosses the line from racy entertainment to child pornography because many of the young actors are underage. The PTC has gone so far as to urge Congress and the Department of Justice to investigate MTV and its parent company Viacom saying, “We call upon your committees to immediately investigate Viacom and MTV for the production of this material. Furthermore, we urge you in the strongest possible terms to compel the attorney general to mount an investigation by the Department of Justice into whether the production of ‘Skins’ has violated federal law meant to protect minors from exploitation.”
While all of the buzz will probably cause more people to tune in (the first episode drew 3.3 million viewers, the majority of which were in the 12-34 year old age range), the controversy has advertisers running in the other direction. To date, Taco Bell, GM, Wrigley’s, and Subway have all withdrawn their ads from the show. MTV responded by saying that “We have an ongoing dialogue with our advertising partners about the best fit for them across our diverse lineup of shows. We know that not every show works for every advertiser. That said, we are confident that ‘Skins’ will continue to connect with the audience it was created for and that advertisers will take advantage of the opportunity to reach them.”
“Skins” is based on an award-winning British tv show and was adapted for an American audience. In a statement on MTV’s website, creator Bryan Elsley defended the show saying that it “is written from the perspective of teenagers” and “reflects their world view”. He also notes that “Skins” tries to tell the truth and that “Sometimes that truth can be a little painful to adults and parents.”
Time will tell if MTV decides to make any changes to upcoming episodes or stands firm against their critics. What do you think: are the show’s storylines accurate or sensationalized?
The singer said in an interview with Access Hollywood that, “It’s been a long journey. It’s been tough because I’ve been trying to hold on to a shred of privacy.” Because of the intense interest from the media and the public, Mariah decided not to reveal her due date saying only that the couple was “expecting in the spring”.
While it seemed that Mariah was trying to keep some of the details of her pregnancy private, her husband couldn’t contain himself and he just revealed a big secret on his radio show, Rollin’ With Nick Cannon, they’re having twins! Cannon says that when Mariah ran into President Obama and Michelle Obama recently, the First Couple themselves actually asked, “So, what are you having, are you having twins?” and the question so overwhelmed Carey that she spilled the beans. Cannon also said that “at this point she hadn’t told anybody anything because doctors advised us to keep it to ourselves until we get further along.”
Carey and Cannon were married in the Bahamas on April 30th, 2008 after dating for only six weeks. Since the wedding, there have been near constant reports that the singer was pregnant but it seems that what many previously thought was a baby bump was actually just the result of Carey’s fluctuating weight! Prior to confirming their pregnancy Mariah fueled the rumors by wearing a maternity dress during a visit to Brazil and when asked if she was expecting said, “When the time is right, everyone will know.”
Perhaps the most memorable thing about the 2011 Golden Globe Awards (other than Mad Men star January Jones revealing her assets in a sexy Versace gown) was watching host Ricky Gervais systematically burn every bridge he’d built in Hollywood.
This was the British comedian’s second year hosting the show and the award’s organizers had to have had some idea of what they were getting themselves into when they asked Gervais to return. From the reactions of the celebrity-filled audience though, it seemed that most were shocked by how personal Gervais got with his jokes and the hostile tone some of his comments seemed to have.
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James Franco stars in the new movie ‘127 Hours’, based on the true story of hiker Aron Ralston who was trapped alone in a Utah canyon for five days in 2003. After a loose boulder pinned his arm against a canyon wall, Ralston made the harrowing decision to amputate his own arm with a dull pocketknife in order to survive.