‘Skins’ Creator Speaks Out

The cast of "Skins"

On today’s Morning Media Menu, we discussed the controversy that has bubbled over about the new MTV program Skins with GalleyCat’s Jason Boog. A British import and ratings winner (although EW.com reports that ratings have dropped considerably since the premiere), the show has come under fire for some of its racier content.

The show’s creator Bryan Elsley has written a response to the negative buzz, saying the show is a “rather old fashioned television series” that deals with the issues of real-live teens.

In the UK, viewers and commentators very quickly realized that although there are some sensational aspects to the show, Skins is actually a very serious attempt to get to the roots of young people’s lives. It deals with relationships, parents, death, illness, mental health issues, the consequences of drug use and sexual activity.

He further defends the program by pointing out that it has been praised for dealing with these issues, is an award winner, and “of course” it abides by the law.

Interestingly, we remember many moons ago when similar criticism was leveled at the original Beverly Hills 90210. But we digress. An MTV spokeswoman also issued a statement.  But there are these promos that are posted over on AgencySpy. What else does MTV need to be doing?

[Image via MTV.com.]