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MTV’S “SKINS”: Crossing The Line…

January 25, 2011 2 comments

MTV’s new racy show “Skins” is everywhere attracting more than 3 million viewers. Unfortunately the new show seems to be a hit.  However, it’s already running into trouble for it racy cocktail of sex, drugs and teenagers.

Reports have raised major concern that it is crossing the fine line of child pornography with executives at MTV’s parent company, Viacom which has asked MTV to “tone down some of the most explicit content”.  Taco Bell, H&R, Wrigley, GM, Schick and Subway have pulled its ads from the show after an outcry from the Parents Television Council.  Keeping that the show’s actual cast of teenagers, the PTC is “asking the Department of Justice and U.S. Senate and House of Judiciary Committees to open an investigation. MTV’s cop out to several outlets indicate, “We are confident that the episodes of “Skins” will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers.”

Yes “Skins” does infact cross the line and the filming of nudity that may not be seen on television is infact child porn; they have it all on tape.  Unfortunately Skins is the unfortunate reality in many lives of our teens but they DO NOT need encouragement nor to receive the wrong message that it’s okay to partake and act the way that the show is being directed.

On the other hand………yes, it is the responsibility of the parents to “patrol” and be in their kids business ALL OF THE TIME.  You cannot be their “best friend”, you have to be the “P-A-R-E-N-T”.  Our kids are exposed to way too much at way too early of ages; however, NOT ALL TEENS ARE GOING DOWN THESE PATHS.

“Skins” does not deserve the recognition that everyone is putting out there.Many teens are voicing their opinions by stating that the show is ridiculous and that the storyline is terrible.  Many teens are also pleading that the show be taken off of the air because the producers obviously CANNOT relate to teens these days.  All of the teens on Skins look like immature, irresponsible kids.  Ask REAL teenagers of America how things really are in high school.  Adults will be surprised to know that many are incredibly responsible and smart.  Hey as we all know, there are kids out there that act like this show but is it truly to the extent of what is being portrayed?  They are partaking in drugs and sex – let’s be real but again this show is condoning and basically advertising various methods and ideas to our young people and in essence condoning the action.

“Skins” also gives parents yet another reason to view teenager’s as “irresponsible” and “dangerous”.  One question posed is “because it happens in real life does that mean that it’s OK to make a show about it?”  The show is going to encourage more of that behavior.

If you’re a good, concerned parent, your kids will probably watch Skins and be upset just like you. If you’re not, you’re kids are probably doing what you’re seeing on that television and you should shut it off and get involved. Period.

Parents – it’s time to take action in your homes, it’s your J-O-B.

There is no controversy to this show is in my book.  It is downright degrading, demeaning, condones irrational behavior and the fact that it is explicit child porn (those under the age of 18) must be addressed and yes…………YANKED!


Presidential Proclamation–National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October 2010

October 4, 2010 Comments off

Presidential Proclamation–National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October 2010

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
October 01, 2010
Presidential Proclamation–National Domestic Violence Awareness Month




In the 16 years since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), we have broken the silence surrounding domestic violence to reach thousands of survivors, prevent countless incidences of abuse, and save untold numbers of lives.  While these are critical achievements, domestic violence remains a devastating public health crisis when one in four women will be physically or sexually assaulted by a partner at some point in her lifetime.  During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recognize the tremendous progress made in reducing domestic violence, and we recommit to making everyone’s home a safe place for them.

My Administration is committed to reducing the prevalence of domestic violence.  Last year, I appointed the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women to collaborate with the many Federal agencies working together to end domestic violence in this country.  Together with community efforts, these Federal programs are making important strides towards eliminating abuse.

The landmark Affordable Care Act also serves as a lifeline for domestic violence victims.  Before I signed this legislation in March, insurance companies in eight States and the District of Columbia were able to classify domestic violence as a pre existing condition, leaving victims at risk of not receiving vital treatment when they are most vulnerable.  Now, victims need not fear the additional burden of increased medical bills as they attempt to protect themselves and rebuild their lives.

Individuals of every race, gender, and background face domestic violence, but some communities are disproportionately affected.  In order to combat the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault in tribal areas, I signed the Tribal Law and Order Act to strengthen tribal law enforcement and its ability to prosecute and fight crime more effectively.  This important legislation will also help survivors of domestic violence get the medical attention, services, support, and justice they need.

Children exposed to domestic violence, whether victims or witnesses, also need our help.  Without intervention, they are at higher risk for failure in school, emotional disorders, substance abuse, and perpetrating violent behavior later in life.  That is why my Administration has launched the “Defending Childhood” initiative at the Department of Justice to revitalize prevention, intervention, and response systems for children exposed to violence.  The Department of Health and Human Services is also expanding services and enhancing community responses for children exposed to violence.

Ending domestic violence requires a collaborative effort involving every part of our society.  Our law enforcement and justice system must work to hold offenders accountable and to protect victims and their children.  Business, faith, and community leaders, as well as educators, health care providers, and human service professionals, also have a role to play in communicating that domestic violence is always unacceptable.  As a Nation, we must endeavor to protect survivors, bring offenders to justice, and change attitudes that support such violence.  I encourage victims, their loved ones, and concerned citizens to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 800-799-SAFE or visit:

This month — and throughout the year — let each of us resolve to be vigilant in recognizing and combating domestic violence in our communities, and let us build a culture of safety and support for all those affected.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2010 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  I call on all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support local efforts to assist victims of these crimes in finding the help and healing they need.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.