MTV’s Newest Show: “Skins”

Over the past few days I’ve noticed banners and advertisements about “Skins” and had no idea what it was about.  This morning I looked more carefully at one of the banners online and noticed that the MTV logo was on it, so I did a little research and here’s what I’ve found.

Skins is an upcoming show (starts in January 2011) based off a UK show of the same name.  Even doing a basic Google Image search for “MTV Skins” reveals binge drinking, sexuality, and homosexuality.  Here’s the description of the show provided on their website, skins.tv:

SKINS is a wild ride through the lives of nine high school friends stumbling through the mine field of adolescence… and stepping on most of the mines as they go. Be it sex, drugs, the breadth of friendships or the depth of heartbreaks, SKINS is an emotional mosh-pit that slams through the insanity of teenage years.

The kids of SKINS will crush hearts and burn brain cells, while fearlessly confronting every obstacle head on… or slightly off.

Sounds great, just what we need to be putting in front of teenagers: Another example of the glorified “wild ride” of adolescence filled with drugs and alcohol and sex.

Parents: Talk to your teenager about shows like this (talk, don’t lecture!) and ask them why they think shows like this are so attractive to their peers.  Encourage them to be thoughtful in working through the message the show is communicating.  If you really want to be edgy, check out the website (or, if you talk to your son/daughter after the show has premiered, watch it with him/her and discuss it afterwards and empower your teenager to decide whether or not they really think they should continue watching).

Teens: How would you answer the questions above?  Why do you think MTV keeps producing shows like this?  What message are these shows communicating to you?  Do you realize that these shows are influencing your peers (and you) in your views about drugs and alcohol and sexuality?

Here is the link to the show’s promo video on YouTube.  I’ve chosen not to embed the video here because it does include plenty of skin, sexuality, alcohol & drug use, and other sins that the Apostle Paul lists in Colossians 3.  Consider yourself warned if you choose to click the above link to watch the promo video (keeping in mind that many teens will be watching the show, which will be far more racy than the promo!).

Colossians 3:1-10
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is youra life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.  But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.  Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

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