'Skins': MTV releases racy new teaser, GM places show on 'do not buy' list
Amid breathless reports about the Parents Television Council calling for an advertiser boycott (thanks for obliging Taco Bell!) and a federal investigation, MTV’s Skins is continuing to push the envelope when it comes to telling racy and realistic stories about high schoolers. To wit: The network released this teaser from the Jan. 24 episode, which focuses on Tea (Sofia Black D’Elia), who is a lesbian struggling with coming out to her family and finding love.
“I would say Tea on the surface is very confident, tough, can hang with the boys kind of chick,” D’Elia told EW exclusively. “At first glance, she’s kind of unrelatable because I don’t know many teenagers that have that air of confidence and her bravado. But underneath it all she’s just as unsure as the rest of us.” She’s the one with the straight hair. Check out the clip below:
Meanwhile, the PTC announced today that GM has put Skins on its ‘do not buy’ list. “PTC thanks General Motors for swiftly responding to PTC members’ concerns about Chevy Volt advertisements,” PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement. “MTV admitted placing the Chevy commercial on Skins in error. GM also stated that MTV had apologized for its error. Every single advertiser who sponsored the premiere episode of Skins is not only endorsing, but glorifying teen drug and alcohol abuse, not to mention a plethora of baseless sexual content.”
MTV released this statement after the PTC called for a federal investigation into the show: “Skins is a show that addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way. We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards. 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. We also have taken numerous steps to alert viewers to the strong subject matter so that they can choose for themselves whether it is appropriate.”
Skins, which is a stateside version of the edgy British sensation of the same name, attracted 3.3 million viewers for its premiere this week.
(Additional reporting by Tim Stack)