There are serious fears that the U.S. version of Skins features scenes which are too explicit, and may even violate federal child pornography statutes. Yesteday Celeb Dirty Laundry reported that Taco Bell had pulled its ads off ‘Skins’ after the Parents Television Council urged people to contact the company and protest. We can now report that Wrigley gum, General Motors and H & R Block are the latest to follow suit and pull their ads.
“It was never our intent to endorse content that would offend consumers,” the folks at Wrigley said in a statement released Saturday.
The first episode last Monday drew 3.3 million viewers, a blockbuster number for a cable show. But since then, groups like the Parents Television Council have been lambasting Skins for its sexy content in a show being “marketed directly to children.”
No reaction from MTV yet. In a statement, MTV said it is in compliance with all “applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers.”