We have yet to watch Skins, MTV's latest, since we're worried it'll ruin the excellent British original for us (and we hear it is basically a carbon copy, anyway). But no matter, MTV is happy these days since 3.3 million people did tune into the show's premiere on Monday. Well, except for the part where they are suddenly worried the sight of a 17-year-old boy's bare bottom running down a street in an upcoming episode might be construed as child pornography.
The network reportedly got nervous this week about the show's youthful cast (the youngest actor is 15) showing too much flesh (which could be construed as child pornography) and is trying to tidy up future episodes for public consumption. The problem is, according to the Justice Department guidelines, “a picture of a naked child may constitute illegal child pornography if it is sufficiently sexually suggestive.” And so now the former music video network is trying to make sure its minors are all properly clothed (or just completely non-sexually suggestive?). The thing is, if the scene is anything like the similar scene in the original (which it reportedly is) than MTV really shouldn't be concerned.
As Videogum put it this morning: "MTV executives, YOU ARE DOING PORN WRONG IF YOU THINK THAT IS WHAT PORN IS."