Advertisers Ditching Too-Hot Skins

Wrigley joins Taco Bell and GM
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 24, 2011 3:45 AM CST
James Newman, playing Tony, and Sofia Black-D’Elia as Tea get close on "Skins."   (AP Photo/MTV)
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(Newser) – The new barrier-busting MTV series Skins might not be child porn, but a mounting list of squeamish advertisers are deserting the popular show. The Wrigley Company has become the third sponsor to ditch the show, following the lead of GM and Taco Bell, reports the Hollywood Reporter. "Wrigley has decided to suspend any advertising during MTV's Skins as it was never our intent to endorse content that could offend consumers," said a statement from the company. The watchdog Parents Television Council has labeled Skins "the most dangerous TV show for children we have ever seen."

The council is urging advertisers to drop the program, and has called for a federal investigation into the show. MTV representatives said in statement that they're convinced the program, which features sex and substance abuse by underage teens, complies "with all applicable legal requirements," and meets "our responsibilities to our viewers." The statement emphasized that MTV has taken numerous steps to "alert viewers to the strong subject matter so that they can choose for themselves whether it is appropriate." (Read on to learn more about one of the show's stars, who plays a lesbian teen.)

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