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More 'Skins' Controversy: Subway Pulls Ads

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 24th 2011 2:45PM
Skins, controversy, MTVWill this 'Skins' controversy ever die?

Not until the show does too, if the Parents Television Council has its way. And it looks like the PTC might -- according to The Hollywood Reporter, Subway is the latest major sponsor to pull its ads from the show.

A spokesperson told THR that the company "will not be advertising on [Monday's] episode."

The PTC began targeting advertisers last week after MTV executives allegedly held secret meetings to discuss whether 'Skins' could be considered child pornography. Taco Bell pulled its ads first, followed by Wrigley and G.M. this weekend.

Among the other brands on the PTC's target list: L'Oréal, Subway, Foot Locker, Orbit chewing gum and Extra chewing gum.

PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement, "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."

The organization is also calling for Congress to investiage the show: "In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode. It is clear that Viacom has knowingly produced material that may well be in violation of [several anti–child pornography laws]."

However, cast member Ron Mustafaa, 20, told TV Squad in an interview before the premiere that he thinks parents should use the show as a tool to talk to their children. "Have a good time, watch it with your kids," he said. "It's a show. Your kids might be doing this, or they might not. We're not saying they should do it."

"It would even be a great conversation opener," added his castmate Danny Flaherty, a 17-year-old from New Jersey.

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