'Skins' Star Defends Show's Racy Content: 'It's What Teens Are Doing'
12:53 PM PST 1/21/2011 by THR staff
As Taco Bell pulls ads, an actress on the MTV series speaks out: "'Skins' goes where other shows are afraid to."
Skins star Sofia Black-D'elia - who plays a lesbian teen on the MTV series - is defending the controversial content."It's pushing the boundaries for teen drama because I think Skins goes where other shows are afraid to," she said on the HDNet show 'Naughty But Nice With Rob' this week. Nevertheless, the show is under fire. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Thursday that Taco Bell has pulled its ads after the Parents Television Council urged people to contact the company to protest. The PTA says MTV's parent company, Viacom, has knowingly produced material that may well be in violation of several anti-child pornography laws. But Black-D'elia says, "It's what teens are doing. It's the way teenagers believe, I think, especially you know in certain situations when you come from home lives where your parents don't really support you or really listen to you. That's what most of these kids are going through. And so, um, the drugs and the sex, they're vices, and that's what teenagers have." Skins debuted strong Monday night with 3.3 million viewers. It is now MTV's highest-rated new scripted series in the network's key 12-34 demo - a 3.4 - which translates to roughly 2.7 million.
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