'Skins' Creator: MTV Series Is the 'Opposite of Pornography'

MTV Skins - Episode 2 TV Still - 2011
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Bryan Elsley, the creator of MTV's Skins, has no plans to amend the show's racy content despite a recent loss of corporate advertisers and concerns that the program might be violating child pornography laws.

Elsley, who also penned the original British series that MTV's series is based on, told the Los Angeles Times, "The show is the opposite of pornography. It isn't us who are being provocative. I think that some of the people who object to the show are being provocative in the use of that word."

Skins employs a largely underage cast to portray its troubled characters. In Monday's upcoming episode, the backside of a 17 year-old actor is shown as he runs naked from his house.  

Elsley explains that the scene, as well as similar content, needs to be taken in context. He told the Times, "It's about a boy who is abandoned by his mother. How he deals with that and how his friends come to realize that this happy-go-lucky boy has led an incredibly sad and fractured life."

MTV continues to stick by series and will air all 10 episodes of the show, which the network calls a "thoughtful and honest portrayal of teen life today."