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Taco Bell Pulls Ads from 'Skins' -- Too Spicy

1/20/2011 5:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Taco Bell wants nothing to do with MTV's risque new teen show "Skins" -- and have pulled their ads from the program after a parental group expressed concern about potential child porn violations.

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A rep for TB tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Upon further review, we’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming."

As we first reported, the Parents Television Council fired off a letter to the U.S Department of Justice AND the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees -- over concerns the show uses underage actors in graphic sexual situations ... possibly violating anti-child porn laws.

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Lori    

Good for T.B. maybe I'll try eating there again.

1182 days ago
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anony    

Don't these people realize that all these PTC problems and pulling advertising, etc. is only going to get MORE people to try to see this show?

1182 days ago
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chrissy    

If my child was a teenager he would not be allowed to watch this show. I was no saint in high school, nor do I expect teenagers to be, but glorifying drug abuseand promiscuity is not okay. I know that some teenagers engage in these types of activities, but it irresposible for MTV to have a television show dedicated to the teenagers with the most destructive issues. Good for Taco Bell taking a stand for morality.

1182 days ago
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4alwayz30mzone    

THIS SHOW MUST GO~CERTAINLY WILL NOT BE TUNING IN AGAIN~ONCE WAS ENOUGH AND MY SON REALLY DOES NOT NEED MORE OF THIS KIND OF TRASH TO VIEW ON TV .. DOES NOT INTEREST HIM EITHER THANK GOODNESS

1182 days ago
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steph C    

So glad I am from a country with censorship free television, the US needs to wake up and admit the skins is a reflection of where a lot of teens are in their lives. Doesnt make it bad to see or encourage people to follow suit, it actully highlights what happens when you make bad decisions kids make and the consequences of them. Another example of the right wing spoon feeding the american public with only what they deem suitable for viewing. God forbid there is some thought provoking, people might start getting ideas.

1182 days ago
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CB    

I love the puritan values!! What a crock. In Europe they show much more. This UK transplant/remake was toned down for U.S. audiences. I watch BBC America, and most UK shows have to be edited for U.S. television because the U.S. public can't handle them. I love how the puritans complain, but go to Italy, home of the Vatican, and even their programming is more rique (including nudity) than on censored American television. This is the 21st Century, not the 15th! Grow up!!!!

1182 days ago
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steph C    

The UK version is bang on point, I dont usually hold up any hope for american remakes of our shows, however the office surprised me therefore think Skins may be worth a try.

1182 days ago
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Kevin    

They did the same thing when Jersey Shore first came out..They baild on their advertising..Now look, Jersey shore has more viewers than Grays Anatomy.

1182 days ago
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Sociopaths are Sad    

I just don't think all teens are acting this way. Of course, some are...just as there will always be many slutty promiscuous women and men. But there are just as many responsible and non-promiscuous teens out there. Why doesn't 'Skins' show those kids? Too normal? So, yeah, I see the point here that this show is glorifying sex and drugs.

I know some of these slutty teens that grew up to be slutty women and men. They are pathetic. Unhappy in their current relationships (if, indeed, they are IN relationships). Usually cheating on their partners, out of work, many have STIs. Haven't changed their ways. Slutty teens turned into slutty adults. Meh. Next!

1182 days ago
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icantbelieveitsnotbutter    

What's the big deal. You don't like it don't watch it. Tell your kid's not to watch it (like that will work). And if you think your 15 year is not doing the things protrayed in the show, you need to have your head examined. I just read where the pregnancy rate in the Memphis school system averages 1 in every 14 girls. Now THAT ALARMING.

Instead of trying to get them to stop doing it, TEACH them safe sex. They are going to do it, whether you want them to or not. PERIOD.

1182 days ago
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AyeJay    

And they said Jersey Shore was a bad influence on the kids. Lol atleast Jersey Shore cast is over 21 and not kids who are acting in a show that are kids in high school. This is like a modern day Laguna Beach to be honest.

1182 days ago
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Sparky    

Ha, they think the American version is too spicy. Tell them to watch the original British version, especially the raw version of it, not the one that was cleaned up for BBC America. I never liked Taco Bell either so what, who cares that they pulled their ad.

1182 days ago
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gitRdun    

The Parents Television Council needs to STFU! There was nothing in Skins that could even come close to being illegal. Don't they think MTV has lawyers who know what isn't legal? Geez.

1182 days ago
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ay    

really? the new skins is mild compared to the UK version.. and the UK version is 10x better. what a bunch of p***ies this country is becoming.

1182 days ago
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Physical Graffiti    

Carl's Jr should advertise on that show. They're ads are smutty, so perfect fit!

1182 days ago
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