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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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31.

CB    

Maybe we should just put on television, good old Christian shows. The other religion that is prominent in Hollywood is destroying our children! Yes, show only God's way that we should be! Cherry-pick Bible stories to support our beliefs and bigotry's. Only show family's with a mother and father, who are always home to guide their child(ren). Yes, a true lifestory. The father the breadwinner, the mother an at home housewife. Show life as it truly is!!! We can have scenes of kids going to church and learning the gospel from religious leaders, and spend some special time getting guidance from their highly respected priests. Oh wait...maybe not!!!!!!!!!!

1337 days ago
32.

Barb    

Kudos to Taco Bell for doing the right thing.

1337 days ago
33.

en Todo Momento!!    

yeah, i know....christian uber-puritan values brainwash is totally like destroying and ruining culture advancement (entirely!) around the globe. i think leftist communist values (or say, islamic ones for that matter....) should be promoted more, such as old men engaging with sex with young girls, teen and child sex, really anything that is simply NOT!! moralistic OVERBEARING CHRISTIANITY!! give me a bible so i can throw it in your face!!

1337 days ago
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chrissy    

I find it interesting how many personal and religious attacks those in favor of this show are throwing out. Honestly, it is very prejudicial and disgusting. Those commenting that people against this show want religious programming that emulates the values of the 50s are off base. One extreme to the other huh? There is a classier way to present teen issues. The popular teen show Degrassi is oe example. They tackle issues about sex, drugs, gender, and sexual orientation in away that does not promote drug abuse or promiscuity.

1337 days ago
35.

sara    

FACT: Every good american TV show is a rip off of British TV (specifically BBC) starting with "The Office", "What Not to Wear", "Clean house", " Gordan Ramsey Kitchen Nightmares", "Super Nanny" and now this. Let's please start being more original

1337 days ago
36.

Weed    

The same happen to jersey shore.Once the ratings go up Taco bell will run right back.People get over it your kids smoked and had sex before this show and there going to do it after.

1337 days ago
37.

Tex    

Correct me if i'm wrong but, except for the drugs, weren't tons of the '80s (very entertaining) youth movies exactly like this show? Has America's soul aged so much?

The real power of Skins is that it makes you young again, more than any other tv program i've seen so far. This is the impression i've had watching the original series, and it seems to me that this one has the same potential.

1337 days ago
38.

Paris    

Why do we want to watch Fu@ked up teens? Let there parents deal with the trash. Not in my house.

1337 days ago
39.

MW    

Oh please we have all been teenagers before and the more we make a big deal out of it, the more the kids are going to want to watch it.. I for sure was not a saint as a teen, this show is mild compared to some of the shows and movies teens are really into right now..

1337 days ago
40.

jess    

I am American and have been watching the Original British version of Skins for years-
The MTV version does not do Skins justice- The BBC is so much better than any US broadcast network.
You want racy, raunchy, pill popping, partying, spliffing, sex watch the real Skins online- this other sh*t is nothing to get you panties twisted about.
Cheers to Tony, Effy, Jal, Chirs, Cassey, Michelle, the real SKINS kids

1337 days ago
41.

MissAnn    

"Not fit for their brand"? Does Taco Bell not realize it's whole chain is built on underage kids and college students that are drunk and high going to their drive thrus at 2am to get munchies? lol What a joke.

1337 days ago
42.

MissAnn    

Some of you might have grown up in a sheltered home, but being a teen is just about what this show is. Getting high, sneaking around, and having sex! OMG did I like totally ****ter the candy coated dream house you prudes seem to live in? Kids, fck, and fight, and do things mommy and daddy couldn't dream of doing because they are too close minded. In some foreign countries showing your face could get you stoned. In the 20s wearing a bathing suit above your knees was unacceptable. It's 2011 and when will you people learn the envelope can always be pushed. If nudity was the norm you would be griping about who has less hair covering their chochas. At least a show like this is fictional and not presented as real life like Jersey Shore.

1337 days ago
43.

Nee    

This country is so uptight.

1337 days ago
44.

Wiley    

Trashy people all want to think that "everyone" is doing it to justify their trashy ways. If European TV is so much better why are all you concerned about what we broadcast here in the US? Watch your own damned TV and shut up. We don't want to be like you and never will. European TV is awful and there is no demand for it in this country or we would have it already. There is absolutely no good to come of shows like this directed at our children. MTV no longer does music and it shouldn't be marketed as a music channel. It does nothing but bad "reality" shows and crap like this, all directed towards teens and promoting their agendas.

CB: if you want to watch porn then you subscribe to a porn channel. Most of us don't want to pay for it as part of our TV package. I'm guessing you're concerned because your mommy and daddy won't pay for your porn. What a loser!

1337 days ago
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CB    

@Wiley. I am glad you are such an expert on European television. If that is what you consider porn, then you are way to far in. You have parental controls on your TV, use them, then sit back and watch your CBN and the 700 Club. Of course, stay away from PBS too, someones butt might appear on one of those European porn shows like Masterpiece Classic or Mysteries.

1337 days ago
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