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H&R Block -- We Want No Part of 'Skins'

1/22/2011 7:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

H&R Block is the latest company to pull its ads from the controversial MTV show "Skins" -- but the company tells us their ad wasn't supposed to run during the show in the first place.

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The popular tax return company is just the latest to pull its ads from the show -- Wrigley, Taco Bell and GM have already pulled theirs. A rep for the company tells TMZ, "H&R Block is not an advertiser of the show. One ad ran by mistake as part of a rotation. Once we learned this, we immediately took steps to ensure it didn't happen again. This program is not brand right and H&R Block did not select it to be part of our rotation."

The controversial teen drama has drawn the ire of conservative groups because of its racy subject matter. The Parents Television Council has fired off a letter voicing their concerns to the U.S Department of Justice and the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees.


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61.

Bob    

Good for H & R. You got to be a sicko to even watch this trash! When does all this garbage end? Seems like you take the trash out and more trash is waiting in line. You people who watch this need to see a Dr. for your kiddy perv problems. Out with the trash!

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62.

perfectd    

Underage drinking, drug use and casual sex. Not what should be on TV, involving kids and aimed at kids. It does go on though. I am very open minded and believe in casual sex, but amoung adult, not kids.

1335 days ago
63.

star    

sheeshhh -__- first off whats all the tlk about 7-10 y/olds ?? at that age what they watch on TV should be CONTROLLED or they should be too busy sleeping than to be watching this show. it comes on at like 10 or 11 at night. i personally like SKINS b/c its one of the realist shows out here concerning teens b/c believe it or not a lot of teens these days are doing just what those characters in the show are doing if not worse. and if any show should be degraded it should be Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant b/c its basically IDOLIZING and glamourizing TEEN PREGNANCY. contrary to popular belief many teens are TRYING to get pregnant so they can land a role on that show. and like another user said, the remote does have an OFF button so just simply turn it off or block that station and whatever else station is airing such controversial behavior of teens. simple as that. i see and understand the concern many ppl have but hey, if you're going to down this show go ahead and down Bad Girls Club, Degrassi, Jersey Shore, and everything else that many teens and even younger children watch if everyone's that concerned about the effect it will have on the youth.

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64.

Amber    

The show really isn't that bad. There are worse shows that have been on years years and haven't been taken off.

1335 days ago
65.

Nichole    

I caught part of this show last night while at work. It disgusted me. A bunch of teenagers just running around having casual sex with as many people as possible. Just very disturbing that anyone would promote something like that!

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66.

Paola    

The effect of media on society and how it fuels School and Cyber Bullying, cause and effect based on statistics.
A fact based production that reveals the root of school bullying and cyber bullying, thereafter the focus moves onto the effect (teen suicides, teen depression). The production raises awareness for the V chip which is a solution to help stop the bullies from accepting their behavior in society.


A Myron Katsapas and Paola Andrea Production..


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQPUVEMn2Qs


Thank you to Lonelygirl15 for her footage and thanks to Netherlands radio Choir

1335 days ago
67.

Wiley    

Parenting is ultimately still your responsibility as in if you're really worried about this effecting your children then maybe you need to evaluate your effectiveness as positive roll models in your children's lives. It's TV for goodness sake!

Posted at 3:04 PM on Jan 22, 2011 by DDN1200

Exactly! That's why we're doing everything possible to keep children from being exposed to crap like this. We're setting an example by saying no to perverts and perverted TV. I'm sure the pedophile population is going crazy with this show. MTV has sunk to a new low by targeting 12 year olds with this show.

1335 days ago
68.

sunshinerad    

Who chews Wrigley?

1335 days ago
69.

Wiley    

It wont make the majority of teenagers, or tweens, start doing whats in the show. and if anyone does start doing stuff you notice is similar to stuff in the show - chances are they always have and your just copping on now, or they were always going to!!! That is all.

Posted at 3:38 PM on Jan 22, 2011 by amy

We don't now or ever want to be like you "Europeans". You can do whatever you want. We don't care. The fact is that young people do imitate what they see on TV. That's why MTV targeted this show for 12-34 year olds. Unfortunately, this is just one of dozens of shows broadcasting this kind of stuff to our children for the netwoks own profit. We have strict child porn laws to discourage the exploitation of children and this show flaunts them all. How is this show going to be beneficial to anyone except MTV? We just don't want it. European TV does not set standards for us, we don't like your shows, and it's just barely tolerated in this country. Stay in Europe if you don't like standards. The difference between you and us is that a lot of us still care.

1335 days ago
70.

Wiley    

This show is filmed (and, I believe, produced) in Toronto, Canada. I'm sure that if the producers thought they might be breaking any laws in the creation of the show, it wouldn't exist in it's current form. Whether it can be shown legally in all 50 states is another issues.

Posted at 6:13 PM on Jan 22, 2011 by samson

Wishful thinking on your part. We have federal child porn laws that forbid child porn being broadcast or distributed in any way. People are arrested every day for having child porn on their computers and the same rules apply to all media. Doesn't matter where the porn is made, it can't be distributed here. Naked children engaging in sexual acts is child porn whether it is simulated or not. If you think legalizing child porn is "progressive" then you're a pervert.

1335 days ago
71.

amy    

We don't now or ever want to be like you "Europeans". You can do whatever you want. We don't care. The fact is that young people do imitate what they see on TV. That's why MTV targeted this show for 12-34 year olds. Unfortunately, this is just one of dozens of shows broadcasting this kind of stuff to our children for the netwoks own profit. We have strict child porn laws to discourage the exploitation of children and this show flaunts them all. How is this show going to be beneficial to anyone except MTV? We just don't want it. European TV does not set standards for us, we don't like your shows, and it's just barely tolerated in this country. Stay in Europe if you don't like standards. The difference between you and us is that a lot of us still care.

Posted at 11:57 AM on Jan 23, 2011 by Wiley


Sorry I completely forgot that in Ireland we dont have standards - you are so right. I think America is a great nation, but if you are going to get an attitude toward us 'Europeans' maybe remember your 'high' standards as a society...the fact that in America you have an awful trend of school shootings, an obesity problem that is disgusting and the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the world. In Ireland we do have standards - understanding the difference between making a fuss over TV and being an active parent who looks at how education and helping a childs development starts in the home, and how that is far more important, and an influential factor, than the former. America has done great things for the world, but that doesnt make it ok for you to brand the rest of us as not caring for our children because we view things different...though you are probably one of the Americans who still thinks we dont have electricity and are all famine stricken farmers here in Ireland so you may be forgiven.....And may I also remind you that ye were the originators as such explotive shows as the Biggest Loser (get fat then get famous), Pretty Little Liars (more girl on girl action) and a torrent of other shows...by the way there all soing great over here due to the lack of standards. And by the way we do have child protection laws too...your not that f*cking superior!!

1335 days ago
72.

Wiley    

why is it america has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world!!! and it is not because they are watching skins, its because they are not educated enough to know better

Posted at 6:54 PM on Jan 22, 2011 by Sugatolo

We're not even close to the highest rate, it's been decreasing forever, and it is now at a 71 year low. Our teen pregnancy rate is inflated by the huge influx of legal and illegal people here from countries that consider teen pregnancy normal and don't use birth control of any type, but that will change as they become more assimilated. If you think our children don't know about birth control then you are just ignorant. I guess you have to grasp at anything, real or imaginary, to make yourselves feel superior to us. The fact is, no one in this country cares what you think. We don't want to be like you! What business is it of yours what we do with our TV?

1335 days ago
73.

amy    

We're not even close to the highest rate, it's been decreasing forever, and it is now at a 71 year low. Our teen pregnancy rate is inflated by the huge influx of legal and illegal people here from countries that consider teen pregnancy normal and don't use birth control of any type, but that will change as they become more assimilated. If you think our children don't know about birth control then you are just ignorant. I guess you have to grasp at anything, real or imaginary, to make yourselves feel superior to us. The fact is, no one in this country cares what you think. We don't want to be like you! What business is it of yours what we do with our TV?

Posted at 12:39 PM on Jan 23, 2011 by Wiley

wiley..theres an awful sense of being a bit racist coming off you!!!

learn ur history...us awful 'Europeans' built America...n the only people who are not descendants of us are the Native Americans......and yes it has been decreasing but is still the highest because it was a huge figure before so even though its decreasing its still the highest...talking about your children not being educated looks like you are in need of an education yourself!!!

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74.

Wiley    

And by the way we do have child protection laws too...your not that f*cking superior!!

Posted at 12:26 PM on Jan 23, 2011 by amy

I never said we were superior! I said we do not want to be like you. Don't you see the abundance of posts on here from Europeans saying we're ignorant for not embracing this show? We have different laws and standards and this show goes against everything we believe in. Why do you find it necessary to criticize us for trying to enforce our laws and standards? Why do you find it necessary for us to be like you? I could sit here and list a hundred ways Scotland, or any country, is "inferior" to us but I won't because we're not all the same and that's good.

1335 days ago
75.

Jenn    

I mean honestly whether people want to admit it or not the show is pretty accurate. I mean I know that's what teens were doing when I was in highshcool. (I'm 25) I mean wth is a 7 year old doing up that late to watch mtv and why are you letting your 7 year old watch it in the first place. It's just tv jesus.

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