5:41 pm - 01/21/2011

Skins star, Sofia Black-D'elia, defends show

While MTV's new show 'Skins' takes heat for being too hot (critics equate it to child pornography and advertisers are pulling out), one thing's for sure: It almost certainly makes a star out of Sofia Black-D'Elia, who plays a lesbian teen on the controversial series. Sofia defends 'Skins' on my HDNet show 'Naughty But Nice With Rob,' telling me people should watch before they judge.

"It's pushing the boundaries for teen drama because I think 'Skins' goes where other shows are afraid to," Sofia says, arguing that she believes most of the controversy is tied to the fact that the cast is comprised of actual teens whose characters are "doing these things," like having sex and doing drugs.

Sofia, 18, defends the show, saying, "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."

She added, "And so, um, the drugs and the sex, they're vices, and that's what teenagers have."

'Skins' debuted Monday to 3.3 million viewers, most of them between ages 12-34. Since then a major sponsor, Taco Bell, has pulled its advertising, and on Thursday the influential Parents Television Council, a TV watchdog group, called for a federal child porn probe.

MTV isn't shaken, saying in a statement that they are "confident that the episodes of 'Skins' will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers."

Further, a TV executive who knows about all the inner workings of MTV tells me that the network has always parlayed controversy into ratings and that nothing will be different about 'Skins.'

"At the end of the day controversy mean ratings," my source says. "MTV has always been know for addressing teen and young people's issues and concerns with respect and honesty."

With such huge ratings for the debut, 'Skins' will not be going anywhere soon, and neither will young actress Sofia Black-D'Elia. Trust me, this talented young lady, who you may have seen on 'All My Children,' will be around for a long time. See for yourself: 'Skins' airs Mondays at 10PM.

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supernature_971 21st-Jan-2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you I really wanted to know what someone I don't care about has to say about this manufactured controversy.
rhysxxzxczx 21st-Jan-2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Then leave?
supernature_971 21st-Jan-2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Will you accept this as a reply the next time you'll comment in a post about someone you don't like/care for ?
ohkimosabe 21st-Jan-2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
You chose to read it...
persiascarecrow 21st-Jan-2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
you're very very welcome ;)
heyignatzmouse 21st-Jan-2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
it's so contrived and I hate how people like the parent's council always fall for it.
you are doing exactly what they want! stop reacting and no one will care.
rhysxxzxczx 21st-Jan-2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for next weeks episode!

Btw OP, did you ever get into the party before it his capacity?
rhysxxzxczx 21st-Jan-2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
mammary_glands 22nd-Jan-2011 01:39 am (UTC)
me neither! i hope it's as good as i'm expecting.
rhysxxzxczx 22nd-Jan-2011 03:11 am (UTC)
It was so stupid tho. There was so much room left in that thing, and they still turned people away.
anus 21st-Jan-2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
I am seriously amazed by the controversy. What did people expect from this show? It's like being shocked to find out that the US version of The Office is a comedy.

Edited at 2011-01-21 11:00 pm (UTC)
rhysxxzxczx 21st-Jan-2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
I had a good laugh at the claims of it being 'child pornography.' Fucking morons.
anus 21st-Jan-2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
LOL. All this show has proven is that the US is still a bunch of prudes. I hope they never do a version of Misfits. I can't imagine how people would react to Alisha's power.
katiefitch 21st-Jan-2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
lol i know, what they're pissed about is jesse being naked and he's going to be 18 in like the next 6 months jfc
nothingmuch 22nd-Jan-2011 12:46 am (UTC)
This morning on the Today show they were talking about it and they showed a clip of the girl and boy dancing and the girl touching her own clothed breast, and THEY BLURRED IT OUT. OH SHIT GIRL TOUCHING HER OWN CLOTHED BOOB = CHILD PORNOGRAPHAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!! LOLOLOL
parisdiorchanel 21st-Jan-2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
I didn't behave like that when I was a teenager.
ruby_winchester 21st-Jan-2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
me neither
alaynestone 21st-Jan-2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
Me neither. Not even close.
vzylexy 21st-Jan-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
The most exciting thing I ever did as a teenager was stay up all night playing Diablo 2. *hangs head in shame*
destructo_ray 21st-Jan-2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
ch33rylips 21st-Jan-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Lol ikr I didn't do shit as a teenager mostly cause I'm lazy as fuck.
rhysxxzxczx 21st-Jan-2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Aside from running cars into lakes and the extreme shit, its not that different from my highschool experience.
supernature_971 21st-Jan-2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Me neither...
katiefitch 21st-Jan-2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
i kinda did when given the opportunity, only the parties were less awesome and held in basements, and when they were held in entire houses the neighbors called the cops and we had to escape by hopping fences and running through woods barefoot.
oceanhue 21st-Jan-2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
I guess we're losers, apparently.
xtinkerbellax 21st-Jan-2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
I did somewhat, and I knew a lot of people who did.
xjerseydevilx 21st-Jan-2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
And so um...I think...that's a really bad conducted interview. Of course everyone uses these type of phrases, but it should be the interviewers job to edit those out.
golden_train 21st-Jan-2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
i'll watch tea's episode and if it sucks i'll quit this show. i can't believe how bad the pilot was.
nautynature 21st-Jan-2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
amish children out in the city are doing more controversial shit than this
pastelward 21st-Jan-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
i watched a documentary on amish teens in my sociology class, they were pretty wild lol.
ch33rylips 21st-Jan-2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
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whitegirlthin 21st-Jan-2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
LOL isn't he a member on ONTD??
ch33rylips 21st-Jan-2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
No clue, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was.
whitegirlthin 21st-Jan-2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
I already know that the show will get better in time with the new concepts and storylines. The premiere ep. might have sucked for those that are obsessed with the UK series, but whatever. It's a show on MTV catered to kids/teens. It is what it is.
surferxchris 21st-Jan-2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't think the pilot was that bad tbh. But all the reviewers said it improved after that so I'm excited. Plus Tea's episode was everyone's favorite, no one misses Maxxie, etc.
whitegirlthin 21st-Jan-2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
I didn't think it was horrible, either, bb. I keep on thinking that if I hadn't seen the original Skins UK before, then I would have enjoyed it a lot more.
bent_ley 21st-Jan-2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
i just dont think they did a good job making it american. nothing about this said 'american teenager' to me
surferxchris 21st-Jan-2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
The guy Sean Hannity brought on his show to talk about 'Skins' being child porn was hilarious. Like, literally hilarious.

Bozell...described the show as being about "underaged kids being involved in drugs and alcohol and sex and orgies and you name the debauchery." He then noted that although the show features underaged teens, the show is rated for adults and that makes it kiddie porn.

I was crying tbh. Only Fox News.

Edited at 2011-01-21 11:03 pm (UTC)
rhysxxzxczx 21st-Jan-2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
mammary_glands 22nd-Jan-2011 01:41 am (UTC)
sean hannity is the fucking worst.
newnewsfriend 21st-Jan-2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I was snowed in and school was cancelled today so I had a Skins marathon. :D I only just started watching it but I think I'm turning into a Skins stan.
_spiderwebs 21st-Jan-2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
just make sure to be a UK (original) Skins stan, not a US Skins stan! x
foxface 21st-Jan-2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
fuck off. its possible to stan for BOTH.
rhysxxzxczx 21st-Jan-2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
I stan for both tho?
lennoxs 21st-Jan-2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
slightlyywicked 21st-Jan-2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
She is the only reason for why I am watching this show.
silentxstrom 21st-Jan-2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
Ithink she's the only reason most ppl watch b/c she's the only one who can actually act. the rest suck or are trying too hard to be cool. but w/e.
deja_vu822 22nd-Jan-2011 02:10 am (UTC)
me too
pinkvulgarity 21st-Jan-2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
maxxie was really stable and happy?
starbucks_patch 22nd-Jan-2011 12:47 am (UTC)
the fact that he wanted to be a dancer and his dad wanted him to work construction or whatever his dad did.
cassidy_jayne 21st-Jan-2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
This ~controversy is literally the only thing the radio station I listen to on my way to school talked about this morning.
I watched the first episode and people need to calm down. What did they expect from the show?
cassidy_jayne 21st-Jan-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah. People were calling in and complaining about how they don't want their kids watching it and how it's not appropriate.
persiascarecrow 21st-Jan-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
that everyone would get pregnant and have aids and die because they had ~intercourse and show teens the TRUE consequences of sex
silentxstrom 21st-Jan-2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
just because the show got high ratings, it was only b/c MTV aired a Jersey Shore episode before showing it. it's still a shitty copy of a much better show. terrible acting, script, overall pointless. it's hardly a racy show when it had to be edited from TV MA to TV 14 & still has to be edited for content. If they'd put the show on say mtv 2 or showtime at 11pm or midnight, it would have been fine. or they could have geared it to the Degrassi/Pretty Little Liars crowd & it would have exploded.
katiefitch 21st-Jan-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
that's what bryan elsley didn't want--the networks that air degrassi/pretty little liars were approached and he didn't like their vision for the show.
silentxstrom 21st-Jan-2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
oh, in that case. ppl need to stop bitching about the show b/c if it's on MTV, then it's not going to be nearly as racy as the UK version b/c of obv. content laws on basic cable. the producers or whomever was responsible for getting this on MTV should have thought about how much of the show would be edited before pitching it to MTV. if mtv could show like misfits or the in betweeners type shows after 11pm, then I think the PTC wouldn't mind it so much.
surferxchris 21st-Jan-2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
It's still TVMA, just by America's standards.
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