I Hate My MTV

When I was I teen,  waaaay back in the mid 80’s MTV was new and there was a popular song sung by Dire Straits called “Money for Nothing”.   I remember the song because of the repeated lyrics “I want my MTV”.  (I just goggled the name of the song and artists – I don’t keep this kind of information in my head).

We didn’t have MTV at my house back then.  (We didn’t even have cable; we just got three fuzzy channels off the antenna – but that’s another story.)   And today I still don’t have MTV in my house.

Now hate is a strong word and I don’t hate people, but it is not wrong to hate sin and MTV may be sin personified in our culture.   There can be no doubt that MTV does more than reflect the dreams, values and morals or our society.   It is a leader, a trend setter, a purveyor of moral value as well as lifestyle and just plain coolness.

MTV just came out with a new show which reflects the truth of all that they truly are.  It is called “Skins”.  I haven’t seen it, but I get all my news from off of the internet and yesterday I happened upon this New York Times article decrying the perversity of MTV and their show “Skins”.

Whenever the NY Times speaks negatively of sexual morals I think that a conservative politician must have been caught with his pants down because that institution is not known for their moral grit.   As a matter of fact this paper usually endorses nothing but pro-abortion and pro-homosexual individuals for political office.  But this article stands in contrast for its bold criticism.

This quote will give you a good idea of what the show is about.

No one at MTV, which is owned by Viacom, set out to make child pornography, but make no mistake: the series is meant to provoke. “Skins” — a title that derives from the rolling papers that are used to make the blunts that go with the vodka that washes down the pills that accompany the hookups — is mostly about explicitly teenage characters doing explicit things.

What are blunts I wondered.   According to UrbanDictionary.com they are, “Cigars hollowed out and filled with marijuana, can be smoked in public (somewhat)inconspicuously.”  So the show is named for teens doing drugs.  Great.

This next quote is shocking, considering the source.

But objectifying teenage pathology, along with teenage bodies, is a complicated business — and the business that MTV is in.

Wow.  The author, David Carr, has just criticized not just one show on MTV, but the whole company.  He has stated that “objectifying teenage pathology, along with teenage bodies” is their business.

He continues,

What “Skins” does clearly suggest is that MTV and its corporate parent erred when they decided that conjuring a show out of piles of semi-nude teenagers would be lucrative, harmless fun.

Apparently MTV has claimed that their target audience is mature adults and have given it a TV-MA rating .  Hmmm, they want adults to watch naked teens.  That can’t be good.   But Carr says this,

That’s a preposterous position. “Skins” is a show meant to offend adults and create did-you-see chatter among young people.

The unusually large audience of 3.3 million for the first episode included over a million people who had to get up for high school or elementary school in the morning.

Well, all I can say is that if you are reading this I pray you didn’t watch the show and I plead with you not to allow your children to watch it.   Actually, I’d like to plead with you to get MTV out of your house.   They are after all in the business of “objectifying teenage pathology, along with teenage bodies”.

I have a passion to help teens.  My heart breaks for the youth of today and the culture they must face.  Don’t be deceived, there is immense pressure on youth to be normal, and normal in many schools and neighborhoods means not only watching the filth, but doing it.

If we are to raise a generation of young people who are pure, moral, and pleasing to God, we are going to have to take a radical stand and be the meanest, toughest parents our kids could ever imagine.  O course we will balance it with love and spoil them rotten with that which is upstanding and pleasing to our Father in Heaven.

I leave you with this,

Ephsians 5:7-12

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  (8)  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  (9)  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  (10)  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  (11)  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (12)  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.


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