Top Five Reasons Taco Bell Might Actually Be More Dangerous Than MTV's Skins

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MTV's latest series Skins aired its first episode last week (and its second last night) to the tune of a whole lot of controversy.

From CNN to MSNBC to the friggin' Today Show, comparisons likening the show to "child pornography" and claiming it's "like peer pressure on steroids" have been swirling, and major advertisers has even pulled their spots.

Now we're not really sure we see much cause for all the hubbub. So, without further ado, our top five reasons Taco Bell might actually be more dangerous than MTV's Skins.

5. Taco Bell may not be giving kids product on loan--and, incredibly, more product than they initially wanted--like the drug dealer in the first episode of Skins. But their wares are just as addictive as most drugs currently being sought out by the D.E.A. as any pothead who's made a 2am run for the border can tell you.

4. While Skins will be out of mind within three seconds of its inevitable cancellation with all its major investors pulling out, the specter of the Taco Bell Chihuahua continues to loom in the collective subconscious well after its own passing, convincing us that we too queremos Taco Bell.

3. Even if watching Skins does tear away at the youth's moral fiber, it pales in comparison to the stripping of your stomach lining that those heaping bags full of late-night 89-cent items off their Why Pay More Menu will result in.

2. Taco Bell caters to the widest possible audience. It includes the entire subset who's viewing this show. What does this mean? It means that kids watching Skins may be doing it while consuming Taco Bell ... Which is kind of like freebasing while shooting smack. (Spoiler alert: We just gave away the plot of episode three.) 

1. MTV attempts to pawn off Skins as insightful programming by taking what seem like compelling if incendiary plotlines and wrapping them in modern kidspeak to resonate with the youth. Taco Bell attempts to pawn off three recipes as a menu offering variety by taking those same three recipes and wrapping them in alternating layers of crunchy shell, flour tortilla, and melted cheese. When they finally try this with the cinnamon twists, they'll have gone too far.

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DiggySimmons
DiggySimmons

stupid article. internet flooded with bad bloggers and writers like this.

PaulTorresss
PaulTorresss

Yes, I realize Taco Bell was one of the sponsors...hence the story. And it's meant to be ironic, not actually in defense of the show. I'd think you'd get that.

That said, I don't really believe that this show reinforces anything. And I don't think it's doing anything new. This show was a movie first. It was called Kids, and it was out back when I was in high school like 15 years ago. Then it was a show called My So Called Life, only it didn't have as much implied nudity or strong language, because you could get away with less then. But make no mistake, it tested the boundaries of what a show aimed at teens could get away with.

At the end of the day, then as now, it falls to parents to teach their children. It's not television's responsibility, much as many parents who think parking their kids in front of a screen for hours at a time would like to believe.

Joe
Joe

you went to a movie, was it a PG rating?

MTV is on basic cable meaning it goes to may households that have very young children. Giving it a mature rating, but not being able to enforce it is like putting an x-rated show on TV, the rating in itself will attract those who it is supposed to warn.

My understanding tis the UK version of this show was good, and MTV "spiced it up" for the US audience. We are turning into a nation of Snookies, and in case you didn't get it, that's a bad thing.

Josh
Josh

The UK version is actually way more explicit...

Finndevereux
Finndevereux

According todays news Taco Bell is being sued for not using real beef. I dare say the fake ingredients in their food along with the way they treat the animals they use (particualry their sister company KFC) are more harmful to kids. You are what you eat and if you digest distressed animal meat and cheap preservatives/flavors it doesn't bode well for your kids long term health. After all cable TV is easier for parents to control than the interent nowadays. Kids have broswers on their phones, at their schools, etc and they can type in a couple of words and see far more worrisome content than a show that at least tries to teach kids some morals about the consequences of drugs and sex.

TacoHell
TacoHell

I completely Agree. Skins is Harmless. Kids have been doing drugs and having sex way before the show aired and will do so way after. Taco Bell is gross though, forrreal.

Aigarcia38
Aigarcia38

Kids might have been doing thee things, but putting it in a television show only reinforces the behavior and implies to them that its natural and accepted.

Kevintimmons11
Kevintimmons11

yeah well dont go to taco bell then. Your kids are still getting screwed up by watching skins. Whether they are watching skins while eating taco bell has nothing to do with it. Stupid story. Maybe you should actually make your kids tacos then. Duh. now there is an idea

TacoHell
TacoHell

I believe Taco Bell was one of the Sponsors that dropped skins like a deuce after a crunchwrap.

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