It isn’t often that I get into pop-culture, especially when it comes to my writing… but this has made me completely enraged!
Above is the description of the “Official ‘Skins’ website” that I found when I Googled “MTV Skins”… After snooping around the website for a few minutes to take an honest look at the content of the show, I came to the conclusion that the “tagline” provided in the description is a load of B.S.! In no way is this a “journey of 9 high school friends stumbling through adolescence…”, it is a display of ignorant debauchery.
Sorry for the use of the word debauchery, I just don’t know how else to describe it.
Skins is a ridiculous attempt at re-engaging a young audience that found other ways to be entertained when they stopped playing music on Music Television aka, MTV, and began catering to the college and young adult demographic, a pursuit which seems successful this far. Skins is like the TV show equivalent to a Ke$ha record… a product created solely for the shock value and used to engage people into the all too familiar lie that as long as I’m having sex, partying with my friends, getting black-out drunk and numbing the pains of normality then I will be a happy, fun, like-able person.
The bottom line of this is BULL SHIT!!
Look, I remember high school… some of it was surely ridiculous and most of my friends would have been murdered at the hands of their parents if we would have gotten caught doing some of the things we did. Most of these moments were fun… Actually, some of them were fun, most of them were dramatic! I know unfortunately well how it feels to get black out drunk and wake up next to someone that I don’t remember inviting into my bed. I have not forgotten the moments in my life when I woke up in the afternoon with the sole intention of passing out sometime the next morning. More than those moments, whether as a teenager or an adult, I remember the feelings with the most clarity…Feelings of loneliness, dissatisfaction with myself as a man, fear that I may have some creepy crawly STD and would wake up pissing fire in the weeks to follow, and the ever so popular feeling of confusion [which was often followed by regret].
“Why did I drink so much last night?”
“Who did I kiss last night?”
“Did I drive?”
“What was I thinking?”
“Do I even believe in God still?”
If you have been some of the places I’ve been then you know how this morning after feeling feels, regardless of your religious conviction, age, college major, or professional identity… it is miserable. There is a thought or feeling that runs parallel with these others and that is, “there has to be more to life than this”! You may not ever express this last statement/feeling, but you know all of the elements to this moment feels all to familiar…
There IS more!..
Truthfully, I am SO angry right now! My stomach is tied up with knots that I’m not quite sure how to untie; the reason young people act like belligerent asses is because the adults in their life has given this example of how life is to be lived. What America and the church needs to understand is that church is probably not where students will be honestly introduced to solution and fulfillment of loneliness, dissatisfaction, fear, and confusion. Frankly, Christian people suck at being an example of Christ… Get defensive and pissed off if you’d like, however, if I were wrong I assure you the world would look different! You’re probably more angry at me right now than you are about the fact that nine 15 – 19 year old teens are portraying what “normal teenage life” looks like by sleeping with one another [both homosexually and heterosexually], raging on prescription pills and narcotics, and getting sloppy blackout drunk at parties when you think they are playing Chutes & Ladders with their best friends, wrapped in a onesie with Kool-aid and cookies as an after dinner/pre-bed snack. Take responsibility for your life as an adult, be a man/woman of integrity and character, respond to your convictions and be an example of the Love and Grace that Jesus has allowed you to experience in saving you from your “old” life, unless of course your current life is the secretive, closet version of your “old” life.
Give the younger generation a chance at experiencing more… This should not be what teenagers live for, but who can blame them; it’s what we live for.
† For the ones who live well and are a good example for a younger generation, thank you for being a badass!
†† I hope I did not offend you w/ the language I used in this post.
††† Most of this frustration stems from personal experience.