The reason that bad acting, plot lines and writing are so offensive to those of us who are fans of the original Skins is that, though it is a racy television program, it also has a heart and soul to its writing that touches viewers in their loneliest corners in a similar fashion as Catcher in the Rye did for me. Yes, some of you may be offended and even astounded that I would make such a comparison between a canonical text of English literature and a teen drama, but anyone who takes the time to watch Skins in its original format (the first generation UK version) will understand what this means.
To some people, nudity and drug use are offensive, but what Skins seeks to portray is not mindless hedonism nor a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah but rather the loneliness of adolescence, and the substances and distractions that we turn to as a way of coping. Each of the characters in the first generation of Skins is given their own set of trials, from a parents’ failing marriage, to parents who desert them, to life-threatening diseases and eating disorders.
The offense that poor dialogue, acting, and plot direction make is that it fails to portray these in the sensitive, poignant though lonely light that we fans of the original series are used to, and thus the focus of the series seems to become the nudity and the drug use as opposed to the internal workings and subtleties of the characters’ lives.
But even so -
There is no shame in nudity: Why must we be so scandalized by the sight of another’s body? In the tradition of Walt Whitman, our bodies are beautiful and meant to be celebrated things, enjoyed. And it is so strange that we, for all our claims of being such advanced people, are still so offended by a fact of life, that people do lust and desire. When this nudity is presented in the same light as the original series, it becomes what it is: Human and forgivable (though I fail to see what needs to be forgiven in it).
As for drug use, this is a more sensitive topic, so I’ll skip the ethics of drug use (and the influence it has being shown in the media) and get right down to what I want to say: The fact is that people do drugs, and some of them do it recreationally. I fail to understand why it is so offensive to acknowledge that it happens. Or maybe it is offensive because it was portrayed in the US Skins so crudely with bad dialogue, plot lines and acting.
Frankly, most things of worth in this world might be considered as offensive by most people. A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is for some strange reason banned in a few schools because of its “sexual content,” but because it was executed so well in terms of well, its writing, plot line, and so forth, it is also considered an exemplary piece of English literature.