The Public Image Ltd frontman presented the 'Best TV Show' gong to the E4 drama at last night's Shockwave NME Awards.
Lydon told NME: "It was alright to meet Skins, I'm really pleased it did [win] because I've seen the uproar created in America. The American version is really naff and yet there's this huge outcry.
"It seems to be almost political now that anything from the Brits is going to be offensive, rude and vile. It really isn't, it's reality."
He added: "But then again the English kids act it so much better. There really is a difference. Americans being upright and forthright and honest and true to themselves is a very hard concept.
"Something went wrong there. But I like the English show, I do. It's like Emmerdale Farms (sic) on ecstasy, it's totally alright."