Oxygen to Cancel Shawty Lo’s “All My Babies’ Mamas”

Shawty Lo stirred some controversy for his upcoming reality television series, All My Babies’ Mamas, which features him, his 11 kids, and 10 different mothers. After public outcry to pressure the network to cancel Shawty Lo’s project, they have responded by stopping the production of the show.

Daily Beast’s Allison Samuels states that a nationwide petition—which is helmed by best-selling author Sabrina Lamb—has received more than 40,000 signatures. Although Oxygen has denied announcing the show’s cancellation, Samuels’ sources claim it won’t be airing anytime soon.

At first, Oxygen defended the project by offering this: “It was not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society.’’ Unless I’m mistaken, the term “baby mama” is used almost exclusively in reference to black women, so Oxygen needed to do better than that. If the show was about a white man with 11 children and had the same title, we might be able to have a different conversation.

Later in her article, she reveals that Lamb’s Change.org petition gathered more than 33,000 signatures in just 10 days. She has been outspoken about her thoughts about the reality TV show, believing that it sends the wrong impression to young females Here, She explained her motivation for putting together the petition in the first place.

“I love that the people who’ve signed the petition are from all backgrounds, ages, and countries,’’ says Lamb. “This one elderly white man wrote me and said even he was tired of the stereotypical images of black people.’’

“This show is about more than a rapper and his girlfriends,’’ says Lamb. “This is a show about kids who had no choice in how they came into the world. This show sets them up to be ridiculed and made fun of. None of us should be OK with that.’’

Head over to The Daily Beast to read Samuels’ full report on Oxygen’s cancelling Shawty Lo’s All My Babies’ Mamas.

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  • http://twitter.com/trillscience Trill deGrasse Tyson

    of course the old white man is tired of seeing what his people did. steriotypical?? this shit is real. racist ass people dont even know they are. white or black. always tryna sweep the hood and real way alot of black folk live under the rug.

  • http://twitter.com/trillscience Trill deGrasse Tyson

    all this shit in the world to protest and 30’000 people waste their time protesting a TV show about a black man and his baby mommas. people are sad with no life. especially any black people that signed. green af. they worse than the white people cuz they feel like it makes them look bad. bitch. help your people dont take food out of their mouths. Lamb ol caked up makeup ass. rich black people don’t give af bout the hood.

  • http://twitter.com/trillscience Trill deGrasse Tyson

    she just took food out those 11 kids mouth. bitch. just like Malcolm X said they try to hide images like this and pretend they don’t exist. they don’t really want people to know how some black folk in the hoods live. they want them to all stay in the hood and never come out. thats why the government even gives assistance cuz they want people to stay low, stupid and not productive members of society.

    • http://www.facebook.com/memette.ws.9 Memette WS

      She wasn’t trying to hide anything. Let’s be real, if you want to see black baby daddies on reality TV, watch Maury or the Divorce court. The trite stereotype is being done to death on other reality shows. This doesn’t offer anything to the black experience that hasn’t already been said. There is too much focus on “telling it how it is” that nobody’s focusing on making new and refreshing black characters and personalities in the media.

      If he wants to put food on the table, he needs to do it in a way that doesn’t exploit his children and go back to making music. Oxygen called the show “all my babies mamas” for a reason. The “hook” to the show wasn’t focused on giving us a balanced outlook of how the family as a whole lives out their lives. The allure of the show was the mothers fighting each other, and you could tell because rather than focus on the kids, what their dreams were, how they were doing in school, and what Lo could do to be a good father….they were too focused on the mothers in the trailers and in the show descriptions.

      Even if they sprinkle some moments of Lo spending time with his kids, Oxygen strictly pandered and advertised the show to people who only want to see good fight. They focusing on the mothers, labeling them as “Bougie” baby mama, “fighter” baby mama, and “shady” baby mama. The audience isn’t going to pay attention to the kids unless it gets the mothers to fight. And all of these conflict-ridden words about the moms, prevents us from getting to know the mothers and making an opinion for ourselves about it like a balanced, “keeping it real” documentary would. No, these conflict-ridden labels are meant to pump you up, and get you to focus on the conflict in the fighting in the family, not the other stuff that goes on in their lives.

      In fact, to quote Oxygen: ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ will be filled with outrageous and authentic over-the-top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about, ” ~Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President of Development at Oxygen Media. The proof is in the pudding. This show is not about people who are looking for a “balanced” idea of what that kind of life is about “in the hood”. This wasn’t about “keeping it real”. Oxygen was just exploiting this family, and that is a travesty Malcolm X would’ve been most displeased with.