The Oxygen Network caved under public pressure and canceled the much-hyped reality show, All My Babies’ Mamas.
The show followed Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo and his 11 kids and 10 baby mamas. But once footage of the show leaked on the Internet, there was opposition from conservative group, Parents Television Council, which calls the show “grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive.” Writer Sabrina Lamb started a petition to cancel the show on Change.org that gained nearly 40,000 signatures.
And in the end, Oxygen pulled the plug on the show. The network released the statement,”As part of out development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special. We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives cultural conversation.”
Shawty Lo was disappointed with Oxygen’s decision. He sat down with Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 and talked about the cancellation.
“I feel like they didn’t give the show a chance to see what’s really going on,” Shawty Lo said. “She made her assumptions off the trailer. My life story wasn’t peaches and cream. Coming up was so hard for me. My mama was on drugs. My daddy was elsewhere and my grandma raised me and she died from cancer when I was 17. I was out there in the streets. I don’t like to brag about my life story, but I went on to become one of the largest drug dealers in the Bankhead area. With money, came women and then came children, but as time went on I woke up.
I ain’t had no child in 11 years. Basically, what I’m doing is telling my story. Showing how Shawty Lo turned a negative into a positive. The show wasn’t about, ‘we finna be fighting.’ A lot of fathers don’t take care of one child or be there with their child. I’m hands on. My kids love their father. Before this show was even thought about, I was on Instagram with my kids every weekend.
I really understand [the outrage]. They have the right to think that but at least give the show a chance to see what’s going on. They making an assumption off a 13 minute trailer. You know, I’m working hard for the show, for it to air because people do want to see it. My kids are disappointed right now. But my show is not about no negative. It’s a positive.”
Surprisingly, Rush Limbaugh thought the show should have aired too. The conservative blasted Oxygen for canceling the show.
“We were all eagerly anticipating this spring, All My Babies’ Mamas on the Oxygen network,” Limbaugh said. “It’s not gonna air now because of a bunch of stuffed shirts, a bunch of prisses, a bunch of morality police. Anyway a bunch of morality police objected. This is the story about the well-known rapper, Shawty Lo. He has 11 kids with 10 women. He’s 32 years old, and he has 11 children with 10 women.
I thought it was cool to be a single father. I thought that we were in the process of modernizing and redefining the family unit. I thought the family unit, the old mom and dad, the 2.8 kids, the dog and the white picket fence was out-of-style, old-fashioned, quaint, and exclusionary because not everybody can have 2.8 kids. Not everybody can have a house. Not everybody can have a dog. Not everybody can live in a house with a picket fence. This is not fair.
So we were going to expand the definition of a family to include whatever people wanted it to be. Shawty just sharing the love. Shawty just sharing all of his love with 10 women and 11 babies. It was a show of love and devotion, how Shawty provides for all, and it’s being ripped right out from under him. I mean, who says that this is a marginalized existence?”
Watch Shawty Lo’s interview on Hot 107.9 below.