Oxygen Cancels Shawty Lo’s ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ Reality Show!

Rucuss staffJanuary 15, 2013

The Oxygen Network has caved under public pressure and canceled All My Babies’ Mamas reality show.

The show followed the life of rapper Shawty Lo and his 11 kids and 10 baby mamas. 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.

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

She added: “My disdain for these shows really grew by leaps and bounds as minorities began to appear more and more in them. In an industry that’s never been overly interested in showcasing people of color or their lives, the notion that now we’d all of sudden become interesting just seemed too good to be true.”

“This show is about more than a rapper and his girlfriends,” Lamb said. “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.”

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Although the network hasn’t confirmed it yet, it’s now expected that All My Babies’ Mamas won’t see the light of day. Oxygen execs haven’t been promoting the series as they have other upcoming programs and blamed the leaked trailer on a hacker, according to the Associated Press.

Daily Beast’s Allison Samuels states that, according to her sources, Oxygen has canceled the show amidst public protests and online petitions. Oxygen will announce cancellation any day now.

Interestingly, the network first defended the show by saying, “It was not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society.’’


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