First let me say I do not think this show is racist, so I don’t point blame at The Oxygen Network for airing it. But I do have to say I am appalled that the show is on the air, or going to be. It just highlights the worst part of our society. And yes it does play into stereotypes. But Oxygen is not making up that the people in the show all participate in this “baby mama” crap. I just wish it didn’t get highlighted and give anyone the impression that this is even remotely OK.
“All My Babies’ Mamas,” a one-hour reality special slated to air in the spring of 2013, features Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker, an Atlanta-based hip-hop artist with 11 children by 10 different women. Oh, he’s also got a 19-year-old girlfriend, who’s a year shy of his oldest child.
By the looks of the leaked sneak peak and an early press release, the show’s take on this challenging family dynamic is more “Brady Bunch” than “An American Family.”
“As the household grows, sometimes so does the dysfunction, leaving the man of the house to split his affection multiple ways while trying to create order,” reads the goofy-sitcom-style description, in a press release posted the Oxygen’s website late December. “Will there be a conflict over a family holiday, who needs school supplies and who holds the household finance purse strings, or can these feisty babies’ mamas band together and live peacefully as one family unit?”
Since the show was publicized, the conflict has been primarily off-camera. Calls for a boycott of the network and a petition to pull the special from the network’s lineup have risen to a fever pitch in the past week.
“By pushing these degrading images, your company seeks to profit from the humiliation of girls and women and the blatant stereotyping of African-Americans,” writes, Sabrina Lamb, the woman behind the petition.
Well there is a show I won’t be watching. Here is a link to the full article.