News: Oxygen Can't Breathe Over Shawty Lo Backlash, "All My Babies' Mamas" Cancellation On Deck [Updated]
Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 10:32AM
Weeks after Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo sparked outrage over his controversial "All My Babies' Mamas" trailer, new reports claim the Oxygen network is pulling the plug on its unaired series.
While Oxygen has yet to release an official statement, inside sources claim the show will not see the light of day.
Under public pressure, Oxygen won't let the new reality-TV series starring Shawty Lo see the light of day, sources tell Allison Samuels. But why was 'All My Babies' Mamas' ever given life to begin with? Though the network denies it, Oxygen is expected to announce that All My Babies' Mamas won't ever see the light of day, according to my sources--and that's a good thing. Still, I'm more concerned with how it ever reached this point. How could a network ever assume that a show about an African-American rapper with 11 kids by 10 women would be OK and not immediately deemed racist? How could it not see that it was offending, insulting, and mocking an entire segment of the African-American community? The answer is pretty simple. The network saw it; the network just didn't care. (The Daily Beast)
Since the report went public, an Oxygen rep has come forward to deny the cancellation buzz.
Despite a petition that has received well over 40,000 signatures and the threat of a boycott from the Parents Television Council, a representative for Oxygen told AllHipHop.com exclusively that the show is still in development. "This rumor is simply untrue. The project remains in early development," an Oxygen rep told AllHipHop.com. (AHH)
Shawty Lo's camp lashed back at the uproar his teaser created last week.
Rapper Shawty Lo is under fire for a new Oxygen reality special about him, his 11 children and 10 baby mamas, but a rep for the musician tells RumorFix exclusively, "Shawty Lo is a father figure who most young black men today should mimic." The Parents Television Council condemns All My Babies' Mamas saying, "Every time we think that the television industry couldn't stoop any lower, sadly one of the networks steps forward to prove us wrong," They claim the organization demeans blacks. The show is in development for Spring, but a trailer has been leaked online already. Oxygen tells us the show "is not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society." Shawty's rep, Kali Bowyer, adds, "It's a sad day in America, when people attempt to reject a father who steps up to the plate, a father who is actively supporting his children & their mothers not just monetarily but emotionally as well." (RumorFix)
Even Shawty stepped up to speak on his tainted public image in light of the show's trailer last week.
"You can hate all you want to, I didn't ask for it. It just happened. Now that it happened, I'm supposed to turn my back against it?" Shawty Lo told MTV News about his 11 children and untraditional family structure. "If I wasn't taking care of my kids then you would really dog me out, but I'm taking care of my kids, providing for my family. I don't know what else to say. ... I take care of all my kids. ... Outta all the 10 baby mamas, I just have problems outta one. That's it. She has two kids by me, and she feel like I'm supposed to do more for her kids, and she don't wanna work. She just want me to straight take care of them, but it's all love. I handle it." (MTV)
Activist Sabrina Lamb, one of the first in line to speak out, recently launched an online petition against the series in hopes of pulling it from airing this spring.
Rapper Carlos 'Shawty Lo' Walker needs condoms and therapy, not a reality show, says Sabrina Lamb, a prolific writer, commentator and now activist. She may have gotten her wish: the show's 13-minute Youtube trailer has been pulled, and mention of this show is nowhere to be found on Internet Movie Database, though there could be other reasons for that. Oxygen's description of the show, posted in December, was not on their website earlier today. Last time I looked, the petition (which names Oxygen Media and production entities Electus and DiGa Vision) had about 13,500 signatures and was gaining by the minute. (Forbes)