Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo is pleading his case with anyone who will listen, specifically the Oxygen network, to give his currently shelved “All My Babies’ Mamas” television special another chance.
According to Shawty Lo, people have made their assumptions simply off an extensive trailer and not seen what the show really has to offer.
“Yeah I really understand. They have the right to think that, but at least give the show a chance, to see what’s goin’ on,” Shawty said in an interview in response to the show’s backlash. “They makin’ their assumptions off a 13-minute trailer and this like the biggest news around the world right now and it’s unbelievable. … The show wasn’t about, we finna be fightin’. My show is not about no negative; it’s a positive. But if they wanna see the show, sign a petition.” (Hot 107.9)
The rapper’s rep stepped forward yesterday (January 16) to announce petition plans.
Rapper Shawty Lo’s controversial special about his 10 baby mamas and 11 children has been canceled by the Oxygen network, so his team is starting a petition drive of their own, RumorFix is reporting exclusively. Shawty’s rep tells RumorFix that they are going to fight fire with fire. Kali Bowyer says they’ve received over 123,000 emails to their Atlanta offices from people wanting to save the show, so they are going to start their own petition. (RumorFix)
After back-and-forth reporting, confirmation of the show’s cancellation turned up earlier this week.
“As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special,” a network spokesperson told MTV News in a written statement on Tuesday (January 15). “We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation.” (MTV)
Initial stirring of the show likely getting canned surfaced on Monday (January 14).
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)