As Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo‘s “All My Babies’ Mamas” continues to spark more controversy, his camp has stepped up to dismiss the negative implications and speak up for him.
Although Lo has 11 children from 10 different women, rep Kali Bowyer said Lo is still a father figure.
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)
Earlier in the week, Shawty spoke up for his tainted image.
“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)
Lo also provided an explanation for how he came to having so many kids.
“I came to be one of the largest drug dealers to come from Atlanta, Bankhead area and I started havin’ kids. When the money came, a lot of women came,” he said, estimating he was a millionaire by the time he turned 21. “Once you feel like a girl was your girlfriend or whatever, the rubber probably came off,” he said candidly. “They wouldn’t have an abortion. They used to take the money and run with it, and they’d have a baby by the most popular guy in the street, and that’s how I had all them kids.” (MTV)
Activist Sabrina Lamb has launched an online petition against the show and Oxygen Channel in hope 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)