After a day filled with back-and-forth reports, the Oxygen network has officially pulled the plug on Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo‘s “All My Babies’ Mamas” reality television series.
An official statement confirming its cancellation surfaced Tuesday (January 15) evening.
“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)
Buzz about it likely getting axed heated up the Internet earlier in the 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)
Prior to the latest update, an Oxygen rep came forward to deny claims.
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 at the uproar his canned show’s 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)