Controversial Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo (pictured) and his 10 baby mamas and 11 children would have been showcased for all to see on his Oxygen one-hour reality program “All My Babies’ Mamas,” but due to a resounding number of complaints, it was unceremoniously canceled. Now, Lo is blaming the network for giving the show a negative name, according to S2S Magazine.
The 37-year-old performer, whose actual name is Carlos Walker, is upset that his show never got a fair break.
Because once the show was announced, a petition was started on Change.org, which garnered more than 37,000 signatures, demanding that Oxygen programming execs remove the “debacle” from their scheduled line-up because of its offensive and stereotypical subject matter:
This is not just an attack on African-American parents and children….but ALL PARENTS AND CHILDREN! As dysfunctional and violent as so-called reality shows are, could you ever imagine a one hour spectacle where 11 children are forced to witness their 10 unwed mothers clamor for financial support, emotional attention and sexual reward from Shawty Lo, the apathetic ‘father’?
Could you imagine that Oxygen Media, known for violent programming targeting young women with stereotypical images, would consider the embarrassment that these children will experience, being used as entertainment? Could you imagine that Oxygen Media, would use a slur against mothers, fathers and children and entitle this debacle, “All My Babies’ Mamas?”
The Parents Television Council even called the program’s concept “grotesquely irresponsible and exploitative” and pledged to contact advertisers about the show if it ever reached the air.
Lo, who believes he is a doting and responsible caregiver, says that the petition was an unfair assassination of his character and the name of the family pilot is what gave people the wrong impression:
“I really feel like the name that Oxygen came up with, ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ was done for the media, when I heard that name. I didn’t see nothing [in the trailer], it was just a 13-minute showing, it was like a pilot, showing that my TV show was coming, but the thing was we didn’t have no input on the 13-minute clip. They came and shot film for hours. Whatever they did, they did on their own end and I guess some people portrayed it as we were going to be something not right for the viewers to watch.”
After the Oxygen powers-that-be caved in and yanked any plans to air “All My Babies’ Mamas,” a petition was launched on Change.org in January to see whether the show could actually get aired:
So here’s the question, would you rather see 11 children struggle with mothers on welfare? Or watch a man support his children? Does it come down to the race card?
But the petition to save the show was signed by a mere 1,900 people, and alas, to date, the reality program remains in an Oxygen can.