all my babies mamas

An upcoming show that many believe is capitalizing off baby mama drama in the worst way has caused uproar — and it hasn’t even aired yet. Oxygen plans to show a one-hour special about G-Unit rapper Shawty Lo and his 11 children and 10 baby mammas. The special showcases the Atlanta-based rapper with an aim to “capture the highs and lows of this extreme ‘blended family’ that is anything but ordinary, while also showing the drama and the passion behind life’s most unexpected situations.” A press statement released by the network said that the show “will be filled with outrageous and authentic over-the-top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about.”

Many people have been tweeting and talking about the show, but not with good hopes. The demeaning labels that Shawty Lo’s baby mamas carry, such as “the wannabe-bougie baby mama” or “the baby mama from hell” have made some viewers question Oxygen’s move towards ratchetness. The negative buzz about the unaired special caught the attention of author Sabrina Lamb, who rallied 14,000 signatures through a Change.org petition. The petition calls for Oxygen to cancel a show that she believes is offensive and negatively portrays black women, relationships, and children.

The petition reads:

“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?”

But even with the overwhelming outcry, it appears that Oxygen just won’t budge. The network has defended the show, claiming that the production is not meant to replicate negative stereotypes of African-Americans.

“Oxygen’s one-hour special in development is not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross-section of society,” the network told RadarOnline. “It is a look at one unique family and their complicated, intertwined life… Oxygen Media’s diverse team of creative executives will continue developing the show with this point of view.”

The special is slated to air this spring.

  • AM

    They won’t budge, okay no problem. Don’t watch. Let the ratings TANK!

  • Sasha

    So now that they won’t budge, this is really the opportunity for people to show where they stand. Its easy to sign a petition, even easier not to tune in. When this show airs, it will give the people a real chance to have their voices heard. Hit them where it hurts: ratings and not giving $ to the show’s sponsors.

  • Tim

    Why exactly are you all mad? This is an accurate portrayal of todays GHETTO black family life. The same way Good Times was an accurate portrayal of 70′s black ghetto family life. You can’t have it both ways black folks. You can’t glorify or remain silent on black baby mamas, their kids, homes with no black men and the effects this dysfunction has on the black community. Then turn around and get mad when it’s shown to those outside of the community and the world. Now, you all want to hide the end result as if it doesn’t exist? This is not a minority. This is now the majority in Black Ghettos! 60% of never married black baby mamas have multiple baby daddies.

    Get your popcorn ready, sit back and watch the trainwreck. We reap what we sow. I’m sorry to say this but we (the black community) deserve this.

  • Kacey

    They won’t budge because for every person who objects to this show and vows never to see it, there are 10 people who will! The producers and networks are not going to invest money and air time in something that won’t generate ratings. The formula for much of what we are seeing on reality TV today is:

    An Underclass of Individuals willing to pander to stereotypes
    + Contrived Conflict (perhaps with a sprinkling of violence)
    = Ratings Gold!

    The underclass includes people of color, ethnic whites (mostly Italian Americans), the poor, and women (even wealthy women)! The contrived conflict is initiated by the producers and the ‘actors’ are happy to play along. And ratings gold may not include your viewership or mine, but it includes a large section of the American population who are happy for any mind-numbing entertainment and who just don’t want to think too much.

  • Kam

    It’s time to hit the advertisers then.

  • donnadara

    The only thing that works is targeting the advertisers. They don’t want to publicly associate their brands with this junk. Just on the low.

  • cherry

    Yeah, black ghetto family life for the Evans, WHO WERE MARRIED AND IN A COMMITTED RELATIONSHIP!!

  • Elyse

    Honestly, it doesn’t look like that bad of a show. I am interested to know how a man like this balances so many baby mamas along with the kids. Although I am aware this “reality” tv where most of the plots are most likely going to be set up by producers.

    It’s sad, but it’s life as well. I’m pretty sure there are lots of Shawty Lo’s out there.

  • http://twitter.com/TearyneG Tearyne (@TearyneG)

    “Oxygen Media’s diverse team of creative executives will continue developing the show with this point of view.”

    Read: we have non-white people working on the show, so it’s perfectly fine.

    See also: I have black friends, so I’m not racist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LanceScurvin Lance Scurvin

    The goal here with this buffoonery is to further season the mind of the world to see Black people in a light that would make it easier to call for our demise.

  • tish

    kinda wonder if this was an “intertwined” family of orthodox jews who were also ratchet and stank (and produced by a diverse group of african, italian and german folks) would they be cool with it?

    methinks no.

  • Tim

    Exactly, that’s my point! Pre 1970′s Black GHETTO FAMILY life did not overwhelming consist of baby mamas. The traditional family might have been poor but there was a MARRIED mother and father in the home.

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole

    It’s not going to only take ‘not watching’ this show, but clearly Oxygen sees how people flock to other reality shows & they now want a piece of the action. It’s time to stop watching all of them. All of these shows geared towards young women of color are negative. Whether they portray us as ‘baby mommas’ or gold digging women hoping from rapper to basketball player, none are a positive representation. Stop tuning in to any of these shows & it wont be so easy for networks to green light garbage like this.

  • tish

    you refer to the “MARRIED working-class family” reality of blacks as portrayed by sit-com “goodtimes?”

    try again….

  • Tim

    You will never see a Jew reality show with negative Jewish stereotypes.

  • Trisha

    I sincerely hope there aren’t a lot of Shawty Lo’s (ugh…that name) out here. Not only that, women that are willing to allow the Shawty Lo’s of the world to father their child/children. Surely, society cannot believe all Black America has accepted this standard of living. No values or limitations here. Not logical at all, but I guess for a few.

    When I first came across this story, I was hoping it was a fake.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    two words come to mind: free publicity.

  • Mademoiselle

    I agree with Kam and donnadara. It’s time to start petitioning advertisers to pull their funding out of this show. We should put together an Oxygen Blackout Day scheduled for the day of the show’s premiere, and get everyone to watch everything BUT Oxygen (including their website) the ENTIRE day to let them know how serious this is.

    Call it #OxygenBlackOut.
    Post it on social media, especially on the walls of advertisers’ FB pages and twitter feeds.

  • kc

    Also: “…will be filled with outrageous and authentic over-the-top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about.”

    Or: Young black women will love it!

    We need to stop supporting the Evelyns and Nenes of the world. These networks really take us as fools.

  • Tim

    @tish

    Where did I say working-class?

  • tish

    and why do you think that’s the case? because the producers of these trashy shows, are perfectly fine exploiting the base level ignorance of the “others” yet will NEVER do so to their own.

    i lived in a predominantly jewish community for years and can tell you that there was some “ratchedness” that could make a good reality show.

    but, it’ll never clear the desk of “rosenstein” or “ginsburg” or “klein”…(eg. the producers)

  • B

    What did Tim say that was inaccurate though?

  • tish

    @tim…i just added that little tid-bit of them being “working class”, to help you understand that the only adjective to describe the show was not “ghetto.” especially since their working-class status was the linchpin of the show, it’s surprising that you find it necessary to defend your omission of this factoid.

    i know it kinda pisses on your “black-folks-are-all-ghetto and-triflin’-wet-dream” but, yes, some actually work, have morals; and black men do marry ONE WOMAN and raise the children they conceive with this one women.

    the evans’ were working-class and poor due to racism and inadequate opportunities, not ignorance.

    but once more, it’s easier to just call them “ghetto.”

  • tish

    nor will you see a reality show about harvard-educated black doctors who’s kids attend private school and travel to zimbabwe to do missionary work. (you are aware that there are actually black professionals, right?)

    gotta not mess with those, der’ stereotypes….

  • tish

    “so you f*’ed a black guy in college and now you’re an expert? yes, please enlighten us, great negrologist!”–pierre delacroix, bamboozled.

  • Richard Johnston

    The same people complaining about stereotyping should have the decency to also complain about the epidemic of out-of-wedlock births and its predictable negative consequences for our country. Maybe our society should permit polygamy. After all, if all 10 women marry this guy, who are we to judge? His marriage to all ten women wouldn’t threaten my marriage….

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    Hiya, AM!

  • Robbie

    @Anthony. I will not watch that garbage because I don’t support these types of shows and behavior. I clearly see your points and you are right. You indeed reap what you sow.

  • Robbie

    I emant to say Tim not Anthony. MY bad!

  • Z

    Petitions DO NOT work. Target the advertisers! $$$

  • dee

    People are going to watch this, most likely a lot of people with as much as I’ve been hearing about it already.

    Let’s face it, this is somewhat interesting.

    The only problem I have with the show is that it wasn’t made to show how they work together to make sure that they all have a relationship. There will probably be little to no positive light shed on this family. This show was made purely for drama. All parties involved in this show are being exploited, but I can’t even be mad because he did it to himself.

  • Blue

    They won’t budge? Well I won’t budge to flip to that station. if you don’t want this sort of nonsense to air, I suggest you do the same.

  • Tim

    @tish

    The Evans family was NOT working class. James was UNEMPLOYED 99% of the time and the wife was a stay at home mom. They lived in the high rise Projects of Chicago. Sorry, that most certainly was the GHETTO.

    My point. Poor, unemployed….. “The Ghetto” once didn’t mean no man, unemployed and baby mama. It does now. Black baby mama, black matriarchy is also now defended, glorified and accepted and embraced as the “New familial Structure”. That is, it seems, until its shown to the world. Why is now a problem and why is everyone now outraged?

  • Niecy

    I was very disappointed that oxygen could think of nothing better to put on air than another show that shows the decay of the family and family values. This man has 11 kids by 10 women and none of the kids has his last name. What kind of man makes kids and does not think enough of them to let them know that they were loved and wanted by giving them his last name? A man who thinks very little of women and even less of the kids that he reproduced with them; and these women are sad, they act as if they won sum sort of prize in being baby mama of the moment. They have kids who don’t have their father’s last name and some of them he could’nt even remember their name. It was just sex for him and them and nothing more kids just happened to result. This show has no merit and I would not watch it. I read that some people tried to compare it ot sister wives and the Duggers, I am no fan of those shows either but all 19 or 20 kids have Mr Duggers last name not to mention the same mom and the kids on sister wives all have their father’s last name also so at least those men were proud enough of the kids they made to ensure that they knew who they belong to without mama having to tell them.

  • Tim

    @tish

    Funny thing with all the baby mama articles on this site, I’ve never seen you’re name on a comment. Why now?

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    BOOM! Actions speak louder than words just don’t watch and tank their ratings. Even better you can go a step futher and cancel the channel. Furthermore I would add for black media sites who don’t condone this mess to STOP giving them free press and attention.

  • tish

    @tim

    are you really questioning why i do not find time to troll “baby-mama” articles and leave comments? i’d respond with the obvious, but, it’s really pointless.

    LOL!

  • tish

    tim,

    please review the operational definition of “working class.” it also includes under-employment/off-the-book employment….you know what, on second thought, never mind…

    since you have some obvious fetish with the term “ghetto” and it’ requisite when defining black people, i’ll just let you have it….

  • thinkpink

    Black people didn’t orchestrate this the welfare act did. Please tell me what the black community sowed to reap this. I would love to hear your explanation on how we created this family dynamic ourselves. It’ll be fun for me to educate you on how public policy and the media did the sowing. Because blacks control the government, education system, media and music right? You have posted this comment before and are clearly doing so to get a reaction. You’re smart enough to know the real problem behind this show. All blacks aren’t ghetto. The media just wants to portray us this way and refuses to show our varied life experiences. Again you know this so I’ll post the comment for anyone else who thinks the way you do.

  • isola

    Oxygen initially was co-founded by Oprah Winfrey and some other network bigwigs, but they quickly learned that sex, wantonness and violence is what gets the ratings. Snapped and their other shows reach a certain audience. I’ve been guilty of watching some of their shows. This one has absolutely no appeal to me. It seems like it would be boring.

  • AM

    I can assure you binks they are going to continue to give them free publicity under the guise of conducting ‘pop culture’/blogging duties.You just wait and see

  • AM

    *waving*!!

  • VWill

    I believe its very hard to trace, especially considering geneology.

  • Joy

    J: I hear yeah but there will always bea segent of socety that watches this type of trash.

  • Joy

    Richard: I comment to friends, relatives and anyone that will listen all the time about out of wedlock pregnancies, and the affect it has on kids that are being raised. I blame the men, and women. On a positive side: I know numerous young educated women that say they will not be having any kids until they get married. Good for them!

  • YeahRight2011

    I wouldn’t budget either. They spent money and want a return. But I would suggest that anyone who doesn’t support the show, the image or the premise, don’t watch it or support the brands advertised. I prefer scripted TV anyway.

  • http://addassamari.edublogs.org/ Gail

    Have never watched any reality shows, this will be no different, so no great loss there. Though, what worries me is that the negative side of effects cannot be adequately portrayed. From what I have read and to be fair, based on the trailer, this show glamorizes promiscuity, eliminates the problems associated with single parenthood (I know of what I speak). It simply does not attend to the reality of parents and children in these situations. Granted, he may have the cash to care for his children and they seem to be one big happy family, but how is it when the cameras stop rolling and the spot lights are turned off. Have anyone thought about the negative effect this will have on the kids when they walk back in their classrooms? I am a teacher and I am telling you kids can be cruel to each other. These babies may be going back to face name calling that they may never have had to face before.

    These kids sacrificed to the almighty dollar. Well, as for me and my household, we will not be among the contributing parties. In addition, sooner or later we will know who the commercial sponsors for that program is and I will not be purchasing their products.There is much competition for my hard earned money.

  • MommieDearest

    BOOM!

  • NoMoreCandy4U

    @Gail, I agree with you and for the sponsors that’s a great ideal to not purchase their products. I will NOT!!!

  • mikey kun

    “But even with the overwhelming outcry, it appears that Oxygen just won’t budge. The network has defended the show, claiming that the production is not meant to replicate negative stereotypes of African-Americans.”

    Who else thinks you could replace the word Oxygen with VH1 In the quote above?

  • http://naysue.wordpress.com naysue

    I’m still waiting for a clip!

  • Old TImer

    you know ^&%* well black folks are going to eat that %^$^& up! If I could be a fly on the wall in the back door meetings of these folks. They have MASTERY of manipulating black people. Keep you stupid, keep you in the hood, and don’t you dare pick up a book not related to African American studies!

  • Old TImer

    Its a conspiracy I tell you! LOL! This site is run by the man!

  • Tim

    Blame it on the all in paid off so-called black leaders and pseudo black intellectuals with all the alphabets behind their name (who were taught by their white liberal Gods) who sold that ish to the “poe common black folk” as progress and a long term solution. It’s really an insult to our proud hard working ancestors who survived w/o it.

    Blacks would have never embraced this entitlement mentality without their promoting, preaching and teachings of quasi socialism, communism and Marxism as good for black folk in a capitalist country! lol & smmfh at the same dam time. A large percentage of Blacks are essentially practicing socialism, communism and Marxism while everyone else is practicing capitalism. That’s why you have foreigners opening businesses with shoe string budgets and 5 years later having thriving businesses in the hood. Excellent Article…. “The Black Family. 40 Years of Lies”

  • Old TImer

    How can you say that? Blacks actively SEEK welfare, and government hand outs. Hell you got mothers telling their children to NOT perform well in school in order to get more money from social security, and free after school programs. What effect do you think that has on the child? When the Dept. of Education writes curriculum they already assume blacks will royally eff up so the set the bar low from the start. They expect only 60% of black kids to know how to read at a certain age, why? Because historically no matter what they do blacks will fail. No child left behind was SPECIFICALLY designed for blacks! Everyone else’s test scores went up except black kids. You mean to tell me one can dumb down the curriculum so much that all they have to do is study specific material for a specific test and nothing more and they still fail? These kids are dead weight dragging down everyone else in the class who need to be challenged. American used to be number 1 in education and is now 14 th and 16th in math and science despite throwing more and more money at them every year. Life doesn’t imitate art, art imitates life! Black folks don’t even know what to wear if not for BET, and rap videos. If anyone dares to leave the plantation you folks ridicule them to no end, its no wonder those of us who make something of ourselves couldn’t care less what happens in the black community anymore. You go into these places looking to help out and give people something MORE than a handout and they spit on you, call you names, and don’t even show up at all lest you have free food! You worship these black celebrities, charlatans and “leaders,” but couldn’t name a prominent black business man, scientist, inventor. I’m a white guy and all I see on t.v. is black people getting rich in hip hop endeavors, and African american history/studies? Don’t blacks do anything else? The perfect image the black community needed Herman Cain a literal rocket freaking scientist and you people called him an uncle Tom because he DARED to think things differently. Manipulating black history is probably one of the most profitable things one can do, it takes advantage of numerous human psychological drawbacks. He looks different from me therefore he could be an enemy. He speaks my language, i.e. Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid outright insulting blacks to their faces and they lapped it up like red kool-aid.My greatest enemy isn’t a rich white republican, the guy most likely signing my pay checks, its Lil Pookie shooting at me because of the color i’m wearing or he want my shoes. What kind of ass-backwards, savagery is this? Debating with people like you is futile because 1. you’re arguing without a full deck. Education in the black community is all top down marching orders. Don’t you dare cite a non-black person, democrat, or grandma because all white people are evil (except the ones we vote for). Your black leaders manipulate history for their own personal gain. The NAACP was started by the same folks who put you in chains. 2. We don’t care what you think, we are trying to help you, this is an intervention and you won’t admit you have a problem. We will be alright, we will continue to marry women of other races, avoid the ghetto where only our money is welcome,
    and laugh our asses off at t.v. shows like this. You think you are free? You are enslaved more than ever before! Those brilliant democrats found a way to enslave you mentally rather than physically, knowing you will enslave each other physically all by your damned selves! When will blacks think for themselves? When will black women stop whoring themselves to these losers? When will black parents stop forgoing everything else in schools for the next basketball phenom? When will blacks stop being cowards about reporting crime in their own neighborhoods? I grew up in the hood, this notion of drugs, basketball, and music is the only way out is bullchit! When will blacks RESPECT kids who like math and science? With 20 million black babies NOT on this Earth because they were all aborted, when will blacks march for them, instead of some Trayvon punk who probably would have been shot a week later by another black kid?

    Blaming whitey is easy if you don’t know any of them, and don’t care to even be in the same room with them (because some of the individuals mentioned above told you not to).The day man hops in space ships headed for Mars because the Earth is doomed, black folks will still be shooting at each other in the hood, and wake up one day and wonder “where all the white folks at?” Hell they might even celebrate.

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