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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.

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