Oxygen backed down on airing a special featuring Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo called “All my Babies’ Mamas” after a torrent of protests about the content and title of the show.
The network just released this statement:
“As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special. We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation.”
Shawty Lo was placed in a house with 10 women he had babies with, along with 11 of the kids. Many bloggers began petitions, protesting the entire premise and how poorly it reflected on blacks in general. Tens of thousands of people signed the petitions. The Parents Television Council, which usually focuses on violence and overt sexual content, also threw in their two cents, telling Oxygen to shut it down.
Oxygen originally sent out a release last month saying the special would air later this year. Sometimes networks will air specials as a test to see if it’s worthy of becoming a series. (TLC’s ‘Extreme Couponing” is an example.)
This was a rare case where the show’s description was so offensive, the network was forced to pull it.
Give a glory to God. Seriously. I’m all about trashy, foolish reality TV, but this went a little too far for my personal taste. I mean, why contribute to the problem? Whatever. Good on Oxygen, though.