The reality show would have followed Atlanta based rapper Shawty Lo and his 11 children by 10 different women. Oxygen states part of its mission as empowering women. A large of number of women and men, for that matter, didn’t think this show fit that mission.
One online petition against the program drew more than 37,000 signatures. Oxygen decided the backlash simply wasn’t worth it, and won’t air the show. The network’s statement simply said it reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special.
It stopped just short of an apology and said the show was not meant as a depiction of typical life for any demographic. No one may have been saved more long-term damage than Shawty Lo’s kids, nine of whom are girls. It’s frightening to think what message this show would send them.
Even though All My Babies Mamas won’t make it to air, it’s already gotten a lot of publicity for Shawty Lo. He’s a former member of the rap group D4L, who reached the top of the Billboard 100 with “Laffy Taffy.” Shawty Lo also made hip-hop headlines through his rivalry with T.I. Both have now downplayed the issues, which peaked with a fight at Atlanta’s 3rd Annual Dirty Awards.
Read [Entertainment Weekly]