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Cries of Racism over Oxygen's 'All My Babies' Mamas' Rapper's Reality Show

Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 06:24 PM

By Michael Mullins and Stephen Feller

The 13-minute trailer for a proposed new reality TV show called "All My Babies' Mamas" has been pulled following criticism that the show highlights "stereotypes and demeans black children, mothers and dads." However, the show will go on.

Set to air in the spring on Oxygen network, the show follows rapper Carlos "Shawty Lo" Walker, 36, in his day-to-day life in an upscale suburb of Atlanta with his 11 children and the 10 women who gave birth to them.

Shortly after the trailer's release in December, New York-based writer Sabrina Lamb started an online petition demanding the show's cancellation.

"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'?" Lamb writes in the petition of the show.

The Change.org petition had garnered nearly 28,000 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon. It was opened for signatures a few weeks ago.

Lamb's petition has received support from The Parents Television Council, a self-described non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment.

PTC President Tim Winter expressed his support for the cause.

"Every time we think that the television industry couldn’t stoop any lower, sadly one of the networks steps forward to prove us wrong," Winter said in a statement. "This new project in development at Oxygen is grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive, and we urge the network to cease any further work on it immediately."

The show's executive producers have also worked on other reality shows, such as MTV's "Laguna Beach," "The Hills," and "Teen Mom."

Despite the criticisms, Oxygen, which is owned by NBC Universal, plans to go forward with the show. The network responded with the following statement:

"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 . . . 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."

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