Tags: babies | mamas | reality | racist

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

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
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."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Steve Carell's North Korea Movie 'Pyongyang' Killed by Sony Hack

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 05:57 AM

Steve Carell's planned movie project based on North Korea has been canceled by New Regency after the Sony Entertainment  . . .

North Korea Behind Sony Hack, US Officials '99 Percent' Certain

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 20:51 PM

U.S. officials have determined with "99 percent certainty" that the North Korean government is behind the cyberattack on . . .

AMC MoviePass: Subscription Service Lets Viewers See Daily Movies

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 20:29 PM

AMC Theaters has joined startup MoviePass on a pilot program that will offer a subscription service for in-theater movie . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved