*Update* Oxygen Releases Official Statement On ‘All My Baby Mamas’ Cancellation

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January 15, 2013 ‐ By
Source: Oxygen.com

Source: Oxygen.com

[Update] The Daily Beast’s sources were correct because Pxygen has just released an official statement explaining their decision to cancel Shawty Lo’s new reality show, “All My Baby Mamas.” They said in a statement to The Grio:

“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.”

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If you are one of the 37,000 people who signed a petition to cancel Oxygen’s latest reality brainchild, “All My Baby Mamas,” you should feel really good about yourself right now. According to the Daily Beast’s sources, the network, which originally denied any association with the project, is slated to cancel the show entirely after enormous backlash before they even got one episode out the door.

We’re pretty sure you already heard about this foolery, and if the title doesn’t tell you enough, this reality series was going to be about dirty south rapper Shawty Lo and the 10 mothers of his 11 children, a few of which are in the same age bracket as his 20-year-old girlfriend. With news coming out yesterday that another of Shawty’s many women may be pregnant with his 12th child, I certainly hope that birth wasn’t expected to be a new plot line on the show, considering it now will never see the light of day.

When people first got whiff of this series, Oxygen defended the premise saying, “It was not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society.’’

But, as Allison Samuels pointed out in her report:

“Unless I’m mistaken, the term ‘baby mama’ is used almost exclusively in reference to black women, so Oxygen needed to do better than that. If the show was about a white man with 11 children and had the same title, we might be able to have a different conversation.”

We won’t be having any conversation now, with an official statement on the cancellation expected to be released any day now. This news is non-ratchet music to the ears of Sabrina Lamb, the creator of the change.org petition that got this show cancelled.

“I love that the people who’ve signed the petition are from all backgrounds, ages, and countries,’’ she told the Daily Beast. “This one elderly white man wrote me and said even he was tired of the stereotypical images of black people.’’

He’s just preaching to the choir.

Hooray for change! Who says one signature can’t make a difference?

 

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  • scandalous7

    good good good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230375632 Kara Daliha

    Getting this TV cancelled is a win? Fix the people who do this all over black neighborhoods everywhere.

  • Sagittarius81

    Good! Now I’m tired of hearing about this show, Shawty-Lo and his baby mamas!

  • Ebby

    Thank God that piece of Shi! Crap is gone now can you work on Honey do do and all the rest of the ratchet crap reality shows!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mahogani Mahogani Dyan Webber

    They do have this same show in anglo form…..it’s called “Sister Wives” smdh

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ms.haagendazs Gina Yvette Calhoun

    This is a step in the right direction. Therefore, we need to sign petitions for a few of the negative stereotyped talk shows like Maury,bill Cunningham, etc.. i’m so tired of seeing my sisters on t.v not knowing how to conduct themselves in many ways.

    • chanela

      they didn’t force them to do it though. they signed up for it and decided to put on a show not maury or bill. blame black folks for thinking it’s okay to do those things

  • Aqua

    So emabarrising, thank god. IT IS A WIN because without it being shown on tv, basically telling young people its cool, its ok because its in the media, it won’t be a bad influence on the generation

  • TeahMonae

    I don’t know how much he was getting paid for this show but it was an opportunity for him to
    provide for his 11 children. Kind of contradictory for the people who say how he’s trifling or not providing for his kids, then boycott to take away the opportunity for him to do so. He’s still a hot mess for having all those baby mamas and kids though.

    • bluekissess

      Isn’t he a rapper? Couldn’t he rap his way into getting checks? Maybe if he sales that jewelry of his he probably won’t need a “reality” show

      • TeahMonae

        Girl when was the last time you heard something on the radio from “Shawty Lo”? lol. I dont even know what song he had to begin with. But yeah, he might want to pawn some of that jewelry.

        • bluekissess

          Lol very true. I was trying to motivate the guy o_O lmao I forgot what song he had. Cold World

  • Limeaide

    Thank God for Miracles. Does not the Black Community have enough negative stereotypes without adding more. I mean who but an idiot would allow a low down idiot male with an out of control sex drive, to impregnate them knowing that this man has like a gazillion baby mama’s. This is just plain ignorant and disgusting behavior on his part as well as the many low self esteem baby mama’s that he is involved with. Poor kids, they will certainly grow up confused. He sure would have made an excellent stud during slavery times, but in this darn age, he ought to be ashamed of himself and hog tied for having this many babies with multiple woman. Do they not know what birth control is and what about the spreading of AIDS. I’m sure they have all slept with a gazillion in one partners. So sad for the innocent children, who have been born into this mess.

    • BEAUTY85

      YOU ARE SO STUPID, JUST LISTEN TO ONE OF YOUR STATEMENTS, ” HE WOULD OF MADE AN EXCELLENT STUD DOING SLAVERY TIMES”. YOUR A REALLY VILE PERSON FOR EVEN SAYING SUCH A THING. AT LEAST THE MAN IS TAKING CARE OF HIS KIDS. HE CAN’T WIN, I OFTEN WONDER ABOUT THE MINDSET OF BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA!

      • SMHgurl24

        Yes because airing out his dirty laundry is really gonna pay the bills for long. Lets be real this show wouldn’t of lasted no more then 2 seasons (3 max) and that money would of been eaten up by those women in a heartbeat. You think thats a way to take care of children? Throwing them on tv and watching their mothers duke it out for entertainment? If he wanted to take care of his kids, he would cut out his ratchetness and find a way to really support those kids. With the way hes going he’ll be broke forever

      • bluekissess

        You’re yelling again lmao. You must not be a fan of the inside voice? Wow.

      • 1Val

        We the taxpayers most likely provide for Shawty Lo’s children. It is physically impossible for one father to adequately provide for, protect and effectively parent 11 children living in 10 different households. Your mindset is suspect for defending Shawty Lo who needs to neutered for breeding babies like a rabid dog. His children deserve better than what black underclass has offered them.

        • BEAUTY85

          You must have never been to Atlanta those black people know how to keep it together, they keep the money rolling with each other! The cost of living is pretty low,, so having. That many kids there would be harder in most cities. Atlanta is the mecca for black people in the US.

          • 1Val

            Your ignorance is profound. Therefore, I will leave you to revel in it. Take care.

  • Kourtney

    If you don’t like a show then don’t watch it. This type of stuff is so uncalled for. Just because you don’t agree with the subject matter doesn’t mean that you have to watch it. People need to come up off their high horses.

    • bluekissess

      I disagree but your opinion is appreciated

      • Kourtney

        Its like going to a restaurant If you see something you don’t like on the menu then don’t order it. Your remote goes up and down.If you don’t like a show, then click your remote.

        • bluekissess

          Like I mentioned before I disagree but your opinion is appreciated

  • BEAUTY85

    Thus is so pathetic, DID ANYONE PROTEST ALL THESE RAPPERS WHO KEEP TALKING ABOUT LIGHT-SKIN WOMEN IN THEIR SONGS, WHERE THEY ARE BASICALLY BRAINWASHING OUR YOUNG BLACK MEN, OR HOW ABOUT OUR SCHOOL CURRICULUM WHICH DOESN’T TEACH OUR BLACK KIDS MUCH ABOUT OURSELVES. OUR HISTORY RUNS SO DEEP, WE’RE NOT EVEN TAUGHT IN SCHOOL THAT OUR ANCESTORS SOLD US, NOT WHITE PEOPLE! BUT YET WE WORRY ABOUT THESE REALITY SHOWS WHICH IS A REALITY FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE! SOMETIMES I WISH I THIS RACE WOULD RISE UP TO OUR FULL POTENTIAL. IF YOU GUYS THINK THIS IS A TRIUMPH THEN I FEEL THAT WE HAVE SUCH A LONG WAY TO GO!

    • afroveda

      Turn the caps lock off please.

      • BEAUTY85

        OH SHUT UP

      • bluekissess

        Lol is all the yelling necessary? I was thinking the same thing.

    • SMHgurl24

      Don’t know about others but I sure as hell don’t support these rappers you talk about. Its obvious you don’t know much about school curriculum since I didn’t learn about that stuff until I went to college and studied it and they don’t teach it because of lack of time. So.. epic fail on your part..

      • BEAUTY85

        Obviously your an idiot, trying reading my statement again!

        • SMHgurl24

          Could you please stop with the insults. All your doing is showing how uneducated you are by stooping to that level

    • 1Val

      Please explain to us how Shawty Lo’s decision NOT to use birth control is white folks fault?

      • bluekissess

        I.would love to know that answer myself

  • me

    Still does not change the fact that this mess is happening EVERY DAY. A ‘win’ would be black folks changing their attitudes toward having kids. It’s not recreation or proof of a some clown being a man. If people put this much energy into showing black women in particular the right way to handle their bodies and relationships with men, shows like this would not exist. Whether we like it or not this kind of foolishness is real for a lot of people and will continue to be. Sometimes I think we never focus on the right battles. SMH.

    • bluekissess

      Right maybe that story line would be interesting. If I ran into a man with that problem I would gladly pump the breaks. Those women may have been different but they all share the “This time I will and can make him mine” mentality.

      • KIR12

        The high illegitimacy rate in the black community is never going to end until black women get off this condoms only lie. 72% black illegitimacy and 50% abortion of all black pregnancies confirms it’s a lie. Yet you all expect teenagers and young adults to use a condom every time they have s3x and tell them female contraceptives are optional/not needed? Laughable, black women are telling young black girls to do something they were not able to do themselves! If you’re a healthy s3xually active young woman and not using some type of female contraceptive it’s not a matter of if it’s a matter of WHEN you become pregnant.

        Yes, s3xually active teenagers and young women should PLAN on the man using a condom every time but if you don’t want to get pregnant you better have a backup plan. You are responsible for your body life and future. You, and no one else! We know when trust is built and emotions and feelings are involved condoms are not used or not used as often. It’s just a fact of life. Condoms are good for short term hookups and prevention of STD’s. That’s it. Condom EXCLUSIVELY has never worked as a longterm means of birth control for any race nor any country IN THE WORLD. Fact

        • bluekissess

          Tragic. But, I would really enjoy a show focusing on women and why they choose the one’s they do. You could be on to something.

        • chanela

          condoms are good for short term hookups… um, what? you can still get pregnant hook up or not. they break all the time condoms don’t care who you fuggin.lol

  • thatonegirl

    I low key wanted to watch it. White people and their views about my community don’t define me or the way I live my life. Therefore it didn’t make one bit of difference to me whether it aired or not.

    • BEAUTY85

      thank you! I think a lot black people’s insecurities are showing, when they are worried about a REALITY show, there are people who act this way, I have family as such, and I love them. They would never embarrass me with any of their antics because I’m pretty confident in who I am. I thinks offensive to people who are quote on quote”ghetto”, which I don’t like to call people that but just for reference sake I will, these people who are always complaining act like their better than these people but you are not because all your doing is trying to put people down.

      • 1Val

        Instead of defending your family’ try upbraiding them the way you are attempting to do others who disagree with the black underclass lifestyle. No self-respecting black person wants to view other black people behaving and living like animals.

      • SMHgurl24

        Excuse me I also have family who are in the ratchet category and I also love them however, If you don’t see this for what it is your in denial of whats going on. First of all isn’t Oxygen owned by Oprah? Why in the hell would someone like her willingly put that on her own network when she is all about raising black communities and women?! Something stinks and i’m glad enough people thought the same way!

  • rzakia

    I feel sad for people who feel as if this is a win. Does Shawty Lo still have 11 kids by 10 women? Does he possibly have a new baby on the way by a new woman? Does this type of foolishness go on everyday in America? Are there men and women who see absolutely nothing wrong with all of this craziness? For those of you who think just by cancelling a show you get the win…smh. This show and other “reality” shows should not be our main cause of concern.

    • SMHgurl24

      Well I see it more as a win for society. I mean you can’t get any lower in entertainment then this.

      • KIR12

        Congratulations black women now you can go back to remaining silent and/or defending black baby mamas, black matriarchy and black feminism w/o the nation being shown and laughing at the end result on a reality show. Yeah, you win. Black feminism is actually quasi feminism. lol They want the 100% control of their reproductive rights won by white feminist w/o accepting accountability and responsiblity that comes with it. They’ll run down to the abortion clinic and ki11 the kids they don’t want then turn around and blame the black man for the kids they decide to keep.

      • KIR12

        Congratulations black women now you can go back to remaining silent and/or defending, promoting and glorifying black baby mamas, black matriarchy and black feminism w/o the nation and world being shown and laughing at the end result on a reality show. Yeah, you win. They should have shown it. Why not? I don’t understand…. it’s ok to promote, glorify and defend black mama culture but bad to show the end result to the world?

        Black feminism is actually quasi gh3tto feminism. lol They want the 100% control of their reproductive rights won by white feminist w/o accepting the accountability and responsiblity that comes with it. They’ll run down to the abortion clinic and terminate the kids they don’t want then turn around and blame the black man for the kids they decide to keep.

        • SMHgurl24

          Oh PLEASE knock it off with that mess! You can go on and on about how its black women’s fault for how their portrayed but at the end of the day imma still hold onto what I know. You look at this from a single point of view and you think you have all the answers right? HA! You sound just as dumb as those people who think banning certain guns are gonna take away the violence. I’m not gonna go any further because I despise people who refuse to educate themselves.

    • AJ389

      I don’t think it is our “main” cause of concern, but just like putting together a puzzle with many pieces, you’ve gotta start somewhere. While this isn’t a HUGE win, its still a win. Whatever problems are at hand are all products of a bigger picture. Rome wasn’t built in a day and there is still a long way to go, but as we go on our way, it doesn’t need to be broadcast on network tv.

    • Yay

      You should feel sorry for yourself! Clearly, you didn’t sign the petition so you are just blowing hot air on those who took a second to show they care to stop this type of ignorance. Those who supported this shows cancellation have valid reason to feel empowered. Our voices were heard. The truth is it’s everyone’s right to have children – the unfit, illiterate, criminal and all, but we can shame the networks praying on our community issues for ratings. There are Shawty Lo’s in every ethnic community. Thanks to ignorant hip-hopers coining the “baby mama” term we are the face of it all. It doesn’t make it right to parade children on T.V. who are caught in the dysfunction of having a dozen half-siblings.

      • rzakia

        Obviously no I didn’t sign the petition, obviously you did. Good for you. I hope you feel good about yourself for signing a petition that stops a show. I don’t sign petitions for causes that I think are ridiculous and pointless. While this show won’t be shown the underlining problems will go unmentioned and forgotten. We will not have a frank and genuine conversation regarding families and relationships in America. We will not talk about what can be done to help future generations stop this downward spiral. We will continue to blame hip hop for something that has gone on since forever. We will continue to say hip hop is what happened to black society when that is clearly not the issue. We will continue to sign petitions for shows that we believe show off our dirty little secrets under the guise of saying that it’s to protect us from stereotypes. So for those of you who thinks this is some type of moral victory it is only that if it is followed up by a lot of hard work.

        • Yay!

          What are you doing to advocate against this type of ignorance on T.V. or in the community? Blowing hot air doesn’t count. If the answer isn’t tangible kindly have a _/… Media is the second most influential in a home next to parents so let’s not be foolish to think the media has no effect on people’s lives. Remember tobacco ads? It’s no mystery why once the surgeon general stepped up efforts to limit their reach instances of tobacco use have steadily gone down. If we don’t get real about the “dirty little secret” of minorities being dragged in the media for the world’s entertainment, no amount of “addressing” will keep your son or daughter from being desensitized into a future Shawty Lo or his Baby Mamas.

    • chanela

      right. i mean i get where they’re coming from, but still. what about everything else just like it that is currently on tv that sites like madame noire update stories on every day? what about his family still being the same and it going on in other places (like @rzakia:disqus said). so because we don’t SEE it, then that makes his kids and concubines disappear? hmm

  • Dawnn

    This is great. But we need to do this for all reality shows such as Basketball Wives, Real Housewife of Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Kardashians, Sisterhood, Bad Girls club, Love & Hip Hop NY, and Atlanta etc. We need to stop watch all this stuff period. I know negativity sadly sells. I wish we support the good shows that are trying to display blacks in a positive way.

  • Dawnn

    This is great. But we need to do this for all reality shows such as Basketball Wives, Real Housewife of Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Kardashians, Sisterhood, Bad Girls club, Love & Hip Hop NY, and Atlanta etc. We need to stop watch all this stuff period. I know negativity sadly sells. I wish we support the good shows that are trying to display blacks in a positive way.

    • bluekissess

      Please create one. I’d be gladly to sign every single one. Ill sign a petition in a heartbeat. To be honest I do watch love and hip hop NY but the only story line I’m interested in is Joe Budden and his battle with sobriety. The rest… blah

      • Dawnn

        You don’t always have to sign a petition. The best way to put a stop to this foolishness is not to watch these show. If people would stop watching this foolishness these shows would not be coming on.

        • bluekissess

          I’m aware that I don’t have to sign one. But petitions give the cause a bigger push. It has an impact on advertisers products and the networks reputation. That’s why I sign and don’t watch

    • Alicia

      I AGREE WITH YOU 100%!! All of these reality shows featuring African Americans makes all of us as people of color look bad. They make me ashamed. Their conduct is disgraceful and thug like. Just because these shows offer to toss you a couple of bucks, does not mean you have to agree to it. Whatever happened to the pride, dignity and respect we once had? I am so thankful this ridiculous show was canceled. Having a bunch of children out of wedlock by multiple women DOES NOT make you a man. This shows you have absolutely no respect for yourself. God willdefinitely hold these so called “men” accountable responsible for their behavior. I applaud those for speaking out on this ridiculous idea.

  • Bri

    Yesssss

  • I’m just saying

    Thank goodness

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