*Update* Oxygen Releases Official Statement On ‘All My Baby Mamas’ Cancellation
[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.”
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?