He’s still at it.
After news broke at the beginning of the week that Oxygen Media had fully bent under massive media criticism and a successful petition and would cancel All My Babies’ Mamas, many people were full of jubilation. And that might be an understatement. Others were confused as to why people wouldn’t just ignore the show if they didn’t want to see it instead of complaining about it, and some other folks did the Kanye shrug and proceeded to indulge in other hood fabulous reality TV. But it’s finally time to hear Shawty Lo’s opinion on his show getting axed before it ever got started. A petition came out yesterday where he expressed his thoughts and even asked if his show was being halted because he was black, but he also visited Hot 107.9 in Atlanta to speak on his disappointment, as well as his childrens’ disappointment, over the fact that he wouldn’t get to extend his 15 minutes of fame as far as he had hoped.
When asked about his thoughts on the cancellation, the rapper said that people jumped the gun based on the trailer. “To my fans I appreciate that they want to see the show. I feel like they didn’t give the show a chance to air to see what was really going on, and she [petition creator, Sabrina Lamb] made her assumptions off of the trailer.”
And when it came time to explain how he found himself with 11 children, he went all the way back, talking about his shaky upbringing and how he wound up on the streets selling drugs, making money, and attracting many women:
“My life story, it wasn’t peaches and cream. Coming up was so, so hard for me. My momma was on drugs and my daddy was elsewhere. My grandmother raised me, and she died from cancer when I was 17, so I was out there in the streets. I don’t like to brag about my life story, but I came to be one of the largest drug dealers in the Bankhead area. And with the money came women, and came children. But you know as time went on, I woke up.”
But despite what people might think, Shawty Lo says that he’s a hands-on father to all his children:
“I ain’t had no child in 11 years. And basically what I’m doing is telling my story and showing how Shawty Lo turned a negative into a positive. The show wasn’t about no, ‘we gon’ be fighting’ and this going on. And a lot of fathers don’t even take care of one child, don’t even be there with one child. But me, I be there with my children. I’m hands on. My kids love their father. If you go look on my Instagram…you’ll see before a show even thought about, I be on Instagram with my kids every weekend or when I could be with them period.”
But host Emperor Searcy (yes, that’s his name) asked him what many people had been thinking when he inquired why anyone would think it’s a good idea to name a show something as tacky as All My Babies’ Mamas…?
“I really understand that, they have the right to think that. But at least give the show a chance. I’m working hard for the show to air because people do want to see it. And my kids, they want to see it, they disappointed right now. They were excited. But you know, my show is not about no negative. It’s a positive. But if they want to see the show, sign the petition. I’m hands on…In the beginning, in the first couple a years, I’m not gon’ lie I wasn’t there with my kids like that. I thought this getting money thing…it was what it was. But as I got older and get a little more wiser, I realized it was more to that. I was a dad at first, but I became a father…I paved a way for them to not walk the same path I walked in.”
Well all right. And if you needed further assurance that cancelling this show was a good idea, Rush Limbaugh of all people spoke out about the show and thought it should continue. But then again, we know why he would root for such shenanigans…
“The morality police, the old fuddy-duddies got in gear…The show was simply gonna’ show what it is in terms of this lifestyle and just gonna’ tell everybody what it is. Is it any wonder that the star of a show that happens to be Black and has the show pulled out from under him? Well I know none of these kids are more important than the president’s kids, but they’re important to Shawty.”
Riiiiiiight. Thanks for that nonsensical gibberish, sir.
But anyway, let’s be real Shawty Lo. Life will go on even if you’re not given the opportunity to showcase your humongous family and the many baby mothers that come with it. Before reality TV, people worked, and after it, they will have to go back to seeking out REAL work, so get to rapping and continue to take care of your children and be the good father you say you are. However, we the people, don’t need to see you in action.
Check out video from his interview on the next page…
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