Hearing the people’s cries to not see any more foolishness, Oxygen has officially decided not to air a reality special featuring one brother who has 11 children with 10 different “baby mamas.”
The Atlanta rapper “Shawty Lo”– not known to many hip hop fans – but apparently to many women in his town, was to star in a reality special, “All My Babies’ Mamas.”
The rapper wanted to bring cameras into what some felt was an overcrowded life already, and he was downright proud to do so. The rapper told MTV News in a recent interview that people should just stop hating.
“You can hate all you want to. I didn’t ask for it, it just happened,” he said. “Now that it happened, I’m just supposed to turn my back against it? If I wasn’t taking care of my kids then you would really dog me out, but I’m taking care of my kids, providing for my family. I don’t know what else to say.”
Despite him being a “stand up father” as he suggests, others felt his lifestyle was a disgrace to the black family unit and that Oxygen should not air the program. The Parents Television Council demanded that the network not air the program, calling it “grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive.”
Sabrina Lamb’s Change.org petition also demanded the show’s cancellation and so far, more than 37,000 have signed it hoping to cut Shawty’s claim to fame even shorter.
“It was 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 initially said in their defense, but later decided to cancel the show.
“As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special,” an Oxygen spokesperson said in a statement to theGrio. “We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation.”
By all means, check out Shawty Lo talking about raising all of his kids and having problems with “only one of their mamas,” courtesy of MTV.com.