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Television executives sure know how to spark controversy with reality shows. Oxygen executives have created the latest with the network’s new series All My Babies’ Mamas, which stars rapper Shawty Lo, his 11 children and their 10 different mothers.
A Change.org petition already has over 31,000 signatures. Sabrina Lamb of New York, who created the petition, writes that the show is “not just an attack on African-American parents and children....but ALL PARENTS AND CHILDREN!”
Lamb notes that sites like RapRehab.com, BlackMenInAmerica.com and MyBrownBaby.com have already supported the petition. She also linked to an open letter to Oxygen CEO Jason Klarman, asking him to cancel the show.
The Parents Television Council has also voiced their disapproval of the show, telling Fox News, “Hollywood doesn’t think there is such a thing as ‘too low,’ so it will continue to find even more base material.”
PTC’s Dan Isett continued, “The premise of this show is crass, irresponsible and exploitative. Oxygen should be more responsible. And, yes, we (will) hold advertisers publicly accountable for their sponsorship of this program.”
Shawty Lo defended the show in an interview with MTV News, claiming that it wasn’t even his idea.
“You can hate all you want to, I didn't ask for it. It just happened. Now that it happened, I'm supposed to turn my back against it?” he said. “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.”
The rapper explained that he takes care of all his children and only has problems with one of the mothers. “She has two kids by me, and she feel like I'm supposed to do more for her kids, and she don't wanna work. She just want me to straight take care of them, but it's all love. I handle it,” he said.
“Even if you ain't got the money, you gotta be a father to your child. You need to be in your child's life, 'cause that means a lot to them.” he continued. “Comin' up, we didn't have Thanksgiving, we didn't have Christmas, but if I had my father there, if I even had my mother there, I probably wouldn't have been that person I was in the streets.”
Oxygen announced the special last month and scheduled it to air in Spring 2013.