Author Sabrina Lamb wants Shawty Lo's 'All My Babies' Mamas' taken off the air
The upcoming Oxygen network reality special starring Shawty Lo, about the rapper and his 11 children by 10 different women, has drawn a little bit of outrage. And whatever for, with a title like All My Babies' Mamas? But author Sabrina Lamb isn't laughing about it, and neither is Shawty. Let's discuss.
"(Oxygen) is saying to these young women, it's okay to have unprotected sex, it's okay to be a 'babies’ mama' and the other baby mama is your enemy," Lamb told Sister2Sister Magazine. "You can't exploit these innocent children and then tell your viewers to tweet and gossip about them. It offers really dangerous stereotypes about us." She was so upset, she started a Change.org petition to have the network yank the show, and has garnered more than 33,000 signatures already. The Parents Television Council is also angry about the show.
The Dey Know rapper isn't too concerned about it, though, because he says his lifestyle wasn't his idea to begin with. "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 told MTV News. "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."
We don't really know how he manages to find time to pay any attention to any of them, frankly, but he expounds: "I take care of all my kids. ... Outta all the 10 baby mamas, I just have problems outta one. That's it," he said. "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."
For its part, Oxygen refutes the idea the show is garbage TV, saying in a statement to Fox411, "Oxygen's one-hour special in development is 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 Media's diverse team of creative executives will continue developing the show with this point of view." No air date has been set.
Lamb, meanwhile, insists even the title of the show is racist and demeaning, calling the series "a modern-day minstrel" that would be like watching kids be sold at auction like slaves.
"They didn’t ask to come into your chaos, they didn’t ask to be born into your situation," she said of the 11 children. "Those women don't need a TV show, they need therapy and condoms." Watch out, Kim Kardashian, you'd have to work pretty long hours to top this one.
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