The trailer for a new reality show that documents a rapper who has fathered 11 children by 10 different women called "All My Babies' Mamas" has been pulled after it was branded an "attack on African-American families."
Is this an all-time low for reality television? I can't believe I'm saying this, but the show actually makes Snookie look like a saint. The yet-to-be-aired show is being called "disgusting" and "negative" by critics, suggesting that it plays on racial stereotypes.
Shawty Lo is an American rapper from Atlanta. "All My Babies' Mamas" is set to air this spring on the Oxygen network and follows the rapper as he juggles 11 kids, 10 "baby mamas," a girlfriend who is the same age as his oldest daughter and a career.
As an attack on the show, a Change.org petition already has more than 25,000 signatures stating that the show "stereotypes and demeans black children, mothers and dads."
In response, Oxygen defended the show in a statement:
"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."
Oxygen released a 13-minute promo in December before the completion of production, but disappeared from YouTube since controversy over the show broke out. However, "All My Babies' Mamas" is still in production and is expected to be on a television set near you in the spring.