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Oxygen Defends ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ Despite Petition To Cancel Reality Show

All My Babies Mamas

Oxygen is defending its reality special, All My Babies’ Mamas, which will focus on the life of rapper Shawty Lo as he juggles having 11 children by 10 different women.

A petition was started on Change.org to cancel the show, which has yet to air. Sabrina Lamb of New York started the petition and asked signers to “tell Oxygen that their viewers will not tolerate a show that exploits and stereotypes Black children and families.”

The petition has received over 15,000 signatures since its creation.

Oxygen quickly fired back at protestors, saying that the show isn’t mean to stereotype anyone.

Oxygen Media told RadarOnline:

“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.”

Lamb, and others who have signed the petition, don’t see it that. In an interview with Essence, Lamb, who works with underserved youth in the New York City area, said:

“To me, ‘baby’s mama’ is a slur. It’s denying the humanity of a child’s existence. Every child deserves to come into the world loved by two parents, safe and wanted. In the clip I saw, Lo [born Carlos Walker] couldn’t even remember the names of all of his 11 children. This is not funny to me. What’s funny about this?”

When asked if she felt more people should be as outraged as she is, Lamb said, “Black people do not feel like they have the power to say anything different. I’m just one person. I’m just someone who said, ‘Excuse me, the emperor has no clothes on.'”

Lamb said that if the show airs, “you’re going to have to come and get me from in front of the Oxygen studio.” She said that it is not only black people who are frustrated with the show, but white people as well.

“I got an email from a 68-year-old White woman saying, ‘I am sick and tired of Black stereotypes.'”

The 36-year-old rapper, who is probably best known for his fight with T.I., not only has 11 children by 10 different women, but several of those children are around the same age as his 19-year-old girlfriend. He was 15 when his first child was born, and he now has nine daughters and two sons.

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61 Responses to “Oxygen Defends ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ Despite Petition To Cancel Reality Show”

  1. Vanessa Jones

    it's about time! A real reality show about everyday life! And I have two sons with more than one baby momma so I will be watching this show!

  2. Vanessa Jones

    I'm glad to see someone coming up with a real reality show like this. Baby Mama is not a slur it's what it is, A guys baby's mama. Some people just blow things out of proportion. I guess it's ok to watch a little back woods country little girl going to the trash can acting like they going shopping with her parents! Get a drink and leave the show alone.

  3. Ben Stewart

    it's about time! An actual truth indicate with regards to everyday life! And I have 2 sons along with multiple baby momma and so I am observing this particular indicate!

  4. Melody Machelle Huff

    If you don't like it don't watch it point blank period. Of all the stuff to worry about this shoudn't be one of them. I'm sure going to watch it.

  5. Tereesa Iamonamission Davenport

    baby mama is degrading I would be damn if my l/o dad called me that

  6. Lola Aileen Vanslette

    That's sick. It's one thing to produce too many kids in this overpopulated world, it's another to produce the crime as if it is a wonderful thing. Any woman wanting to be with a man who has kids by every other woman in the neighborhood should feel dirty and used, not put on a pedestal for all the nation to see what a pathetic excuse of a man he is. They do know they are only setting themselves up to be condemned, right? No one will respect you after seeing this.

  7. Lola Aileen Vanslette

    Whose everyday life? I would never even want to be seen with a man and all the women he has proof he had sex with. That's degrading. I thought women wanted to be respected. Anyone who watches this has no self-esteem whatsoever. Especially those who think this is EVERYDAY LIFE. Seriously?

  8. Sarah Kurkov

    How is this stereotyping, this is a REALITY show….it's not like this was a made up show with a team of writers called The typical life. That would be stereotypical not to mention extremely racist. This is this families reality if you don't like it don't watch it.

  9. M Del Toro

    its not a everyday life… I will not watch this show. Its just showing young men and ladies that its okay to have many kids with many partners… Unless your rich and can support every single kid. Just gross aint people scared of AIDS anymore? It is not ok. Thats my opinon sticking to it.

  10. Angela Nowalk

    This is no different then honey boo boo..makeing the country folk and whites look bad .Or no diffrent then sister wives.who is one man with 4 wives with a ton of kids.only diffrence with this is the guy isnt married to them.

  11. M Del Toro

    Yea people dont have to watch this, Thank God this is not a everyday life.

  12. M Del Toro

    Yea people dont have to watch this, Thank God this is not a everyday life.

  13. Debora A. Carver Ellsworth

    This is what actually happens in these black neighborhoods, they reproduce like animals, with no thought to who will pay for the kids or how they'll grow up. If I sound racist, I don't mean to be, it's just what I see. Ever watch Maury or Springer?

  14. Paula Qualls Gurley

    Sadly this is reality and not just for black people. I knew a guy 30 years ago with 8 kids by 6 women, and he was whilte. Role models…………..no. Showing what can be if you don't behave responsibly……..yes. Do I respect the "family" in this show………..no. Do I hope someone can learn from it……..yes, but it would be a surprise.

  15. Craig Miller

    This is a liberal's wet dream. I am only surprised a show like this hasn't already been on the air. How cute eleven more little democrats.

  16. Lola Aileen Vanslette

    I don't know what Honey Boo boo is, so I can't say. But it can't help these kids, or their "mamas" to be publically humiliated on national tv, just for ratings.

  17. Paula Qualls Gurley

    You do sound racist. It's not limited to black neighborhoods. It's everywhere. Don't teach your kid to be abstinent, just hand them condoms and tell them not to do drugs.

  18. Bj Banks

    Some white producer is going to make a lot of money off of a bunch of stupid black folks. Any woman who wants to have her baby with "Shawty" viewed on TV with people watching laughing and making jokes ought to be thinking of how this image hurts her child. By the way, who is taking care of all those kids? ' I'm sure it ain't "Shawty".

  19. Alycia Cooper

    Are you implying that this doesn't happen in white households? Ever watch Maury or Springer?

  20. Alycia Cooper

    The show Teen Moms is all white teens, so I guess whites "reproduce like animals" as well.

  21. Alycia Cooper

    Bill Cosby talks about the power of imagery, and he's right.

  22. Judith E Carre

    Ok I know the show is stupid but y go out of your way to write a petition about it? Just dont watch it, do u know how much trash is on tv that I dont like and wont stand for, I just choose not to watch it. Oxygen airs bad girls club all they show is girls fighting and cursing at each other that shiy aint cute I dont want my daughters growing up thinking its cool to do stuff like that,so I say fuck it just dont watch it

  23. Nick Alexander

    This is sad more no name mediocre talent get spotlight, 6 figure deal and some tv fame to show their B.S. While those who are really trying have to fight. This is wack

  24. John Martin

    Talk about continued stereotyping and feeding into people's racism and for those who don't understand this what planet are you from? Seriously, what kind of low level ignorance is Oxygen programming on. Why not "My babies mama watermelon farm"?

  25. PJ Granieri

    Paula Qualls Gurley Yeah hand them a condom an say F*ck on my child. That poor child in your arms…wonder if the condom broke an she is the product hahahahaha stupid is as Paul Qualls Gurley

  26. PJ Granieri

    All bastards he marries not one but F*cks them all. DISGUSTIN to have so many bastards an whores on TV

  27. Katrina Davis

    well Debora there are more whitEs on those Shows than My people and yes you do sound racist what do you mean we reproduce like animals manicure your own long before you go dig it off into somebody else's that you got dandelions everywhere and last am I look shorty low got my money to you do

  28. Katrina Davis

    My talking text is really messing up but anyways Deborah if you really wanna know about Maury Springer 90 percent of the script anyway what world do you live in you better look outside

  29. Shantell Frierson

    smh………………… Personal responsibility and accountability seems to be a thing of the past. It is shows like this that feed into the vast amount of stereotypes out there…..smh It is not ok to have 11 kids by 10 different women no matter what your demographics are….. smh Can't the creative minds over at the Oxygen network come up with a better concept for a show? geesh smh

  30. Jennifer Marie

    I'm really tired of people saying its because he needs money or because he's black it's really ignorant and be smart people the WOMAN are in the picture too so they aggreed to be on the show they get money too and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM knew what they where getting into by laying down and opening there legs it has nothing to do with race I'm going to watch the show at least he's making money and taking care of his kids (:

  31. Barbara Kemp

    I don't care how many kids you have as long as you can love them, protect them, and afford to raise them yourself. If you can not, then don't have them. I had the ones I could afford to raise myself and so should everyone else, I am sick and tired of paying tax dollars to raise other people's kids. At least he is not like Octuplets' mom , when she had 6 and then 8 more, all on welfare. To me if these mothers don't care why should anyone else, as long as they are not on welfare or going on welfare.

  32. Corey Johnson

    Debora, I laughed that you cited Springer and Maury. That says more about you than the people you say breed like animals. Not only do you sound racist your sound like your middle school dropout. What self respecting adult has time or desire to watch Springer or Maury and cite it as anthropological evidence of the mating habits of any group? Those shows are created for poor people, about poor people, for people with poor IQs. POOR people the world over multiply faster than more affluent people. Any place on earth you visit, this will be the case. It’s a function of economics and education, not race. The irony in your statement is that THIS guy, an idiot though he is for exploiting himself and his children, is actually a millionaire. : /

  33. Corey Johnson

    And we wonder why the world thinks so little of African American women. You dont even have the sense to know when you are being made a complete mockery of via stereotype. This isnt everyday life. This poor ignorant everyday life, for ignorant women who allowed their ignorant selves to be impregnated by an idiot, with no after thought of how this will impact the children to come. Why not get a camera crew to follow around a group of kids in a special education class so we can laugh at them? This show the equivalent of watching social retards.

  34. Donna Silvia Shah

    The problem is that they think it is cool to refer to themselves as baby mamas and baby daddy's and no it is not exclusively black anymore but the white trash that use these terms got it from the ghetto black community. I would be embarrassed to be referred to as either.

  35. Veronica A Hester

    I really don't see it as a racial issue. They have shows about white teens getting pregnant, so really what's the difference? It's about this rapper, and his skin happens to be black.

  36. Dave Dziedzic

    Any chance some respected people will come forward and denounce this stupidity? How about Oprah, or President Obama, or Bill Cosby? Racist I don't know, but certainly crass. I feel the same way about Sister Wives, and you can't get whiter than them.

  37. Ann Nalley

    garbage! who in the hell cares how many children he has fathered, what the hell kind of a person is he and what the hell kind of woman are the mothers….we don't need this frickin trash on tv, too much of it now…and no I do not like honey boo boo either…i thought it couldn't get much trashier but guess I was wrong.

  38. Corey Johnson

    Vanessa Jones This isnt a real reality show, NOTHING on televison is reality outside of sports and even thats contrived from time to time. Ive worked on a couple TV shows and have friends who work in television, some of whom work on "reality tv" shows. NEW FLASH its all scripted, its all contrived. Why not get a camera crew to follow around a group of kids in a special education class so we can laugh at them? It’s the same premise. This show is the equivalent of watching social/intellectual handicaps, and mocking them and thus the AA community at large. The reason the many in this world have so little respect and think so little about African Americans is NOT because they are racists against us. Its because so many of us lack basic "self respect" and the good and common sense to know when we are being exploited, ridiculed, and mocked. Maybe its because some of us lack education or understanding of anything outside of their neighborhoods. Sadly, in the African American community its often those who know the least, that speak the most and speak the loudest. Im ashamed to share the same heritage of any African American who would support such a show.

  39. Corey Johnson

    Vanessa Jones This isnt a real reality show, NOTHING on televison is reality outside of sports and even thats contrived from time to time. Ive worked on a couple TV shows and have friends who work in television, some of whom work on "reality tv" shows. NEW FLASH its all scripted, its all contrived. Why not get a camera crew to follow around a group of special needs kids so we can laugh at them? It’s the same premise. This show is the equivalent of watching social/intellectual handicaps, and mocking them and thus the AA community at large. The reason the many in this world have so little respect and think so little about African Americans is NOT because they are racists against us. Its because so many of us lack basic "self respect" and the good and common sense to know when we are being exploited, ridiculed, and mocked. Maybe its because some of us lack education or understanding of anything outside of their neighborhoods. Sadly, in the African American community its often those who know the least, that speak the most and speak the loudest. Im ashamed to share the same heritage of any African American who would support such a show.

  40. Cindy Vallone

    Not a one of these woemn aspiring to do a friggin thing except pump out kids. How do you start your young adult life not wanting to accomplish anything for yourself? Let's see how many of them have jobs other than opening their legs.

  41. Lynn Collins Battle

    Neither Maury nor Jerry represent the average family structure and to make that comparison is racist. You really need to very out more to see how most black people live.

  42. Lynn Collins Battle

    Just because there's no difference doesn't make any of them right. Obviously white people didn't see enough wrong with Honey Boo Boo to protest it.

  43. Tiffany R. Davis

    @ Deborah A Carver – You sound very much racist! So whites don't reproduce like animals and live off the government? Think before you speak .

  44. Yvette Whatsnottoluv

    What's the odds you find 10 idiots n a bum all on one show??? Most raggediest shit I've seen since the rising of the Maury show!! Self-respect, dignity, n self worth….what all them "Boonequitas" need to obtain!!