Trailer pulled for reality show starring rapper who fathered ELEVEN children
A 20,000-strong Change.org petition claims Oxygen’s show, All My Babies’ Mamas, ‘stereotypes and demeans black children, mothers and dads’
A yet-to-air reality show documenting a rapper, who has fathered eleven children by ten different women, has been slammed by critics who have branded it ‘disgusting’ and ‘negative’.
All My Babies’ Mamas, set to air this spring on the Oxygen network, follows Carlos ‘Shawty Lo’ Walker, 36, as he navigates family life in an affluent suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
But after a preview of the one-hour, fly-on-the-wall hit the internet thousands of viewers called for it to be scrapped, with many suggesting it plays on racial stereotypes.
A Change.org petition, which has more than 20,000 signatures, states that the show ‘stereotypes and demeans black children, mothers and dads’.
New York-based Sabrina Lamb, who launched the initiative explains: ‘This is not just an attack on African-American parents and children….but all parents and children.
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‘As dysfunctional and violent as so-called reality shows are, could you ever imagine a one hour spectacle where 11 children are forced to witness their 10 unwed mothers clamor for financial support, emotional attention and sexual reward from Shawty-Lo, the apathetic ‘father’?’
Oxygen released a 13-minute trailer promoting the show in December, before production had been completed.
Join the club: Liana (left) and Angela (right) have both had children with Atlanta-based rapper Lo Shawty who claims to have had ‘a lot of girls’ over the years
In the clip, which has has now disappeared from YouTube, Mr Walker is seen talking about managing his music career and the struggle of being a father from the confines of his roomy eight-bedroom mansion.
‘How does a guy like me have ten baby mamas eleven kids? It’s heaven,’ he boasts in one scene.
‘I had a lot of girls… They was in love and, I probably was too. And it just happened’
And in another he explains: ‘I had a lot of girls… They was in love and, I probably was too. And it just happened.’
The trailer also shows him as he fails to remember the names of his eleven teenage children.
In an interview with Essence about her petition Ms Lamb said: ‘In the clip I saw, Lo couldn’t even remember the names of all of his 11 children. This is not funny to me. What’s funny about this?’
E’creia, who gave birth to Mr Walker’s first child and refers to herself as ‘The First Lady’, introduces the other women who have also had flings with the music star.
The mother-of-one gives all of her fellow ‘baby mamas’ nicknames, such as ‘jealous’, ‘the baby mama from hell’ or ‘shady baby mama’.
MEET THE FAMILY: THE FORMER FLAMES OF SHAWTY LO
So far, just seven of Shawty Lo’s ten ‘baby mamas’ have been named – and each been given her own on-show nickname…
- E’Creia, 29: Known on the show as the ‘First Lady’, she and Shawty Lo were once engaged and she still handles his finances. When they met, she had three other children from a previous relationship.
- Angela, 32: The ‘Fighter Baby Mama’
- Amanda, 34: The ‘Jealous Baby Mama’
- Sujuan, 36: She is known as the ‘Wanna-be Bougie Baby Mama’ and says: ‘I just don’t like the term baby mama. I think it’s degrading’
- Tamara: The ‘No-Drama Baby Mama’
- Serena: The ‘Shady Baby Mama’
- Liana (aka Pebbles): The ‘Baby mama from hell’
Mr Walker’s new girlfriend, who is the same age as one of his oldest children, also features in the show.
The scantily-clad Ashlin, who will turn 20 this year, tells viewers: ‘Me and Carlos have been dating for about a year now and I’m really in love with him.’
Many of the other baby mamas believe she will soon fall pregnant.
After a trailer promoting All My Babies’ Mamas was released, a stream of negative comments flooded social media sites.
One YouTube user wrote: ‘This show is disgusting we don’t need role models like this bunch.’
While another commented on Facebook: ‘This is horrible! Pls dont show this! How about a show that will help rebuild our nation instead of glamourizimg the NEGATIVE?’
Despite public outcry, Oxygen has defended its new show.
In a statement it said: ‘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.’
The network previously explained in a press release that the show ‘will capture the highs and lows of this extreme ‘blended family’ that is anything but ordinary, while also showing the drama and the passion behind life’s most unexpected situations.’
It said viewers could expect ‘outrageous and authentic over-the-top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about.’
All My Babies’ Mamas, said to still be in production, is set to air this spring.
The program’s executive producers are Liz Gateley and Tony DiSanto of DiGa Vision, who also worked on MTV reality shows Laguna Beach, The Hills and Teen Mom.
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