I’ll be the first to say that I had doubts that anything would come from this but apparently the online petition to protest the upcoming Oxygen reality show “All My Baby Mamas” actually worked to the tune of 37,000 signatures.. After first denying any affiliation with the program, Oxygen has now been reported as planning to cancel the show which highlights the stereotypical disjointed family situation surrounding D-list Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo. Interestingly enough it has just come to light that Mr Lo has another woman pregnant with what would be his 12th child…….that would put the count at 10 or 11 women to 12 kids depending on what report you read.
Oxygen is now rumored to STILL have the ill fated program slated for a Spring time slot on it’s network.
Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, on Oxygen Network Canceling Controversial New Series, All My Babies’ Mamas
ColorOfChange.org Collected Over 40,000 Signatures Demanding the Shows Cancelation
***View Full Petition Here: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/oxygen ***
“After multiple conversations with Oxygen Media executives, the company informed us via email that a decision was made to cancel All My Babies’ Mamas late this afternoon. We thank Oxygen Media for taking this important step. The tremendous response from over 40,000 ColorOfChange.org members, coupled with national outrage from Black folks, sent a clear message that exploitative television shows like All My Babies’ Mamas are unacceptable.
The airing of a reality show like All My Babies’ Mamas would have reinforced many of the stereotypes about Black men and women that have power to influence public policy. Research shows that exploiting persistent racial stereotypes that marginalize Black Americans have real world consequences.
There is much more work to be done to bring about a significant cultural shift in the ways Black Americans are portrayed media. We applaud Sabrina Lamb for her contributions to this work. ColorOfChange will continue to address the broader cultural problems found in inaccurate and harmful media portrayals of Black Americans. Now, Oxygen Media has the responsibility to examine how this show was green lit and how it reflects the company’s underlying values.”