Update: An Oxygen spokes person released the following statement:
“As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special. We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation.” – Oxygen Spokesperson
To be clear Oxygen also states Babies’ Mama was a one hour special in development, NOT a series. The network also claims to have never had a deal with Shawty Lo. Shawty Lo and his family were considered for the show, but the production company was considering other families as well.
The online petition to keep Shawty Lo’s proposed reality show “All My Babies’ Mamas” off the air, apparently did the trick.
According to The Daily Beast, the petition – which so far has accrued nearly 40,000 signatures – and the public’s outrage in general to a reality show following Shawty Lo and his 10 baby mamas, has forced Oxygen to can the show. Sources say that the network will be making a formal announcement shortly.
Although the petition gathered more than 33,000 signatures in 10 days, Oxygen originally defended their position to proceed with the show, saying that “it was not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society.’’
However, Sabrina Lamb, the author of the petition, expressed happiness that so many people took offense. She said:
“I love that the people who’ve signed the petition are from all backgrounds, ages, and countries. This one elderly white man wrote me and said even he was tired of the stereotypical images of black people.
This show is about more than a rapper and his girlfriends. This is a show about kids who had no choice in how they came into the world. This show sets them up to be ridiculed and made fun of. None of us should be OK with that.’’
Well, it’s a wrap for that! Maybe now Shawty Lo can focus on making MUSIC once again…instead of making babies.