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Oxygen Network’s upcoming reality tv series starring Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo and 10 of his children’s mothers, is probably going to have a difficult time acquiring advertisers. “All My Babies’ Mamas” is a show about Shawty Lo’s chaotic life dealing with 10 women who gave birth to his 11 children. Announcement of the show’s 2013 unscheduled debut hit the web and immediately sparked outrage amongst prominent figures in the African American community.
Esteemed scholar and finance expert Dr. Boyce Watkins asked: ”What the h*ll is wrong with Oxygen?” in an op-ed blasting the upcoming show. “Commercialized hip-hop’s steady formula of excessive drug/alcohol consumption, promotion of gun violence, financial irresponsibility and s*xual promiscuity does a great job of keeping us on the psychological plantation,” he said. Sabrina Lamb, of New York, drafted a petition calling for the cancellation of the show’s premiere. With the petition’s subtitle reading “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,” Lamb expresses concern for Shawty Lo’s 11 children stating: “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 s****l reward from Shawty-Lo, the apathetic ‘father’?”
It appears as if Lamb’s petition has acquired some steam, as more than 5,000 people have signed it and according to a poll conducted on TheUrbanDaily.com, 63% of their 2,453 poll respondents said they will not be tuning in to watch the show.