The Latest On Shawty Lo’s “All My Babies Mamas,” Plus MBB Fresh Links

Some 35,000 petition signatures and a week’s worth of negative press later, Oxygen is vowing to move forward with their plans to air the stupidly stereotypical, epically embarrassing one-hour special, All My Babies’ Mamas, featuring rapper Shawty Lo and his stable of 11 children and their 10 mothers. The network that was originally founded to uplift women, defended itself by insisting that the show, which featured a trailer showing a serial babymaker mumbling like an imbecile and referring to the mother of his children with derogatory names while his 19-year-old girlfriend picked his toes for the camera and plotted over how to divvy up his cash for 22 people,  simply isn’t stereotyping African-Americans.

“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,” the network told RadarOnline. “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.”

Translation: We checked with the one black guy in the mailroom and he didn’t say he was embarrassed by the toe-picking and tomfoolery that comes when one man leads an anti-condom crusade and procreates with half of Atlanta so, onward, bitches. Let’s get this money. You know they’ll be watching and tweeting about it any damn way.

In the meantime, Shawty Lo finally weighed in on the controversy surrounding his, ahem, lifestyle by telling MTV News that all 10 of the women who bore his children were after him for his drug dealer money. He seals the foolishness with this pearly, juicy, squashy goodness:

“You can hate all you want to, I didn’t ask for it. It just happened. Now that it happened, I’m supposed to turn my back against it?” Shawty Lo told MTV News about his 11 children and untraditional family structure. “If I wasn’t taking care of my kids then you would really dog me out, but I’m taking care of my kids, providing for my family. I don’t know what else to say.”

Wait, so 11 kids with 10 different women, “just happened?”

Dead Fish Eyes.

I absolutely can not. Hell, if you have any shred of decency about you, you will sign this “Cancel Shawty Lo’s All My Babies’ Mamas” petition, spearheaded by author Sabrina Lamb, which demands Oxygen and the show’s producers, Di Ga Vision, file All My Babies Mamas where they keep the trash, lest their advertisers be targeted. Clearly, Oxygen isn’t worried. But the Parenting Television Council thinks the network should be, and is vowing to have its 1.3 million members contact every corporate sponsor that buys advertising time on Oxygen network to hold them accountable if Oxygen moves forward with the program. Offers PTC President Tim Winter:

“Every time we think that the television industry couldn’t stoop any lower, sadly one of the networks steps forward to prove us wrong. This new project in development at Oxygen is grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive, and we urge the network to cease any further work on it immediately.”

Join with Sabrina, Tim, Change.org, ColorOfChange.org and 35,000 petitioners looking to hold Oxygen accountable for this foolishness. We can do this.

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And I know folk may be on Django Unchained overload, but with the movie getting several Oscar nods while facing off against some good ol’ fashioned Quentin Tarrantino controversy, I’ve come across some totally badass commentary from black thinkers I respect, including these:

  • 10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won’t Learn at ‘Django’ (Colorlines)
  • Broomhilda in Chains (EisaEulen.com) <– a woman’s take on the strength of shero slaves missing in Django

And other MyBrownBaby Fresh posts we spotted this week:

Scared Straight: A mom ponders the effects of her press ‘n curl on her daughter (BlackandGreenMama)

I Give Other People’s Children The Mom Look (Mommyish)

Frida Kahlo’s Closet is Opened After 58 Years (Univision) <– a dope exploration on the fashion, culture, ethnicity and identity of one of my fav artists.

Reflections on Roe v. Wade by a black nationalist, womanist-leaning, hip-hop-generation writer (Dissent)

Trying to Be the Perfect Wife and Mother Nearly Killed Me (Ebony.com)

With Children, When Does Religion Go Too Far? (New York Times)

Hospital Missed Single Mom’s Cancer Diagnosis, Now She Only Has 6 Months to Live (Clutch)

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Get': How to Fix the Gender Gap in Salary Negotiations (The Atlantic)

Flu Outbreak Spreads Across U.S. as Media Drops the Ball (Daily Beast)

And finally, remember The Fabulous McGhee Sextuplets in all their chocolatey goodness? They’ve got a new show on OWN, Oprah’s network, called 6 Little McGhees. GASP! How adorable? Check out a preview of the show here on Oprah.com, or watch the show, which airs on Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Have a fab weekend!

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.

One Comment

  1. Jacqueline Lewis

    How many times can I add my name to this pettion. Just pathetic.

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