In case you haven’t heard the news, seems that all your petitions and prayers have worked. It was announced early this morning that the Oxygen Network has pulled the plug of Shawty Lo’s reality show, All My Babies’ Mamas.
The one-hour special, which was basically a pilot for a potential reality series, about the C-list Atlanta rapper and his 10 baby mamas and 11 children, all living in one big happy house, not surprisingly, became a source of a visceral controversy.
Although the network came to their show’s defense, claiming that “it was not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society”, most agreed that this was a crock of you-know-what, and criticized the show, saying that it was pandering to the worst in negative stereotypes, and resulted in various on-line petitions to get the show removed.
According to inside soruces, those petitions, and the never ending backlash against the show, worked, and now Mr. Lo will have to find some other means of income to feed his kids.
But here’s the thing, it was all just a big act anyway. Actually, I happen to have a lawyer friend who works in the Altanta/DeKalb D.A,’s. office, and who deals with child support and abuse cases. I asked her if she had ever heard of this guy.
She told me that a few cases had come across her desk involving Mr. Lo, for failure to pay child support. So, in other words, he’s not living with any of these women in this house, nor taking care of them. In fact, I doubt all of these women actually live in the same city or state for that matter.
Most likely, All My Babies’ Mamas was something all set up by the producers of the show, cooked up for your amusement. The house might not be even his, but was rented out by the producers of the show.
That’s the thing about reality shows. They’re fiction for the most part.
And then, of course, there is the bigger issue: What made Oxygen think that they could get away with a show like this in the first place? Perhaps giving the public what they want?