Stop The Madness: We Don’t Need This Reality Show
December 28, 2012
By Gary A. Johnson, Black Men In America.com
We debated whether or not we should even publish this post about the Oxygen TV network reality show “All My Babies Mamas.” We finally decided that we had to get the word out and let people decide for themselves. As the Publisher of this online enterprise, I see no redeeming value in this show. I see it being full of ignorance and exploitation.
For those who haven’t heard, the Oxygen television network is working on a new one-hour special, “All My Babies’ Mamas.” The series, created by Liz Gateley and Tony DiSanto, will show the complicated lives (headaches and drama) of rapper Atlanta rapper Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker, the ten mothers of his children and their 11 kids. Did I mention that Shawty Lo has a new girlfriend who is the same age as his oldest daughter?
Talk about a family affair.
“Oxygen will give fans an intimate look at unconventional families with larger than life personalities and real emotional stakes,” says Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President of Development, Oxygen Media. “’All My Babies’ Mamas’ will be filled with outrageous and authentic over-the-top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about.”
That description alone makes me think that this show is going to be a “WTF circus.” It’s hard to believe that anything good can come from this. “When you know better, you do better.” Is that old saying still true?
Oxygen is not releasing a lot of information about the show so it’s hard to be objective in our criticism of the show. However, based on what we saw in the trailer we don’t think we’re off base describing the show as dysfunctional and ignorant. By the way, that official trailer is hard to find. Hmmmmm. A search of the Oxygen network site reflects that all references to the show have been removed. The show does not come up on the search page on their web site.
If you find a link to the trailer and watch it we would love to know about your reaction.
My concern is for the children. Honestly, I really am concerned for the actual welfare and emotional stability of the children being raised in this environment by parents who appear “not to know what they don’t know.” If you really stretch your thinking, and I mean stretch your thinking, the only potential good thing from a show like this is that Shawty Lo may earn enough money to pay his child support and provide any counseling these kids may need to grow up as an emotionally stable and productive citizen.
My good friend social activist and best-selling author Sabrina Lamb has organized a petition to boycott this show and make sure it never hits the airwaves. You can review and sign the petition by clicking here.
Will you watch the show? Will you sign the petition? Do you have any problems with a show like this?
Tell us what you think.
Gary A. Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In America.com a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In America.com Blog. Gary is also the author of the book “25 Things That Really Matter In Life.”