Stop The Madness: We Don’t Need This Reality Show

December 28, 2012

By Gary A. Johnson, Black Men In

Shawty Lo

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.

Shawty Low

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 a popular online magazine on the Internet and the Black Men In Blog. Gary is also the author of the book “25 Things That Really Matter In Life.” 


4 Responses to “Stop The Madness: We Don’t Need This Reality Show”

  1. It’s the same exploitation, the “Stepin Fetchit”cloaked in modern day. This will only change when we change our mind-set, or at least those who profess to be the savviest take action, beyond an individual gain. Such is ironic, because you can gain personally and corporately at the same time. Today they call it “Impact Investing”!

    An “Our” Treasure-trove= unexercised economic power to the tune of a Trillion Dollars Plus a year stands hidden from us in front of our eyes, “That’s a Paradox”. And we are lured into believing what we need is not what everyone else is feeding off…us, but in the distance. I call this “The Great Subterfuge”.

    It is not only important for Black America to create our own networks, which is among our many needs in industry; we must be the primary shareholders. Then we can bring about the types of programming the majority of us imagine seeing, and even those that do not know, because in there minds what they imagine cannot be related to their own people, because it has never been before, thereby nothing to compare, will embrace.

    In short, ownership by way of building and acquiring, thus giving us the ability to create, produce, serve, feed, procure, and groom, ourselves independent of any outside participants is the only answer. We must peel back the top layers of industry = “The Decepticon”, to see where the power of influence really resides. Everything else is an exercise in whistling at the wind.

  2. Jeff the Interpreter Says:

    Oxygen: a chemical element with the symbol O and atomic number 8. Name is derived from the Greek roots oxys or acid, literally means sharp or referring to the sour taste of acids and gonos, literally means producer or begetter because at the time of naming it was mistakenly thought that all acids required oxygen in their composition. At standard temperature and pressure two atoms of the element bind to form dioxygen, a colorless, ordorless, tasteless diatomic gas with the formula O2. necessary to sustain life. 

    Yet the Oxygen channel has decided that sponsoring this tasteless, ordorless, colorless gaseous program would somehow sustain life.  It is more like an acidic composition of todays voyeuristic craving for all things dysfunctional. Oxygen was once owned by Oprah Winfrey along other prominent producer before being sold in 2007. One of the current program is “Dance Your Ass Off, a dance/weight loss program for overweight contestants.     I will take more than a petition to cancel such filth.  All these programs exist through sponsorship and cable subscriptions.  There in lies the opportunity to make an impact.  Maybe we can call in Tavis and Cornell, they ain’t doing a damn thing right now.

  3. Enough is enough…. The whole world laughs at us when we get involved in these minstrel shows… Let’s pull our pants low, and show our shorts… that should make us look funny… Hey, let’s call ourselves “Niggas” instead of “Niggers”.. That should soften things up a little and draw some attention to ourselves… Hey, why don’t we invent another foolish looking “pointy headed hair cut” for the world to laugh at. Our conks and gerri curls of the old days weren’t funny enough. Why don’t we start up a minstrel show in church too.. The pimp in the pulpit with his colorful zoot suit, watching the “White Faced” Mime Praise Dancers.. In some cases, the praise dancers might be the offsprings of the pimp in the pulpit.. After all, it’s a good way to get some members in his church..(Don’t get it twisted, I didn’t mean all the preachers. You know who you are) Hey why don’t we make our women look foolish on TV… We can put them in scantily fitting attire, emphasize their large behind, put some bling wearing pimp with them, (they can borrow a suit from the pimp in the pulpit), and sell that crap on TV too… So….. This is another way to exploit ourselves some more… Show the world how immoral we are… I would imagine someone will look at that show and say, “That’s how blacks do it…Start a show depicting some stupid negro, who donated his sperm to multiple stupid negro women, to produce multiple children… Let the world think, that we all do this kind of madness. Let the world think we’re all immoral… Let the world laugh at us some more… We haven’t entertained them enough yet.. Right! Enough is enough.

  4. I’m just mad they got this idiot in the middle of the picture looking like some kind of ignorant super hero. These poor smiling children are totally oblivious to the festering ignorance they’ve been subjected to. Poor babies. I see nothing but the continuation of this nonsense for one more generation; his sons thinking their masculinity and manhood are proven by the ability to produce children, his daughters wearing the title ‘Baby Mama’ as if it’s a badge of honor. And that poor, misguided 19 year old girlfriend this extra grown @ss ‘man’ has who claims she is in love with and crazy about this sperm cannon….where the heck is HER daddy???? She needs to be in love with a book!!! This is sad, sad, SAD!

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