Oxygen Show on Rapper's 10 Baby Mamas Rankles Critics

But Shawty Lo defends his life to MTV

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 9, 2013 3:25 PM CST
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(Newser) – Move over Honey Boo Boo, a new reality show is coming along to rile up critics. Oxygen is developing one called All My Babies' Mamas, featuring rapper Shawty Lo along with the 10 women with whom he has fathered kids, and, of course, the 11 kids themselves. The Parents Television Council is already threatening advertiser boycotts, and black author Sabrina Lamb has a petition on Change.org calling for its cancellation, reports Fox News. The show has yet to air.

  • Lamb: Oxygen "is saying to these young women, it's OK to have unprotected sex, it's OK to be a 'babies’ mama,' and the other baby mama is your enemy,” she tells S2Smagazine. “You can’t exploit these innocent children and then tell your viewers to tweet and gossip about them. It offers really dangerous stereotypes about us.”
  • Rapper Lo: "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?" he tells MTV News. "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."
  • Oxygen spokeswoman: It's "not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society. It is a look at one unique family and their complicated, intertwined life."

Hip-hop artist Shawty Lo in 2008.
Hip-hop artist Shawty Lo in 2008.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Shawty Lo accepts the Rookie of the Year award during the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2008.
Shawty Lo accepts the Rookie of the Year award during the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2008.   (AP Photo/John Amis)
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