Shawty Lo Learns a New Lesson in Family Values

January 15th, 2013

(Photo: Chris McKay/Getty Images)

By Dan Reagans

Looks like the pen is still mightier than the sword. Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo is learning this lesson firsthand after reports were saying his controversial Oxygen network special All My Babies’ Mamas was canceled. Though Oxygen has since issued a statement declaring that the show is “still in development,” it is very clear that public pressure has certainly impacted plans for this show that was set to showcase an unconventional family structure. Could this mark the moment when consumers are starting to draw a line at where networks can go with content in reality shows?Best-selling author Sabrina Lamb, who started the petition against All My Babies’ Mamas and garnered nearly 40,000 signatures, raised some valid points about the negative perception and harmful exploitation of Lo’s 11 children, who she described as being the real victims.

“This show is about more than a rapper and his girlfriends. This is a show about kids who had no choice in how they came into the world. This show sets them up to be ridiculed and made fun of. None of us should be OK with that,” Lamb told the Daily Beast.

With bullying amongst teens at an all-time high, this was more than likely the grown-up thing to do, but it’s always sad to see such a ratchet and polarizing idea go down the drain. We all need a good and entertaining television show to gossip about at the barbershop or start hilarious email chains at work about, but not at the cost of innocent children. So while many critics are saying no to ratchet TV, let’s just praise sweet baby Jesus that VH1 can’t (and at least those participants are of legal consenting age).

If Lamb and those unhappy consumers who signed the petition are to get their way and All My Babies’ Mamas never sees the light of  day, this could embolden millions of others who want to see shows like Love and Hip Hop, Real Housewives of [insert your city of choice] and Basketball Wives fall by the wayside. It may not seem like much now, but the fight to stop Shawty Lo and his babies’ mamas from getting their shine could be a tipping point in the ongoing struggle to control what we see networks air on a nightly basis.

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