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Oxygen cuts Shawty Lo's 'All My Babies' Mamas' after complaints

January 15, 2013|By Scott Collins
  • The rapper Shawty Lo (here in 2008) was to star in the Oxygen special "All My Babies' Mamas." The show will not air following protests.
The rapper Shawty Lo (here in 2008) was to star in the Oxygen special "All… (Matt Sayles / Associated…)

Oxygen has evidently decided rapper Shawty Lo's busy personal life isn't worth the grief.

The cable network confirmed Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on "All My Babies' Mamas," a controversial proposed special starring the flamboyant rapper, whose real name is Carlos Walker and who has 11 children by 10 different women.

“As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special," a network representative said in a statement. "We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation.”

"All My Babies' Mamas" caught flak from the start. The author Sabrina Lamb and the petition group Change.org started a campaign against the show, claiming it perpetuated stereotypes that demeaned black families. The NAACP had also called for the show to be pulled.

In a statement Tuesday, Lamb wrote: "I am pleased that Oxygen Media has heard the outrage of over 37,000 consumers and shareholders who said, 'enough is enough.' We will not support any network and advertiser which exploits the plight of children and targets young women with stereotypical, dangerous, unsafe messages." 

What do you think of Oxygen's decision?

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