Over 37,000 signatures were received via Color of Change to halt the airing of Oxygen Networks new reality show, “All my babies mama’s”.
Thank Heavens; just the title alone is insulting. In an age where the majority of cultural depiction relies on media, being black AND being labeled a “baby mama” is all too familiar. How many television shows have to be written and produced to get this point across? Why do we seem to glorify this image? If we keep allowing negative portrayals of minorities into our living rooms and newsstands, the way society depicts these classes will never change.
Although I am “a baby mama” myself, I’ve never been proud of that societal title. I would never exploit this fact to my children, let alone others and encourage the same behavior. While there is nothing wrong with single parenthood, it seems to be an expectation in the black community and is sometimes even celebrated. The benefit of children having a healthy, two parent household far outweighs the struggle of raising them alone.
When major TV networks produce shows such as “All my babies mama’s” they have to factor in their audience and the message being spread. In no way would this show have been positive for a young or even adult audience. Spotlighting a rapper with eleven children by ten different mothers, to none of which he is married, does nothing for the black community except exploit it even further and solidify negative depictions other races have of it.
Oxygen network released this statement saying it will “continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation.”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/01/15/oxygen-pulls-plug-on-all-my-babies-mamas/?intcmp=obinsite#ixzz2IFWvllfU
- Oxygen pulls plug on ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ (foxnews.com)
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- Hate It Or Love It?!? Oxygen Cancels Shawty Lo’s Baby Mamas Reality Show Due To Backlash From Black Community (bossip.com)
- Rush Limbaugh Defends Shawty Lo’s All My Babies Mamas Reality Show (hiphopwired.com)