Shawty Lo’s Reality TV Show Triggers Black Shaming
By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
January 2, 2012
Before a date had been set for launch, Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo’s future reality show, All My Babies’ Mamas, has already garnered an avalanche of protest. The show to be aired on Oxygen is exactly what the title sounds like, a reality program to depict “the complicated lives of one man, his children’s mamas, and their army of children.” Its premise was lambasted in a petition decrying that “which demeans black children, girls/women and stereotypes black men.”
The petition started on Change.org criticizes the network for pushing degrading images for “profit from the humiliation of girls and women and the blatant stereotyping of African-Americans,” and urges viewers to boycott the “minstrel show,” which bills 10 mothers, 11 children, and the rapper’s 19-year-old girlfriend, replete with monikers common to portrayals of black ghetto stereotypes.
Clutch Magazine, however, encourages the outraged to “stop owning the idea of black dysfunction” or that the portrayal of a small group of individuals or a single-parent family represents the whole community.
Shawty Lo is the founder of D4L Records, signed to G-Unit in 2011. All My Babies’ Mamas was announced to air sometime in the Spring.
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