Protest over proposed show on prolific rapper
PASADENA, California (AP) ― Oxygen television executives weren’t talking Monday as negative attention grew about “All My Babies’ Mamas,’’ its proposed program featuring a musician who has fathered 11 children with ten different mothers.
The Parents Television Council on Monday asked the network not to let the program on the air, calling it “grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive.’’ The group’s move comes on the heels of a New York writer, Sabrina Lamb’s petition drive against show. Lamb said the petition, listed on change.org, has more than 20,000 signatures.
Oxygen, an NBCUniversal cable network owned by Comcast, brought its programming chief before television writers on Monday to tout new shows like “Fat Girl Revenge,’’ “Find Me My Man’’ and “Too Young to Marry?’’ The cable network aimed at young women made no mention of “All My Babies’ Mamas,’’ which was announced in a news release the day after Christmas.
It was described as a one-hour special to air this spring “revealing the complicated lives of one man, his children’s mamas and their army of children.’’
Three days later, New York author Sabrina Lamb received an email from a friend with a link to the program. She said it featured Atlanta rap artist Shawty Lo, his children and their mothers. In one part of the program, the father is asked if he can name his children, which he is able to do, she said.
“When I saw it, my blood curdled,’’ said Lamb, author of “Do I Look Like an ATM? A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children.’’