Cancelled: show depicting father of 11 kids with 10 women


Oxygen Media offered no explanation for cancelling "All My Babies' Mamas," a reality show that the network was creating about a musician who has fathered 11 children with 10 different mothers. The network produces “Bad Girls”, among other shows. In a January 15 statement, Oxygen said that, "as part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special." Oxygen is a NBCUniversal cable network owned by Comcast.
“All My Babies’ Mamas” was to have featured Shawty Lo, also known as Carlos Walker, along with his children and their mothers. The production received a hostile reception, and one petition calling for a cancellation garnered more than 37,000 signatures. The Parents Television Council called the program's concept "grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive" and said it would contact advertisers of the show if it reached the air.
Apparently stung by the criticism, Oxygen had denied charges that “All My Babies’ Mamas” was intended to be "a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society." Instead, the network expected that it would reveal "the complicated lives of one man, his children's mamas and their army of children." In its January 15 statement,  Oxygen said it will "continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation."
Activist and former Republican congressional candidate Star Parker expressed satisfaction that the show was cancelled. Responding to Oxygen’s claim that it will develop programming that “drives the cultural conversation”, Parker said in a statement “But despite what the network claims, trivializing Carlos Walker's lifestyle as a form of entertainment does not drive a cultural conversation. Instead, it helps to normalize living without responsibility.”
Noting that the African-American community suffers under the burden of broken families, Parker said that out-of-wedlock briths among black Americans is now at 70 percent. “In the 1960s, out-of-wedlock births for blacks was 30 percent!”
An advocate for marriage and self-reliance, Parker spoke to the principles that drove critics of the program to push for its cancellation. “The destruction of the black family in only 40 years is not normal and it should not treated as entertainment for vulnerable children and young women. The consequences of living without responsibility perpetuates poverty and it's cruel. Marriage, and having children after marriage, is one of the essential ingredients to releasing Americans from a cycle of poverty. That's the conversation our country needs to have about our culture.”

Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.


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