Reality Show Accused of Racism THR
A cable reality series has come under fire with accusations of racism, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed. The Oxygen reality show "All My Babies’ Mamas," about rapper Shawty Lo and his 11 children by 10 women, is being accused of racism by the civil rights group ColorOfChange.org, the story reports.
The group says "All My Babies’ Mamas" perpetuates negative stereotypes about African American families. The organization has started an online petition to convince the program's advertisers to pull their support for the show and to get Oxygen to cancel it.
The petition alleges that the show, which has yet to premiere, promotes "inaccurate, dehumanizing and harmful perceptions of black families for the sake of ratings and advertising dollars."
It adds: "When Oprah Winfrey and former Nickelodeon executive Geraldine Laybourne launched the Oxygen cable network in 2000, the company aspired to be a strong advocate for women. But since its purchase by NBCUniversal in 2007, Oxygen has steadily increased its stable of cheaply produced reality television programming that exploits women, children and now Shawty Lo's ‘unconventional’ family."
Oxygen said the show won't promote negative stereotypes, but is a "look at one unique family." The network said that the show hasn't been shot yet and the cast hasn't been finalized, according to the report.