“Baby Mama” is a pseudo term of endearment that originated in an effort to describe the rising trend of unwed single young black women with children. It is neither endearing nor does it describe all single unwed women with children. The “baby mama” is normally associated with a more unusual situation otherwise, a man refers to her simply as “my child’s mother.”
The Oxygen channel is going to attempt to introduce the world to baby mamas through a show called “All My Babies’ Mamas”, which is already deplorable by it’s play on “All My Children.” The show is said to still be in production and set to air this spring. But fortunately, there may be trouble for the yet to be released reality show featuring rapper Shawty Lo and his 11 children with 10 different women, according to the Daily Mail.
It’s not clear why, but the 13-minute trailer for the show was pulled from YouTube. Maybe because a petition started at Change.org, by New York-based Sabrina Lamb, explained: ‘This is not just an attack on African-American parents and children….but all parents and children. In an interview with Essence, Lamb said:
“In the clip I saw, Lo couldn’t even remember the names of all of his 11 children. This is not funny to me. What’s funny about this?”
The petition has already been signed by 20,000 folks who also find no humor or value in the show. The Oxygen channel tried to dress up the purpose behind the show saying:
‘Oxygen’s one-hour special in development is not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross-section of society. It is a look at one unique family and their complicated, intertwined life… Oxygen Media’s diverse team of creative executives will continue developing the show with this point of view.’
Previous to this statement, they described the show in a press release saying:
“[The show] will capture the highs and lows of this extreme ‘blended family’ that is anything but ordinary, while also showing the drama and the passion behind life’s most unexpected situations.”
The original statement has the most truth in it because if they were promoting a show directed at Shawty Lo and his specific problems, they could’ve called it “The Lo Life” or “Me and my Shawtys”. When TLC featured the life of Jon and Kate Gosselin, they called the show “Jon and Kate Plus 8”. Sounds reasonable, right? The “Baby Mamas” moniker is clearly meant to put the looking glass on a specific demographic and Shawty Lo is the poster child for the building of that stereotype.
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