By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Rapper Shawty Lo has had a crazy few weeks after a clip of his once upcoming reality show hit the internet. The reality show, tentatively title All My Babies’ Mamas was supposed to focus on the life of the rapper that involves 10 baby mamas, 11 kids, and a 19-year-old girlfriend. The trailer for the show immediately caused controversy, as many people in the black community were outraged that Oxygen Network would put out a show that seemed to resemble so many stereotypes associated with African Americans. Immediately after the trailer went viral and Oxygen confirmed that the show would premiere this spring, a petition was created to stop the show from airing.
Although Oxygen initially stood by the show, after the petition amassed over 30,000 signatures and advertisers began to back away from the project, Oxygen decided to pull the plug on the production of the show.
Since the cancellation was confirmed by the network, Shawty Lo’s friends have started their own petition to get the show back and it’s clear that the rapper is doing whatever it takes now to make sure the show will see the light of day. However, at the moment, Oxygen is not budging from its decision to cancel the series.
In a recent interview with Atlanta radio station Hot 107.9, the rapper spoke out about his cancelled show and why he feels that the show was boycotted unfairly.
“I feel like they didn’t really give the show a chance to air to see what was going on. She [the creator of the petition] made her assumptions off of a trailer. Basically, my life story wasn’t peaches and cream. Coming up was so, so hard for me.
“My mama was on drugs. My daddy was elsewhere. My grandmama raised me and she died from cancer when I was 17. So I was out there in the streets, I don’t like to brag but I came to be like one of the biggest drug dealers in the Bankhead area. And you know with money, came women, came children.
“As time moved on, I woke up, I ain’t got a child in eleven years. What I’m basically doing is telling my story and showing how Shawty Lo turned a negative into a positive.
“The show wasn’t about we bout to fighting, this going on. A lot of fathers don’t even take care of one child, don’t even be there for one chid. But me, I be there with my children, I’m hands on. My kids love their father.”
Shawty Lo also admits that he didn’t want to have 10 baby mamas, and he does understand why some people assumed the show would be negative. However, he feels people should have given the show a chance before they formed their opinions:
“I understand, they have a right to think that. But at least give the show a chance.
“They making they assumptions off of a 13 minute trailer.”
Watch the interview below: