Comcast/NBCU’s basic cable channel Oxygen has a series in development about a rapper who is the father of 11 children, a feat accomplished with the critical assistance of ten different women. Parents Television Council has joined in the effort to derail the project.
The program is “All My Babies’ Mamas,” featuring Shawty Lo and his various relations
According to PTC, the effort was initiated by Change.org.
This is how Change.org described the program:
“As dysfunctional and violent as so-called reality shows are, could you ever imagine a one hour spectacle where 11 children are forced to witness their 10 unwed mothers clamor for financial support, emotional attention and sexual reward from Shawty-Lo, the apathetic ‘father’? Could you imagine that Oxygen Media, known for violent programming targeting young women with stereotypical images, would consider the embarrassment that these children will experience, being used as entertainment? Could you imagine that Oxygen Media, would use a slur against mothers, fathers and children and entitle this debacle, ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’? Cori Abraham, Oxygen Media, Senior Vice President of Development wrote in a press release: ‘…..over-the-top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about….leaving the man of the house to split his affection multiple ways while trying to create order… but sharing your man with several opinionated women is bound to create issues.’ Tragically, this day has come.”
PTC’s Tim Winter stated, “Every time we think that the television industry couldn’t stoop any lower, sadly one of the networks steps forward to prove us wrong. This new project in development at Oxygen is grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive, and we urge the network to cease any further work on it immediately.”
“We are asking our members to take action and let Oxygen know that this program would undermine children and families. If Oxygen moves forward with the program, we will be contacting every corporate sponsor that buys advertising time on the Oxygen network to hold them accountable as well.”
RBR-TVBR observation: We’ll be honest – this does not sound like our cup of tea. But at the same time, PTC doesn’t give Americans much credit. There are any number of reality programs that feature conversations with incredibly dysfunctional fellow citizens. Just because people watch these programs does not mean they adopt the guests as role models. We believe most people watch these types of programs for the train wreck value, not as a self-help primer or a validation of certain lifestyle options. It’s a look at behaviors that most of us recognize are to be avoided.
Personally, this writer has never particularly cared for these types of programs, so once again, we will refer PTC to our very effective strategy for avoiding them – changing the channel. And we will personally guarantee PTC that there is nothing on television – nothing – that is capable of undermining our family.