Representatives for Oxygen have all but ceased mentioning the show publicly and new reports say that the network has decided to officially pull the plug on its one-hour special, “All My Babies’ Mamas” starring rapper Shawty Lo, his 11 children and 10 babies’ mothers.
The report comes from Alison Samuels of the Daily Beast who writes, “Though the network denies it, Oxygen is expected to announce that ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ won’t ever see the light of day, according to my sources — and that’s a good thing.”
The cancelation comes on the heels of author Sabrina Lamb’s petition to have the show banned from the airwaves that has gotten 40,000 signatures to date. Public outcry about the show has been almost universal.
Lamb had also threatened to lead a boycott of any sponsors who put their money behind the idea.
“How could a network ever assume that a show about an African-American rapper with 11 kids by 10 women would be OK and not immediately deemed racist? How could it not see that it was offending, insulting, and mocking an entire segment of the African-American community?” Samuels writes.
The Parents Television Council also previously asked the network not to let the program on the air, calling it “grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive.”
Executives at the network had been backpedaling from the program since last week when they presented their spring lineup to television writers.
Oxygen, an NBCUniversal cable network owned by Comcast, brought its programming chief before television writers on Monday to tout new shows like “Fat Girl Revenge,” “Find Me My Man” and “Too Young to Marry?” The cable network aimed at young women made no mention of “All My Babies’ Mamas,” which was announced in a news release the day after Christmas.