Shawty Lo, His Baby Mamas And Who We Should Really Be Mad At
3 months ago
Plenty of finger-pointing about this reality idea, but is it in the right direction?
When you think about it, there might be more black family representation on television than we realize. But still, the number of Shawty Lo's "baby mamas" and kids still outnumber those shows. The harsher reality is that when and if "All My Babies' Mamas" hits the air, its viewership is probably going to trump that of all of those too.
Let it be known that 2012 was the year of "ratchet s**t." Nobody had a problem yelling "all I want for my birthday is a big booty h*" in the club. Everybody knows exactly what a "Stevie J face" is too. Hell, one of the biggest songs in rap this year was one called "I Do It For The Ratchets." So it's only right that news of "All My Babies' Mamas" caps off the year.
On social media, people have been directing most of their anger at the Oxygen network and Shawty Lo himself. Granted, it has not been confirmed that the show will air, but if it is true, what are folks really upset about? Oxygen is only doing its job. Reality shows like the ones it airs are its biggest winners. Same goes for "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" on Bravo, and the "Love and Hip Hop of Basketball Wives" conundrum Vh1 has been showing for years. The team who created MTV's "Teen Mom" are reportedly the executive directors for the show. Oxygen is selling to whoever is buying.
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As for Lo? Well, the guy's biggest hit is a song called "Foolish" but beyond that, his work was done before this pilot even existed. Eleven kids by 10 different women? We still don't have words for that. Maybe creating this show is his trying to find a way to better provide for them. In the trailer, none of the "baby mamas" talked too slick about Lo or said that he was a terrible father. Their only gripe was that one of the picks of the litter got to go to private school. None of them seemed to have a problem with Lo himself, but instead, problems with each other.
Which brings us to who people should really be mad at, and if anyone, it's the "baby mamas." Sure, say what you want about Shawty Lo being promiscuous. Call him a dog, whatever. But it takes two (multiplied by five) to tango. Lo is a known attention hound who always finds his way in front of the right camera at the right time, but he can't make a show called "All My Babies' Mamas" without the babies' mamas' full participation. Hell, he can't become a "baby daddy" without their cooperation either.
On Friday, soon after the trailer leaked, an online petition began circulating, demanding that the plug be pulled on the show before it even airs. Obviously, "pulling" hasn't worked very well for anybody involved in this show so far, so a petition isn't going to do much to help either.
At this point, the only feasible thing that anybody who disapproves of this show can do is to keep their young daughters away from Shawty Lo.
Just for kicks, we wanted to share this photo of Shawty Lo at an event sponsored by Trojan condoms' Magnum brand a couple of years ago.
Guess we know who didn't take any samples home.