Baby Mama Drama as Entertainment

I have to be honest. I don’t care for today’s so-called reality TV shows, especially those who continue to see black pathology as big bucks. Call me a hater if you want, but I don’t have to like that shit. I know that what it’s really about. That’s why I don’t watch it. And yet, there seems to be a never-ending craving of these types of shows.

Case in point. The Oxygen network is producing another reality show. Get a load of this. It’s called All My Babies Mamas starring rapper Shawty Lo, his babies mamas and their children. Already, you’re probably thinking that someone took a page from Maury Povich’s book on how to exploit poor black baby mothers and fathers for some cheap laughs and huge ratings. Then again, black pathology has always been seen as a cash cow by the white male media plantation and their slaves.

Colorlines’ Jamilah King reports that there is a petition started to keep the show from seeing the light of day:

An online petition started by Change.org has gathered close to 4,000 signatures. According to Sabrina Lamb, the petition’s author, the effort’s focus is clear: “By pushing these degrading images, your company seeks to profit from the humiliation of girls and women and the blatant stereotyping of African-Americans,” Lamb writes in the petition.

“We think Oxygen and the show’s creators and producers have gone too far and if this show is aired, we will, without hesitation, boycott any and all companies that advertise during this minstrel show.”

Nick Chiles over at MyBrownBaby weighs in on what this show is about and who’s behind it:

The show will feature the real-life dramas of the rapper and his 10 baby mamas and their 11 children, all thrown together in a festering stew of ratchetness. Each baby mama is even given a descriptive name—such as E’Creia, 29, “First Lady Baby Mama,” who handles Shawty Lo’s finances and who was actually engaged to him at one point after he already had three children; Angela, 32, the “Fighter Baby Mama”; Amanda, 34, the “Jealous Baby Mama; Serena the “Shady Baby Mama; and Liana aka Pebbles “Baby mama from hell.”

This is the way the show was described in a press release last week by the Oxygen Media Senior Vice President of Development, Cori Abraham, who clearly had some role in green-lighting the show.

“Oxygen will give fans an intimate look at unconventional families with larger than life personalities and real emotional stakes,” says Abraham. “’All My Babies’ Mamas’ will be filled with outrageous and authentic over-the-top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about.”

And the press release proudly announced that “All My Babies’ Mamas” was brought to Oxygen by Executive Producers Liz Gateley and Tony DiSanto, and will be produced by their company, DiGa Vision.

But as much as we condemn shows like this, and we have every right too, we can not ignore that we took part in the creation of such sagas in our own communities. Even though such families are created by a white patriarchal system that enforces economic and mental oppression, we can not deny that the community helped in creating the very thing many of us abhor against. Mr. Chiles weighs in on this eloquently:

As a community, we let Shawty Lo happen.

Where were the older men to pull Mr. Lo aside and counsel him about the irresponsibility of his actions, maybe after baby number three? To make him understand the difficulties he was setting up for all those children—and himself—by his wanton sperm?

Where were the older women to counsel all those baby mamas? To start warning them after he had impregnated maybe three or four that there wasn’t much of a future with a modestly talented rapper whose career hadn’t ever really popped? That any children of theirs deserved more?

But clearly the community never stepped up. Nobody told Shawty about the existence of condoms. None of those words ever made their way to the right ears.

We all failed those children.

It’s no denying the fact that this society’s media, for many years, have shrunk the physical and psychological effects of economic hardships and racial oppression into spectacles that support the personal responsibility trope. As such, we are constantly fooled into believing in such myths that the victims are their own problem, not that of the larger society.  It seems that this show is another cog in the machine, a cog that is ready to be installed by this spring if this petition doesn’t get through.

The petition is found here at Change.org.

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24 thoughts on “Baby Mama Drama as Entertainment

  1. Brotha Wolf on December 28th. I mentioned this buffonery in the post Content and Such. There is a petition on change.org to have this mess banned. This I will not support.

  2. I agree with every word that you have stated. Yes. Black women and some Black men are being exploited by stereotypes. yet the media and Hollywood portray Whites as loving, caring, people that are educated, financially secured and family stabled. Society has been conditioned to believe that Whites are economically, and emotionally superior than any other race. I fault Black men and women as parents. we have failed. Black men are weak today. they are not the providers and leaders in the home… this causes black women to struggle- to become the mother and father and work 2 jobs to support children as a single parent. men are the leaders of their sons. behavior is taught and learned through the moral behaviors of the mother and father. girls learn how to behave as a young lady/woman by their mothers. if mom is at the bar and men are in and out of the home like a revolving door and babies all over the place… well most of the time girls become their mothers. we help exploit ourselves by foolish choices and actions we partake in. whites can’t exploit what isn’t there. we also exploit each other. black men exploit black women with insults regarding our hair, personality and how we look. every women is different. it’s about what you look for. I’m a black woman. I’m educated, shy, and quiet. I never drink, never atten bars, clubs, never smoke. I’m not loud, abusive . My hair is long and it isn’t weave… my point when a white man or woman see me… they see stereotype. why? because everyday we a black woman is stereotyped by black men that use excuses to date white women. instead of saying that is what he prefers. personally i like white men. but i will never degrade a black man. men are men…period.

    1. Okay, and you don’t believe that white men take part in continuing the stereotyping of black women? Black men in large part do not control the images of black people in the media, but some do take part in it and some believe it. They even believe in the stereotypes about themselves mostly because there hardly any other images out there of them.

  3. One last thought on this foolishnes.10 baby mama’s 11 kids 1 idiot behind it all. And i am not here for any of it. This truly a shaking my head moment.

  4. Ye gawds… *rubs temples*

    I signed the petition, for all of the good it will do…I mean hell, if people weren’t watching this sort of dreck and tripe, the shows wouldn’t be made. Catering to the lowest common denominator has passed as ‘entertainment’ for far too long. People like Snooki, the Kar-trash-ians, Shawty Lo and Honey Boo Boo are called ‘celebrities’, but the slide into the gutter started well before they came on the scene. Why is shite and gutter-trash popular? When did it become fashionable to be as low-class in actions and behaviour as possible? Digging through the layers of that quagmire is a herculean task.

    1. It is because people of today’s society want to feel better about themselves. They want to see people more fucked up than themselves and this is the solution. It started with Jerry Springer (and I remember when his show was actually respectable) and once his show became popular, others soon followed. What ever happened to quality television? I still to this day watch TV shows that were on before I was even thought of in my parents’ minds.

      1. Is there any coincidence that almost all of the media is owned by a handful of white men, and soon after they brought as much media as they can, programming because less and less complex and entertaining?

  5. A show like this could never be if there weren’t shows like Flavor of Love,Love and Hip Hop,Housewives of Atlanta,The Kardashians,Basketball Wives,Charm School,The Bachelor,Survivor,Housewives of Beverly Hills,Housewives of Orange County etc. The writing in Hollywood sucks and has been getting worse over the last ten years or so. So they bar has gotten lower and lower. The first “reality” show I believe was Cops. Then MTV came out with The Real World back in 1992. But this Baby Mama show is a new LOW. This makes black people look like irresponsible animals. Which I guess is the point. These mostly white tv executives know exactly what they’re doing by showing the world the worst behavior of black people. But what a lot of people don’t know is that these so called reality shows have “soft scripts”. What you’re looking at is far from reality. We need to get out of this Matrix! ASAP!

    1. Thanks to media consolidation where media companies are given more freedoms to take over as much media as possible, the fact that there is racial nepotism within corporations and the prevalence of whiteness, it’s no wonder why most entertainment has been made by whites for whites. We need to call it what it is.

    2. I’m going to have to strongly disagree with you Prince. This isn’t any diffrent than white men who are polygamists yet call their multiple baby mommas ‘sister wives’. The only diffrence is that it’s glamorized when it’s white males and it’s looked down on when it’s black men. There are many and I do mean MANY white male celebrities with babies out of wedlock from various women. The name Rod Stewart comes to mind but because he is rich,white successful and has a history of popularity it’s seen as something diffrent.

      1. I see you point. It is the same in many ways. But of course,you and I both know that the show will highlight the most ignorant “ghetto behavior” on the Baby Mama show. You’re right about their “sister wives”. But you know that when it deals with US it is never seen in the same light. That’s the point I’m making. As a side note,it’s funny you mentioned Rod Stewart. I actually met him in at a fair about ten years ago. And he was pushing his daughter in a stroller. He had two big bodyguards walking behind him. But you know what?? I didn’t see his “baby mama” anywhere in sight! Go figure!lol

      2. With names like Honey Boo and Shawty Lo(what the fuck is a ‘Shawty?), the initial clues not to watch these shows were there from the get go!

  6. Brotha Wolf, that’s what is part of the problem the white men that are running this media monster. They aid white supremacy. I’m so glad to have you and the Negress, and Ankhesien, and Abagond to help me connect the dots. Along with all the commentors who are on these blogs. For years I’m sitting watching television and wondering why are all the black people on television acting crazy? It makes so much sense now. They are like the beast in mythology, cut off the head and it grows another one. These awful shows are here as long as black people watch them. They appeal to the lowest common denominator it’s very true. I hope one day we can kill the beast that is reality television .

    1. I hope the best will die as well, but it won’t be easy. However, one of the beasts is in hot water right now. Rupert Murdoch (News Corp.) is in the middle of a scandal, but I don’t know if it will have a significant impact to harm his empire.

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