Some television reality series can often push the limits of what is perceived as reasonably tasteful and acceptable to a majority of viewers or a particular group of watchers.
When a show crosses the line for those audiences, viewers often express their displeasure by not tuning in, or, as in the case of Oxygen’s proposed reality show All My Babies’ Mamas, nearly 80,000 people sign online petitions against the special.
All My Babies’ Mamas, which reportedly showcased rapper Shawty Lo and his 11 children by 10 different women, initially drew backlash from author Sabrina Lamb, who felt the show reinforced very negative portrayals of African-American women. Lamb started a petition on Change.org this past December against Oxygen and the show, which garnered national attention and more than 37,000 signatures demanding that Oxygen never bring the show to air. Another 40,000 singatures were collected from civil rights group ColorofChange.org.
According to change.org, Oxygen relented, releasing a statement Tuesday: “As part of our development process, we have reviewed casting and decided not to move forward with the special. We will continue to develop compelling content that resonates with our young female viewers and drives the cultural conversation.”