The Oxygen Network has caved under public pressure and canceled the much-anticipated reality show based on prolific breeder Shawty Lo and his 11 kids by 10 moms.
Daily Beast’s Allison Samuels states that, according to her sources, Oxygen has canceled the show amidst public protests and online petitions.
Samuels wrote that Oxygen at first defended the show, saying “It was not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society.”
A Change.org petition that Lamb created reached more than 40,000 signatures from people demanding that the show not air.
“I love that the people who’ve signed the petition are from all backgrounds, ages, and countries,” writes Lamb. “This one elderly white man wrote me and said even he was tired of the stereotypical images of black people.”
She added: “My disdain for these shows really grew by leaps and bounds as minorities began to appear more and more in them. In an industry that’s never been overly interested in showcasing people of color or their lives, the notion that now we’d all of sudden become interesting just seemed too good to be true.”
“This show is about more than a rapper and his girlfriends,” Lamb writes. “This is a show about kids who had no choice in how they came into the world. This show sets them up to be ridiculed and made fun of. None of us should be OK with that.”
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