I am so sickened and disgusted by what has been up in the air the past couple of days, I think my fingers have a mind of their own right now. I heard about this disgusting display from somewhere a couple of days ago, but thanks to the Twittersphere, this nightmare has been confirmed. Shawty Lo, a rapper from Atlanta who has 1 maybe 2 hits to my knowledge has signed a contract deal with the Oxygen Network to expose just how classy he is, called 'All My Babies' Mamas'. This is not the first "reality" show to show people in a negative light, especially not black people and I cannot for the life of me understand why. Why would anyone want to invite a television crew into their lives to show the world just how pitiful you can be. I say can be, because I absolutely refuse to believe that these people would act like this if there was not a camera in their face 24/7. I personally do not watch "reality" shows, but unfortunately I cannot escape the advertisements and weekly wrap up conversations by co-workers or friends, facebook, or what have you. The commercials that they show on TV for this garbage is sad enough, displays of women screaming at each other for no other reason than to get attention, women being openly loose to garner attention, women so drunk that they can barely walk down the street while clutching at their barely there clothes....
Please do not misunderstand that I can appreciate that whatever people do in the privacy of their own homes within their own lives is their business and it is not my right to judge anyone regarding their actions, as I am far from perfect myself. But it is quite a different story when one chooses to display their behaviors on national TV, then it is open play, all bets are off. How can we get upset with rappers and music videos when women themselves are parading themselves around in this fashion? How do we begin to teach our daughters about class, being a real woman, respect, the list goes on and on. It is especially damning when it is the ultimate low, the minstrel show to end all minstrel shows... a man with little to no success in life whatsoever, creating almost a dozen children with different women, and then there are the actual "baby mamas" who keep indulging these men by continuing to pro create with them?
What is going on in the black community? Why is this ok with people? It is truly disgusting and stomach wrenching to know that this is being publicized. I am shocked that this is on Oxygen and not BET, MTV, or VH1, considering those are the biggest contributors to the modern minstrel show. What's funny is that while reading this story at: Newsone, there is a slideshow on the page and in the last box, there is a graphic of a fight starting to escalate on a couch, with the caption: 10 Best Ratchet Reality TV Moments of 2012. I suppose the site gives some responsible information while never neglecting what will really capture most of our society's attention. Puppet masters like Oxygen, BET, etc, are the reason why I will be starting a foundation, we cannot afford to lose our young women to the entertainment industry.
The chains must be broken and we must make a conscience decision that no matter how horribly we are represented by the media, we will overcome them and prove that we are above the labeling of Hollywood. We cannot allow multi-million dollar companies to look down on our youth and make decisions for them, under the assumption that they are too stupid to understand how they are being manipulated. It has begun though, as the Newsone site shows, petitions have been formed regarding this isolated grossness (how sad that it has to come to that), but there is still so much work to be done. As disgusting as this whole one situation is, I refuse to let it damper my spirits or doubt what I know to be true, which is that our youth are not lost, they are more capable than what they are given credit for. We have to be more diligent as a whole and I can't wait to begin, so do your worst Hollydud...we will win in the end.