All My Babies Mamas: A Sign That Television Has Lost Its Way
Just over a decade ago, the television and film industries saw a writers strike. Since this occurred it has forced the television industry into an alternative means of production quality, garnering ratings and cost-cutting measures (e.g.; not paying writers).
The cutting of cost has not been the only thing that we’ve seen.
We’ve seen an influx of daytime and nighttime programming that has become tasteless and immoral. Time slots that were once filled with mindless daytime dramas which served only one purpose besides selling soap to the last of the housewives in America also served to remind us that our own lives weren’t so bad.
At night, the reality show has become king.
Countless channels are flooded with this mind numbing and puerile form of entertainment that features the daily inequities of people who lack common sense. We watch, we laugh – but are none the richer for the experience at the end of it. It’s the worst of the guilty pleasures.
These shows take away from quality that taught us that good writing matters. Some of the best examples of good writing are when the dignity of a person was not sacrificed for the delivery of a punch line.
We’ve slipped even further than that, folks.
On December 26, 2012, one of the current leaders of schlock television, Oxygen Media, announced a shockingly disturbing preview for a television series that was said to be premiering in March.
All My Babies Mamas would be a reality show featuring Shawty Lo and his 11 children by ten different mothers. Not only is this an embarrassment to the children and their mothers but it should also be an embarrassment to the industry that Shawty Lo represents.
New York author and philanthropist, Sabrina Lamb, was furious to say the least when she saw the preview footage of the proposed new series which has been pulled from Oxygen’s website.Continued on the next page