There is no question that Reality TV can be fascinating. Over the past 15 years we’ve stuck our noses in the lives of people who seem to have it all but don’t realize it. We’ve followed the lives of has-been celebrities trying to revive their careers and we’ve witnessed unknown faces become household names literally overnight. We were fascinated to watch a reality that was so different than our own. It would sometimes make us appreciate the lives we had.
But over the years that fascination has become an addiction. Viewers today no longer care about the storyline of a reality show, they’re more interested in seeing the violent confrontations and/or the “unintentional” nudity that’s occasionally blurred across the screen. Whether it’s across the street, in our schools, on our jobs, and now on our television sets, we love to see people act a fool, and unfortunately, this addictive behavior has become a part of our culture. Well, congratulations addicts, we are all about to hit rock bottom.
Rumored for months and now confirmed by a studio executive, the Oxygen Network is producing the newest edition to the ratchet reality TV market, “All My Babies’ Mamas’”. This show centers around the day to day life of Atlanta based rapper Shawty Lo and his 10 (no typo) “baby mammas”. Thirty-six year old Shawty, who shares 11 children between these ladies, tries his best to keep his business in order while maintaining a relationship with his current girlfriend, 19-year old Ashlin (who happens to be the same age as his oldest children).
Senior VP of Development at Oxygen, Cori Abraham told the Urban Daily that AMBM will be “filled with outrageous and authentic over-the-top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about.” The network hopes to cash in on the popularity of other shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, but some media watch groups see this as another attempt to stereotype African-American women as sex-starved, money hungry and angry women (that wasn’t easy for me to say. Please forgive me). My question to you is…will you watch?
We hated to watch Flavor Flav slobber on beautiful women half his age, but we watched. We got mad at Tami from Basketball Wives for staring unnecessary fights and arguments, but we watched. We hated to see young black women on the Real World and Bad Girls Club portrayed as the crazy alcoholic, but we watched. So who’s to say that this new show that everyone claims to be offended by won’t be the next ratings bonanza? It’s just entertainment, right?
We’ve got to do better, but like all addictions, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can turn it around.
What do you think?