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'Babies' Mamas' Show Protest: New Oxygen Network Reality Special May Be Cancelled Before Airing.

A new reality-TV special being developed for the Oxygen Network featuring Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo and his 11 children with 10 different women is being protested for cancelation even before it airs.

The special, called "All My Babies' Mamas" garnered media attention after pre-production clips were leaked to YouTube, which portrayed Shawty Lo referring to the mothers of his children with nicknames like Jealous Baby Mama, Baby Mama from Hell, and Shady Baby Mama, according to (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/babies-mamas-reality-show-sparks-protest-141340113--abc-news-music.html) ABC News .

The show also portrays the strife between his multifaceted family and his 19-year-old girlfriend.

Several organizations have urged for the show to not be but on the air, including Change.org, where there is a petition circling that has already acquired more than 30,000 signatures.

The petition calls the show an "attack not just on African-American parents and children but all parents and children."

The Parents Television Council is also involved and has stated that if Oxygen continues with the program, it will contact the network's corporate sponsors and also hold them accountable.

Oxygen has spoken out about the controversy and insists that the leaked video was from a third party and contains footage that won't be used in the special.

The network also told ABC News that there is currently no air date for the special and that it is still in the process of being casted.

"Oxygen's one-hour special in development is not meant to be a stereotypical representation of everyday life for any one demographic or cross section of society," Oxygen told ABC News.

"It is a look at one unique family and their complicated, intertwined life. Oxygen Media's diverse team of creative executives will continue developing the show with this point of view."

Upon announcement of the special two weeks ago, the network described "All My Babies' Mamas" as an "intimate look at unconventional families with larger than life personalities and real emotional stakes," in a press release.
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