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Reality TV: Life in the Gutter?

How low has society gone? On the news today is the story of a new reality show featuring an Atlanta rapper who has 11 children with 10 mothers. It’s called, “All My Babies’ Mamas.” Ugh.

Multichannel: The Parents Television Council asked the network not to let the program on the air, calling it “grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive.”

Some people are taking offense at the message this is sending to their children. Author Sabrina Lamb organized a petition to stop this show (which you can sign at Change.org).

Lamb: As dysfunctional and violent as so-called reality shows are, could you ever imagine a one hour spectacle where 11 children are forced to witness their 10 unwed mothers clamor for financial support, emotional attention and sexual reward from Shawty-Lo, the apathetic ‘father’?

Could you imagine that Oxygen Media, known for violent programming targeting young women with stereotypical images, would consider the embarrassment that these children will experience, being used as entertainment?

Could you imagine that Oxygen Media, would use a slur against mothers, fathers and children and entitle this debacle, “All My Babies’ Mamas”? Cori Abraham, Oxygen Media, Senior Vice President of Development wrote in a press release: “…..over-the-top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about….leaving the man of the house to split his affection multiple ways while trying to create order… but sharing your man with several opinionated women is bound to create issues.”

Tragically, this day has come.

It appears the trailer for the show has been removed but you can still see part of it here from LovelyTi’s website along with her commentary. (The reality show clip begins at about 1 minute.):

There is no doubt that if this show does air young people will watch it and will see this as a lifestyle to emulate.

S2Magazine quoting Lamb: Sabrina said she thinks reality TV has created a dangerous precedent and is sending the wrong message, especially to young, impressionable females.

“[Oxygen] is saying to these young women, it’s okay to have unprotected sex, it’s okay to be a ‘babies’ mama’ and the other baby mama is your enemy,” she said. “You can’t exploit these innocent children and then tell your viewers to tweet and gossip about them. It offers really dangerous stereotypes about us.”

Sure there are reality shows that are educational or give a glimpse into a unique life but some of these news shows are an insult to the majority of Americans. Like Jersey Shore, Honey Boo Boo and the new reality show Buckwild the characters of these shows represent a stereotypical perception of a society without education or morals. Is this how we want society to see us?

If you believe in traditional values it’s time to speak up. Sign the petition. Write to the stations or better to their advertisers. There is a moral majority and we need to be heard. It’s time to take a stand. Our children are watching.

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Teresa Wendt

A stay at home mom who runs a household, manages the finances, cares for a young adult autistic son, and cooks from scratch. Traveling from Arizona to Alaska summer of 2013. Visit my blog at https://ramblinroseaz.wordpress.com/ and follow along.

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  1. Looking around, I often feel we ARE a living in the guttr of reality TV…This type of show & Baby Booboo as well as the ‘Rednecks’ at the Country Club obviously draw viewers….What does that tell you about intellectual & moral decay to the rest of the world? Of course some from other countries come here & expect the Cowboys & Indians(which I’d take over this garbage)

    1. Thanks for the reply Jan. After posting this I realized that there are many, many other reality shows that we haven’t seen. Most of the tv we watch is old reruns but admittedly autistic son has a say in it.

      1. Recently, a dear & respected friend of mind quite accurately expressed it this way. “Evil has been around since Cain & Abel & will continue to be. We must learn that ‘evil’ is not something that can be legislated by man… It can only be overcome by man’s knowledge of good….My reference to the ‘reality shows’ comes from reading TV Guides & magazines that dominate the doctors offices & treatment facilities at the side of my husband in his fight w/ cancer for over a year which ,Praise to God, is now in remission. I just see many paraells to the ‘stuff’ we’re exposed to from all sides. & question WHY we need reality TV when the daily ‘gutter’ drama that is in our face is now the ‘norm’??? I’m sure from your writings you’ll agree that it is now more imperative than ever that we all make sure we do our due deligence as parents & grandparents. I honestly find I look forward to your ‘grasp’ & interpertation on many subjects.

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