Terry Buzzard Jr.
Cindy J. Nix
September 2, 2013
The Controversy: “All My Babies’ Mamas” and Reality TV
“All My Babies’ Mamas” was set to be yet another reality television program in what appears to be a never ending “I am going to make one even more shocking then the last” line of shows. Reality shows such as these draw the attention of various audiences depending on their nature and amount of drama in which it entails. These types of programs can range from something as simple as a singing competition to creating a show based by finding the most obscure situations; witch can push the limits of what is socially acceptable. This particular show was set to star an Atlanta rap artist who reportedly has 11 kids with 10 different women, detailing the complicated life and inner workings of the relationships between each individual child and mother. The Oxygen channel, who designs programming aimed at women, was trying to cater to younger female viewers. Controversy over the topic spiraled out of control with parental advocacy groups, who forced the show to be cancelled. Their stance was based on it being offensive to innocent children, citing the show as “grotesquely irresponsible and exploitive.” Humans seem to have always enjoyed the shock or WOW factor. This type of programing can, with the right set of circumstances, hit that and go beyond. The problem comes when we soften to one extreme and look for something more. Especially when it is minors or those easily influenced who think these unusual situations are of the normal everyday life. Ratings are a big thing when it comes to what television entertainment companies decide what their lineup will be. With more ratings comes more commercial money coming in which translates to more money for the company. Given the demanding job the companies CEOs endure, I am sure deciding what they can get away with is ever growing difficult.
However, just like anything else you watch what...
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