For those unfamiliar, "All My Babies' Mamas" is a special about Shawty Lo, a rapper with eleven children by ten women, and, according to rumor, another one on the way. To his credit, he supports his family, and apparently part of that was going to be a basic cable special that would serve as a backdoor pilot.
And then people, for some baffling reason, went ballistic and now the special may never see air. Which is both good news and bad news. Good news in the sense that those concerned the special might feed into ignorant racial stereotypes. And bad news in the sense that the cancellation and hubbub around the special seems, at least to me, to be pretty racist itself.
I understand the concerns about idiot racist morons pointing to the special and saying... oh, who the hell knows? I've been on the Internet long enough that I won't be surprised if Shawty Lo is accused of being the Illuminati or raising a private army to take over Atlanta and sell it to the Canadian Moosemeat Cabal. But they are reasonable and valid concerns: As far as we've come in America, even a honky like me knows we've got a long way to go.
On the other hand, the arguments against the show are a bit disingenuous. Shawty Lo may be completely irresponsible with his contraception, but, first of all, the entire crux of the show is that he's supporting his children. It's not like this is the "Parental Abandonment Hour".
Secondly, wait, once the non-white people show up, suddenly we've got a problem with reproductive stupidity as entertainment? Seriously, how is this guy any different from Kate Gosselin? Or the Duggars, who by the standard of many are seriously creepy people? Or the kids on the teenage pregnancy specials and series that infest the air?
And what about fictional shows? "The Secret Life of The American Teenager" features two teenage boys fighting over who gets to be a responsible father at one point. At least the reality shows hint that having a kid is a lot of work!
There's no arguing that "All My Babies' Mamas" is tasteless and irresponsible. That's pretty much obvious from the title and not really the point. The point is that it's no more or less tasteless and irresponsible than, well, any other show about people who breed beyond all sense and reason. If it's really that outrageous, maybe it's time to pack in all these shows.