Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, on Oxygen Media Canceling Controversial New Series, "All My Babies’ Mamas"
ColorOfChange.org Collected Over 40,000 Signatures Demanding the Show's Cancellation
January 15, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: CJ Frogozo,CJ@FitzGibbonMedia.com, 310.570.2622
Rachel Tardiff, Rachel@FitzGibbonMedia.com, 202.746.1507
New York, NY – "After multiple conversations with Oxygen Media executives, the company informed us via email that a decision was made to cancel "All My Babies' Mamas" late this afternoon. We thank Oxygen Media for taking this important step. The tremendous response from over 40,000 ColorOfChange.org members, coupled with national outrage from Black folks, sent a clear message that exploitative television shows like "All My Babies' Mamas" are unacceptable.
The airing of a reality show like "All My Babies' Mamas" would have reinforced many of the stereotypes about Black men and women that have power to influence public policy. Research shows that exploiting persistent racial stereotypes that marginalize Black Americans have real world consequences.
There is much more work to be done to bring about a significant cultural shift in the ways Black Americans are portrayed in the media. We applaud Sabrina Lamb for her contributions to this work. ColorOfChange will continue to address the broader cultural problems found in inaccurate and harmful media portrayals of Black Americans. Now, Oxygen Media has the responsibility to examine how this show was green lit and how it reflects the company's underlying values."
With more than 850,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest Black online civil rights organization.
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