Word hit earlier this week that before it could even air, Shawty Lo’s reality show on Oxygen about his life with 11 children from 10 different women had been cancelled for its negative depiction of African-American stereotypes. Since then, some outlets were reporting that was false and the show would still air. However, it looks like the rumors were true, as Shawty Lo himself has spoke out about it and expressed his disappointment over the cancellation. See what he said below.
Shawty Lo said during an interview on Hot 107.9 in Atlanta:
I feel like they didn’t give the show a chance to see what’s really going on. She made her assumptions off the trailer. My life story wasn’t peaches and cream. Coming up was so hard for me. My mama was on drugs. My daddy was elsewhere and my grandma raised me and she died from cancer when I was 17. I was out there in the streets. I don’t like to brag about my life story but I went on to become one of the largest drug dealers in the Bankhead area. With money, came women and then came children, but as time went on I woke up.
I ain’t had no child in 11 years. Basically, what I’m doing is telling my story. Showing how Shawty Lo turned a negative into a positive. The show wasn’t about, ‘we finna be fighting.’ A lot of fathers don’t take care of one child or be there with their child. I’m hands on. My kids love their father. Before this show was even thought about, I was on Instagram with my kids every weekend.
I really understand [the outrage]. They have the right to think that but at least give the show a chance to see what’s going on. They making an assumption off a 13 minute trailer. You know, I’m working hard for the show, for it to air because people do want to see it. My kids are disappointed right now. But my show is not about no negative. It’s a positive.
You can watch the video of the interview at Necole Bitchie’s spot.