I was browsing through Facebook today when I saw that several people had posted an article that talks about some low-scale rapper about to have his own television special that follows him, his 10 baby mothers, and his 11 children on the Oxygen channel.
Automatically, my heart sank and I shook my head in complete and utter disgust. It is completely baffling how someone with little to no talent can justifiably sell the idea that exploiting his situation is worth airtime on television. Seriously, who would sign off on this?
Black America needs to wake up and wake up quickly. Seriously.
First, let me talk about the "star" of this upcoming special. The rapper known as Shawty Lo, figured that his little bit of fame warrants him to act a damn fool and go raw dog with every female that looks his way. Additionally, he figured he might get more exposure by allowing cameras to follow him and his "clan" around and show the world just how ratchet, classless, and trifling they can be.
Next, let me talk about his not one, not two, but 10 baby mothers. This in and of itself is a problem. Women can tolerate (to a degree) another woman that lingers in a man's life, mainly because a child is in the picture. Most self-respecting women, however, will not tolerate a man who has MULTIPLE baby mothers. A woman might be able to tolerate the existence of one baby mother and subject herself to being the second. But for a woman to go and allow herself be the third or any sequential baby mother is a disgrace. What makes it even worse is that each woman is proud of having provided this man with offspring. Couple that with the fact that this 36 year old man is now dating a 19 year old woman goes to show these women don't respect themselves.
The reason why Oxygen is even exercising the option of exploiting this family is because the network realizes that RATCHETNESS sells. From "The Real Housewives of" everywhere, to the worthless "Basketball Wives", to the "Bad Girls Club", to "Love & Hip Hop", to any other reality show that promises drama, potential violence, and particularly, Black people at their worst, the ratchetness that these shows provide, coupled with Black America's desire to see it to laugh at it and talk about the same people on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, is why these shows are surprisingly successful. People religiously watch these shows, hoping to see something they probably never would see in their everyday lives (unless they themselves are all about drama and engage in these same shenanigans on a regular basis).
What's even more amazing is that Black America KNOWS this makes them look bad as a whole, and they STILL keep watching it. And then Black America wonders why none of the other ethnic groups can take them seriously, and better yet, stereotypes the WHOLE RACE.
When this television "event" airs on Oxygen in the coming months, Black America will be brought to an all new low. It will show the world that Black America embraces men who can't commit to just one woman or stop procreating when he realizes that his life might get too hectic; that Black America embraces women who don't respect themselves; that Black America primarily is to continue to being the laughingstock of this country; and ultimately, it will show that Black America has no desire to stand united against ratchetness, classlessness, and lack of character, integrity, and dignity.
Come on Black America. Let's rise above this new low.