The minute the promo for Shawty Lo’s new reality show hit the web, my email and twitter accounts would not stop bussing. I for one immediately scoffed at the foolishness and decided that i would not be covering this. I figured there would be enough media outlets covering this mess that I could not contribute any commentary of valuable. Much to my dismay, i was wrong.
We as Americans have been conditioned to believe that a family looks like one man and one woman, raising two kids with a dog, and living in a white house with a picket fence. The recent legalization of gay marriage in certain states has forced us to reconsider what a “family” looks like. A Friend of the blog, Anti-Intellect has yet again forced me to reconsider my views of what a family looks like. Anti-Intellect sheds light on the fact that Shawty Lo is present in all of his kids lives and the women found it prudent to coexist for the sake of their children. Check Out Anti-Intellects sentiments in their entirety and let me know what you think.
I don’t get why I am supposed to find this off-putting. Sure, this is not the cookie-cutter nuclear ideal of a family that so many of you all seem hell bent on modeling, but so what? There is no “right” or “wrong” way to arrange a family. We complain about men being absent in their children’s lives, and we complain about families not sticking together, and here is a family that is making it work in spite of the disapproval of hypocritical and judgmental people. How many of us come from “ideal” families? Ask yourselves that before you are so quick to judge another person’s family configuration. It’s funny that everyone is clutching their pearls about this show, but the Duggars can ride the “Good Christian Family” express until the wheels fall out. I find this family endearing, and I am glad that this man values his family and that the women seem to be interested in sticking together for the sake of the kids. I’m way past castigating or looking down on people or situations because it differs from my own. More power to Shawty Lo and the mothers of his children.