The release of Lifetime’s Salt-N-Pepa biopic last weekend has sparked a negative reaction from former member DJ Spinderella.
In the biopic which premiered on Lifetime Saturday, January, 23, viewers can watch the musical journey of Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton. From studying at Queensborough Community College to becoming one of the first all-female rap groups, Salt-N-Pepa changed Hip Hop. Some of their hits include: “Push It”, “What a Man” and “Shoop” to name a few. Furthermore, Salt-N-Pepa were also the first female rap act to reach platinum status. So a movie documenting their success always looked on the cards.
However, the biopic didn’t go down well with everyone involved, including the group’s third member DJ Spinderella. Involved since 1987, DJ Spinderella, real name Deidra Muriel Roper, announced in 2019 that she partied ways with Salt-N-Pepa. Following this, Spinderella filed a lawsuit alleging unpaid royalties which they settled through mediation. In the biopic, actress Monique Jasmine portrays DJ Spinderella. Salt-N-Pepa became involved in the production of the film, even going so far as to co-write it. But DJ Spinderella’s invitation to have her say on the film never materialized.
Spinderella “Disappointed” With Salt-N-Pepa Decision
Realizing that her input wasn’t needed, DJ Spinderella took to Instagram where she let rip on the situation. “Back when Salt n’ Pepa was building our legacy, which is rooted in empowering women, I could not have dreamed that this same group would one day disempower me,” she wrote. “Words cannot fully express my disappointment when I learned a decision was made to move forward with a Lifetime biopic that wrongfully excluded me from every aspect of development and production,” she continued. “All the while using my image throughout, given that I played an integral role in the group’s story and success.”
The iconic DJ revealed that fans will get to hear Spinderella’s side of the Salt-N-Pepa story in her memoir. “I’m in the final stages of writing my memoir. A personal journey navigating through life, relationships and the industry that raise me” she wrote. “30+ years is a lot of content and I’m ready to share. Watch the official Salt-N-Pepa biopic trailer below.