The group’s DJ called out Salt-N-Pepa and the network for excluding her from the film’s creation.
Yesterday, Lifetime premiered a Salt-N-Pepa biopic that was claimed to be an authorized small-screen treatment of the group’s historic career. However, DJ Spinderella is claiming she was left out of the film’s creation entirely, despite the use of her image.
“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,” writes the DJ on Twitter, who filed suit against her bandmates for fraud and unpaid royalties after being booted from the group in late 2019. “There’s nothing more unacceptable than a woman being silenced by another woman,” Spin adds before noting she wouldn’t be supporting the film. She did go on to commend and congratulate actor Monique Paul, who portrayed her in the film, but wished to have “been given an opportunity to share my true perspective with.”
For their part, Salt-N-Pepa did comment on Spinderella’s dismissal from the group recently. Speaking with The Breakfast Club earlier this week, the duo claimed they were already an established act when Spin auditioned to replace their prior DJ per the suggestion of producer, Hurby Azor, and the suit was the anticipated result of mounting tensions over the years. Spin joined the group in 1987, just after they’d released their debut album, Hot, Cool, & Vicious, which was the first album by an all-female rap group to get gold and platinum certifications from the RIAA.
You can watch Salt-N-Pepa’s interview with The Breakfast Club below (jump to the 14:00 mark to get right to their comments.) Scroll on for DJ Spinderella’s full statement.
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