Salt-N-Pepa’s Former DJ Spinderella Talks About Being ‘Unfairly Excluded’ From Biopic

Spinderella is no happy to be excluded from Lifetime’s biopic Salt-N-Pepa.

The 50-year-old DJ took to social media Friday to express her disappointment in the special, which is executive produced by her former hip-hop group members Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton.

“I’m sorry, but I have to speak on this Lifetime special. Too often, black women who have made significant contributions to their industry are left out of the historical narratives,” she explained. “When Salt n ‘Pepa was building our legacy, which is rooted in the empowerment of women, I couldn’t have dreamed that this same group would one day take away my power.”

“Words cannot fully express my disappointment when I learned that the decision was made to go ahead with a Lifetime biopic that wrongly excluded me from all aspects of development and production … all the time using my image at all times since I played an integral role in the history and success of the group, “he continued. “There is nothing more unacceptable than a woman silenced by another woman.”

Spinderella said it is for that reason that he will not endorse the biopic.

“However, I want to offer a huge congratulations to the talented actresses who represented us, including Monique Paul, who I wish I had the opportunity to share my true perspective,” he explained. “On reflection, I am grateful that I have managed to sustain a 30-year career of true empowerment of women with my gift, against all odds. This will continue in my work and in my service.”

“The good news is that I am in the final stages of writing my memoir, a personal journey navigating life, relationships and the industry that raised me,” he continued. “30+ years is a lot of content and I’m ready to share. Thank you, as always, to my family, friends, and loyal Team Spin fans. I will always be grateful to all of you for your support and love throughout the years. “

Spinderella first joined Salt-N-Pepa in 1987 (replacing original DJ Latoya Hanson) when she was just 15 years old. After decades with the group, he announced via Instagram in May 2019 that he received a “termination email” earlier that year.

“It was my expectation, after making that decision, that they too would take responsibility for sharing the news with the public and other affected parties,” Spinderella wrote at the time. “Months have passed without any mention. Out of love for my fans and out of commitment to maintaining a standard of professionalism, I have taken it upon myself to let everyone know.”

“I refuse to participate in misleading fans, ticket holders and others who, based on all the hype, were anticipating seeing the iconic trio #SaltnPepa and #Spinderella,” he added. “So I make it clear now. Please know that you will have the opportunity to see me this summer in many other projects and activities that I will be involved in and I hope to see all of you then.”

While speaking with ET earlier this month, Salt and Pepa explained why it was so important for them to be as practical as possible with the project about their lives.

“As much as he might be involved, he was involved,” Pepa said. “When they asked us to make a movie about Salt-N-Pepa, our legacy, I thought, ‘Yeah, it’s time! Oh dear, we have some things to tell you.’ I’ve been wanting to do it for years.”

“My first reaction was, of course, ‘Yes, let’s do it.’ Salt-N-Pepa has a lot of history, “he continued.” We were pioneers in the story that we have that has never really been told. We knew what kind of story it was. We only talked about her in interviews, we could never really see her visually, and the timing was right, so I thought, ‘Yes.’ “

Salt-N-Pepa premieres Saturday, January 23 at 8 pm ET / PT on Lifetime. Hear more in the video below.


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