Spinderella Trashes Salt-N-Pepa Biopic for Scrubbing Her

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 25, 2021

The superstar girl group Salt-N-Pepa was famous for firsts: first platinum-selling female hip-hop group, first female rap group to win a Grammy Award and among the first performers to put a woman's perspective on a famously male-dominated music genre.

Adding: 'Words can not 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'.

Months later, insight into the rift was fleshed out in a lawsuit initiated by Roper against former bandmates Cheryl James (Salt) and Sandra Denton (Pepa) for trademark infringement, fraud, and breach of contract.

The agreement didn't lead to a reconciliation, however, which was made evident as James and Denton, who co-produced and wrote the biopic released on Saturday, did not invite Roper to tell her side of the story. Taking to Twitter, Spinderella said she was "wrongfully excluded from every aspect of development and production", despite her contributions to the group. "30+ years is a lot of content and I'm ready to share", she said.

The movie's premiere will be followed by an interview special, described by the network as "a fun and intimate discussion about what makes their iconic partnership work, how these two very different personalities find the delicate balance to keep it going, and how their pioneering style continues to influence the music world today".

In 2019, the DJ claimed that she had been fired from the band, after they were set to join New Kids on the Block on tour. The case was dismissed in July 2019 after the trio reached a confidential settlement, according to TMZ. She is now in the "final stages" of writing her memoir, which she describes as "a personal journey navigating through life, relationships, and the industry that raised me".

Fans of trailblazing female rappers Salt-N-Pepa can catch their new biopic tonight, January 23, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.

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