Spinderella Speaks On Being Silenced As Part Of Salt N Pepa Biopic


J Spinderella was with Salt-N-Pepa from 1987 until her termination in 2019

Spinderella is speaking out about Lifetime's Salt-N-Pepa biopic and claiming she was not involved in any "aspect of development and production."

The 50-year-old DJ, who was with the pioneering all-female hip hop group from 1987 until her termination in 2019, shared a series of tweets on Saturday about her exclusion from the biopic, which stars actresses GG Townson and Laila Odom as Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton, respectively. "Sorry but I gotta speak on this Lifetime special..," Spinderella began. "Too often, Black women who have made meaningful contributions in their industry are left out of historical narratives. 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." The star continued, "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..all the while using my image throughout, given that I played an integral role in the group's story and success." Spinderella (née Deidra Roper) went on to say that "there's nothing more unacceptable than a woman being silenced by another woman," adding that "for this reason," she "will not be supporting" the biopic. "I do, however, want to offer a huge congratulations to the talented actresses that represented us, including Monique Paul, who I wish would've been given an opportunity to share my true perspective with," she said. "In reflection, I'm grateful I've managed to uphold a 30-year career of truly empowering women with my gift, against all odds. This will continue in my work and in my service." "The great news is I'm in the final stages of writing my memoir, a personal journey navigating through life, relationships, and the industry that raised me," Spinderella added. "30+ years is a lot of content and I'm ready to share." James and Denton, both 54, have yet to comment on Spinderella's tweets. Reps for Salt-N-Pepa and Lifetime have not responded to PEOPLE's requests for comments. Prior to the start of Salt-N-Pepa's tour in May 2019, Spinderella announced on social media that she would no longer be a part of the girl group after receiving a "termination email" several months prior.

"I'm deeply saddened to share with all the #SaltnPepa and #Spinderella fans that I will not be performing on the