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The Salt-N-Pepa Show

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Rap act's comeback a smart pick for teens and up.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2007
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One of the most interesting aspects of the show is Salt's ongoing struggle to clean up Salt-N-Pepa's act by toning down some of the sexually suggestive lyrics and choreography that had largely defined the group. As a Christian and a mother of two, she no longer feels comfortable performing songs like "Push It" and grinding on muscular male dancers. But a bewildered Pepa can't understand what's so bad about a little onstage lap-dancing. Normally, a show's producers might try to exploit that kind of conflict for comedic effect. But The Salt-N-Pepa Show takes a more responsible approach, giving each lady the chance to say her piece. The revelations that emerge lead to frank discussions about body image, sexuality, and being a woman in the music business -- which might just make teens think twice about the gyrating female pop stars they idolize.

Unlike other reality fare, which tends to be frenzied at best, The Salt-N-Pepa Show moves at a pace that's noteworthy for its normalcy. It doesn't try to be sexy; it simply tells the story of two former friends who are trying to make amends. It also offers an honest look at the complexities of the music business and how its pressures can erode even the strongest of friendships.

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