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VH1’s TLC biopic is well underway and has been for some time now. During the pre-production phase, it seemed as if it were every other day that we learned something new about the highly anticipated biopic. Unfortunately, the family of late group member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, are unable to say the same. In an exclusive interview with Mara The Hip-Hop Socialite of 4UMF, Lisa’s younger sister, Reigndrop Lopes, revealed that her family wasn’t informed or consulted regarding the biopic and that they are pretty upset about it. She also shared her thoughts regarding Lil Mama being cast to play her deceased sister. Check out some highlights from her interview below.


On not being consulted regarding the TLC Biopic:

 “Nothing at all. We didn’t even know when they were shooting. The only way I found out was because a friend of mine was cast as an extra and flew down here, and I happened to go up there with her. We didn’t know anything at all.”
“She [her and Left Eye’s mom] was hurt, she was pissed off, and hurt more than anything, but it’s like what can we do? Legally, I don’t think we can do anything, but it’s just more morally, why wouldn’t you involve the family? We’re right here in Atlanta, and we’re open to being involved. And when you don’t reach out, it makes you wonder why, question why. We don’t know why.”
On Lil Mama being cast as Left Eye: 
”Well number one, I would have liked to be told before the whole world knew. We found out online from the fans. My initial reaction was I was kind of in the middle. I didn’t know her to be an actor, and I didn’t know how well she would do portraying Lisa, so I really didn’t know how to feel. I actually got the chance to go up to the set one time, and I did see her doing some of her scenes, and it looked pretty good to me, and I was actually surprised. I told her that she was doing a good job. So hopefully, all the scenes are like that. She’s a really big fan, so I think it’s important to her to portray Lisa the right way even if some of the stuff in the script isn’t really accurate. I know it’s important for her to really bring out who Lisa was as a fan.”
On the status of Lisa’s relationship at the time of her passing: 
”I know for a fact she was in a good place with Tionne ’cause she went to see her before she left, but Chilli, I’m not sure. I just know that she never got a chance to see Chilli, or Chilli never got a chance to see Lisa before she left. I really don’t know what their last interaction was.”
Ironically, Left Eye’s family aren’t the only ones feeling offended by VH1’s actions. Just last month the group’s found, Ian Burke, also expressed how upset he was over the network’s failure to consult him regarding the film.
Do you think it was wrong for VH1 not to include Left Eye’s family in the making of the movie?
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