Following the success of the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton”, hip hop mogul Dr. Dre made a public apology to his two exes who he physically abused during their relationships.
However, despite Dre’s apology, his exes aren’t buying the sincerity of the apology, and think it was all just one big PR stunt to continue to grow support for the new film.
Dr. Dre recently apologized to the women he abused in the past, including his former girlfriend and mother of his child Michel’le, and journalist Dee Barnes, who both have responded.
Dee wrote a follow up to her essay for Gawker, where she criticized the NWA biopic, “Straight Outta Compton,” for ignoring Dr. Dre beating her up in 1991. This time around the journalist addressed certain people saying that Dre apologized as a political move to ensure the success of the NWA biopic, as well as his image in the public eye. Barnes told readers that those things mattered less than the fact that Dre apologized to her and the other women he abused.
“Is this is a PR move by Universal, which released Straight Outta Compton? After all, the film just crossed the $100 million mark its second weekend in theaters. Is it damage control by Apple, which can no longer ignore that if you take the “Beats by Dre” logo and remove the “S,” you get a double entendre describing several woman he just apologized to? Is Dre himself really remorseful or just saving face? To me, the answers to these questions matter less than the fact that Dre stepped up and performed his social responsibility by finally taking accountability for his actions. Who cares why he apologized? The point is that he did.”
The rapper’s former girlfriend and mother of one of his children, Michel’le, also shared her thoughts on Dre’s apology, which she believed wasn’t sincere. The singer told Up All Night’s Dotun Adebayo on 5Live, “I don’t really think it’s a sincere apology. I didn’t ask for a public apology and I think if he is going to apologise he should do it individually. To just group us like we are nothing and nobody – I just don’t think it’s sincere. Treat us like we have names. He’s selling a movie. I just think its good PR at the moment.”
This comes after Michel’le said that she felt like she was left out of the biopic because she was “just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to shut up.”
Check out Dee Barnes’ full essay here.