As the release of Straight Outta Compton continues to shed light on the legacy of N.W.A., it also continues to shed light on the omission of Dr. Dre’s abusive past. One of his victims, journalist Dee Barnes – who was assaulted by the rapper in 1991 – wrote an extensive piece on her experience and the ramifications for its lack of inclusion in the hit film. Following the publishing of her response, Dre issued a widespread apology via The New York Times.
“I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives,” he said in a statement to the newspaper.
Upon Dr. Dre’s apology, Barnes returned to Gawker with her reply. Acknowledging that Dre’s business ventures likely played a part in his latest apology, she ultimately concluded that the motivations behind his apology did not matter:
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.
Read Dee Barnes’ latest Gawker post in full here.