Dr. Dre Apologizes for Beating Women – The Internet Reacts
“Straight Outta Compton” was a box office hit last week and has been praised for its depiction of police brutality against black men – but it glossed over N.W.A’s record of misogyny and ignores allegations that Dr. Dre used to beat women. And that’s exactly the kind of thing that the internet won’t let slide anymore.
After weeks of online criticism including a powerful Gawker piece from one of the women he allegedly abused, Dr. Dre has released a statement to the New York Times apologizing for physically abusing women in the past.
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.
“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.”
Apple, where Dr. Dre works as a consultant, is backing him up.
“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”
Among several women who have spoken out is R&B singer Michel’le, who was romantically involved with Dr. Dre from the late-’80s until the mid-’90s. She points out that the allegations have been dismissed or ignored for a long time. “I’ve been talking about my abuse for many, many years, but it has not gotten any ears until now.”
“They told their story” by making the movie, she added. “I’m telling mine.”
While many people are commending Dr. Dre for addressing the issue, others are saying it’s too little, too late for the women involved, and wondering if he would have spoken at all if his career wasn’t threatened.