*UPDATE: Dee Barnes has officially accepted Dre’s apology.
Here’s an excerpt from her statement in Gawker: “I understand people’s apprehension. The stakes are high now and money talks, loud. 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.”*
Dr. Dre has been kinda dodgy when it comes to the controversy surrounding his violent and abusive past, especially with the successful rollout of Straight Outta Compton, but he’s ready to show the world that he’s sorry for what he did.
In an interview with the New York Times, Dr. Dre directly addressed violence toward women in his past, particularly journalist Dee Barnes and former girlfriend Miche’le, for the first time in years – and in as poignant a way as we’re ever going to get from him. “Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life,” Dre explained. “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.”
The sentiment’s nice, but personal apologies to Dee Barnes, Michel’le, Tairrie B, and others should be coming down the pike as well.