Dr. Dre has issued an apology in response to the growing controversy over his hit film “Straight Outta Compton.” I haven’t watched the movie yet but from what I hear, it presents a very clean and sanitized version of Andre Romelle Young’s (Dr. Dre) life and formation of the successful N.W.A brand. With the huge financial success of the biopic some have raised issue with the fact that the 50-year-old rapper has white washed his past domestic violence issue. One notorious situation involving Dee Barnes an American rapper and former television personality is completely missing in action from the movie. Dre was forced to address the growing public outcry head on and he issued a statement which in part read:
“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 deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives. I apologize to the women I’ve hurt,”
The outcry over “Compton” even compelled Apple, where Dre works as a consultant after selling Beats Entertainment to the tech company, to also issue a statement to the Times. “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.” What are your thoughts on his public apology? People can change..right?