Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dee Barnes Responds to Dr Dre's Apology

Last week Dr. Dre gave a blanket apology to 'the women he's hurt' amid renewed backlash over his abusive past [click here if you missed that].

Dee Barnes, who was viscously assaulted by Dre at a album release party in 1993, responds…

In an Essay for Gawker Dee writes,
I hope he meant it. I hope he represents these words in his life. I hope that after all these years, he really is a changed man.
Dr. Dre has matured, and the women he’s hurt, including myself, have endured. I’m proud to be able to say goodbye to the man who at one point was straight outta fucks to give, as he consistently dismissed and disrespected any mention of his assault history. Goodbye to the man who didn’t deny it and even bragged, “I just did it, you know. Ain’t nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain’t no big thing–I just threw her through a door.”
Goodbye to a general public that accepted these indiscretions without so much as a second thought. When news of the apology broke, my social media feeds were immediately flooded with responses ranging from good to bad to ugly. I saw comments like, “That was the worst apology,” “Fake apology,” and, “He did not have the decency to state your names and do it face to face after all those years—that’s the least he could do.”
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.
I know what it’s like to speak out and have your intentions criticized. While my essay about my experiences with Dre and N.W.A. received a lot of positive support, I was also repeatedly asked, “Why now?” To be clear, I spoke out after a Rolling Stone interview promoting Straight Outta Compton—released August 12, 2015, just two days before the movie’s opening weekend—named me as the TV host assaulted in a 1991 “incident.” This is the first time Dre supposedly “apologized” in public to the women he hurt. He vaguely acknowledged his “fucking horrible mistakes.” But he didn’t actually apologize: “I would say all the allegations aren’t true–some of them are.” And that is why I spoke out. That is “why now.”
Read the full essay here.


Anonymous said...

Good stuff

Anonymous said...

If it's good for Dee, then it's good for Dee. Same with Michel'le. If not, then they need to say so. Sick of the PC bullshit. Our opinions, albeit extremely loud and annoying, don't matter. What matters if Dre's apology is sincere enough to them. No need to be messy or writing dissertations of an analysis of his words. Now, can we please move on?

AnRnBThug said...

First off, I ain't reading all that BS.
Second, why are we talking about this wack bitch?
This shit happened over 25 years ago. She tried to SETTLE out of court if Dre helped Her with HER OWN Rap Career....Go figure. He said no and an undisclosed amount was agreed upon instead. Fuck we care about an apology at this point?!

Anonymous said...

10:08 are you dumb? She's talking about this because the media kept mentioning her ever since the straight out of Compton movie came out. Plus Dre also brought her back into the mix by publicly apologizing, but according to you she's not allowed to respond? GTFOH!

Anonymous said...

@rnbfag Maybe if you cared to read it you'd understand why she's being discussed. Too ignorant to read, but quick to run your negative fingers on a keyboard and put this woman down. You have a very serious problem with black women. Very serious... How do you hop yourself on a post and criticize the person the post is about, without READING to find out what this post is about and what the point of it is?

You're a negative, uncompassionate, inconsiderate asshole!

ME said...

R&b can go on long ass rants about overweight Black women like he/she knows the reason for their condition but anyone who reads at an 8th grade can comprehend the message in 30 seconds. For nearly 30 yrs, l.a. has known about "beats by Dre", along with his first album cover wearing full makeup and lace (which has suddenly disappeared from the internet). Like the song says, a bitch is a bitch, which is any male that assaults a woman outside of self-defense.

orchidjones said...

LOL at the comments above...

but my feelings and attitude shifted a bit after reading Dee Barns previous essays about Dre. I've always knew about him being a jerk towards women, but I think an audience is blinded by talent in a genre we enjoy with extreme forgiveness and unscathed and abusive behaviors as Chris Brown, Mark Wahlberg, RKelly..........Ike Turner..........Bill Cosby...why not Dre? Whether a few forgives and support, there will be some pockets hit somewhere and an impact. People like what they like, and want no parts of their media influenced stars interrupted.

I also wholeheartedly agree, this is tremendous damage control with the apologies.
Hip Hop(e) Writer

The King Of The Real said...

&RNB went full retard again

Anonymous said...

Bye Felicia, I mean Dee. Smh.

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