Michel’le and Dee Barnes have respectively responded to Dr. Dre’s recent apology directed toward “the women he hurt” in the past. While Barnes expresses some apprehension, she does seem hopeful that Dre was sincere. Meanwhile, Michel’le flat out stated that she felt it was B.S.
Barnes penned a follow up essay for Gawker, responding to Dre’s apology. Here’s what she had to say:
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.
And as for Michel’le, she was recently interviewed by BBC Radio 5 and stated the following:
“To just group us like we’re nothing and nobody—I just don’t think it’s sincere, that’s all,” says Michel’le. When BBC’s male host says that Dre’s apology seems sincere (cool, dude), Michel’le responds with, “He’s generalizing us,” and says, “Treat us like we have names.”
Both women made good points. He is in the middle of press for Straight Outta Compton, so this could have been a PR move. Plus, he did lump them all together, and it seems as if he hasn’t reached out personally, which would have been more sincere. However, to Barnes’ point, he did step up and apologize, and even if it was to save face for PR, only he (and the universe) knows his heart. His karma, not anyone else’s.