The Young Turks tackle the issue of Dr. Dre and his recent apology in the video above.
The movie Straight Outta Compton has hit theaters in recent days. It has been met with criticism for leaving out scenes that detail Dr Dre’s past violence toward women.
It looks like his publicist wrote this apology. It was apparently drawn up in response to the public pressure and presumably from Apple/iTunes. We found this in the New York Times.
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.
That is not good enough. Dr Dre does not get a free pass just because he is a talented rich producer with a new movie and soundtrack. Dee Barnes sued him and won. It seems there are more victims. If Dre admits to these crimes, then he should pay restitution to the victims. Furthermore he would do well to donate $10 million to Woman’s shelters across the country, such as the Harriet Tubman Center. That is just 1% of his net worth. That would show that he really meant it when he apologized. That is a substantial penance rather than just lip service. Anybody can hire a publicist to write lip-service.
Straight Outta Compton topped the box office last week with a $56 million opening. Compton, his first album in 16 years, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart. Last year, Dr. Dre’s Beats Audio company was sold to Apple for $3 billion. He got $800 Million making him the self-proclaimed “first billionaire in hip-hop.”
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