The new “Straight Outta Compton” N.W.A. movie has made Dr. Dre’s extreme violence against women a renewed topic of discussion. Why? Because the film conveniently chose to ignore this part of the group’s history.
That was a tactic that may have worked back in the 90s, but not so much now. Last week, Gawker published an article titled “Remember When Dr. Dre Bashed a Female Journalist’s Face Against a Wall?” Then, a Digital Music News’ article from last year, “In 1991, Apple Executive Andre Young Brutally Attacked a Defenseless Woman In an LA Nightclub,” climbed to the front page of Reddit. The article drew hundreds of thousands of views and hundreds of comments on Sunday night.
Not only did Dr. Dre violently attack MTV host Dee Barnes and gloat about it, he also attacked Michel’le so viciously she needed plastic surgery.
So how is Apple responding to this attention on one of their top executives? They’re heavily promoting Dr. Dre’s Beats 1 radio show and exclusively premiering his new album, “Compton”, on Apple Music this week.
Maybe Apple just needs someone to straight up ask them what they think about Dr. Dre’s numerous violent assaults on women. I reached out to Kristin Huguet, Apple’s Manager of Corporate Communications, and received no response. I also reached out to Apple’s entire media department. Again, no response.
Bad press doesn’t seem to bother Apple. Do we need Taylor Swift to write an open letter before they’ll give a shit? I don’t expect Apple to fire Dr. Dre, but I expect more than silence from a company that prides itself on being progressive.
Tim Cook, Eddy Cue, Ian Rogers, Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor, and Zane Lowe are all benefitting from ignoring these extreme acts of violence. It seems like their own careers are more important than the pain and suffering these women went through.
Would things be any different if Apple Music had any senior female executives?