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Posted Aug 24th, 2015 (12:06 pm) by Katie Antonsson

Last week, Dr. Dre issued a blanket statement to the "women I've hurt," but Michel'le had enough wits about her to call Dre on the whole public apology.

Dr. Dre's past has come out in public light since the debut of "Straight Outta Compton," which cooly glosses over Dre's abusive nature toward the women in his life at the time. Last week, we took a look at Dre's public statement and, frankly, called bullshit on it too. Fortunately, Dre's ex Michel'le fired back with her own public statement this weekend, pointing out the gaping flaws in Dre's words.

"I didn't ask for a public apology and I think if he is going to apologize he should do it individually," she told BBC. "To group us like we are nothing and nobody -- I just don't think it's sincere. Treat us like we have names."

"He's selling a movie. I think it's just good PR at the moment."

Even Apple jumped on the bandwagon, supporting Dre's apology and confirming his status as a reformed man.

Like Michel'le said, the whole thing reeks of public relations politics. The only logical conclusion for Dre is to publicly announce that "all that's in the past," but how is that supposed to help us deal with that past? When lauded musicians are outed as abusive, there's never any recourse. Think of Miles Davis, whose abusive nature was public knowledge, yet his genius somehow eclipses that. It seems to be the same with Dre, and it's an unfortunate truth that we try to divide the artist from the art.

Michel'le brings us the necessary reminder, however, that at the end of the day, Dre is a man. An abusive man, no less. And no matter the allegations against him, a public apology is the lowest form of apology. He's showing off what a "good guy" he's become, how he's "changed," and if that's the truth, it shouldn't take a public apology to make that apparent. This battle is between him and the women he's hurt, not between Dre, the women he's hurt, and the millions of viewers who turned out to see "Straight Outta Compton" this month.

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