Horrified former fans of Dr Dre have threatened to boycott the hip hop mogul’s Beats By Dre headphones range due to his portrayal in TV movie Surviving Compton. The Lifetime film recounted Dr Dre’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend Michel’le and her allegations that he was physically abusive towards her.
In Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, which aired on 15 October in the US, Dr Dre’s character is seen punching Michel’le repeatedly on many occasions and even pulling a gun on her at one point. Dr Dre, real name Andre Young, threatened to take legal action against Sony Pictures if the film was broadcast on Lifetime but some fans have now turned against the music mogul in light of his portrayal.
Promising a boycott of Dr Dre’s best-selling Beats headphones business, one tweeted: “After seeing how dr. Dre beat you I have no respect for that piece of crap!! Boycott Beats,” while another said: “I’ll never support Dr. Dre in anything again and I encourage my followers to boycott streaming him and any business he is a part of as well.”
Showing support for Michele’le, another said: “You are an amazing women @Michellemuzic #SurvivingCompton will make me boycott everything Dr. Dre, I’m sorry that happened to you.”
Michele’le has previously stated that she decided to tell her side of the story after being completely omitted from N.W.A.’s 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton. Referring to the way Dr Dre was portrayed in that movie, one critic said: “We saw two completely different Dr. Dre’s in Straight Outta Compton and #SurvivingCompton, smh.”
Source: International Business Times | Alicia Adejobi