“Straight Outta Compton” has been a huge hit, earning $56.1 million on its opening weekend. But a few are criticizing the biopic, which follows the rise of the rap group N.W.A. Dr. Dre’s exes Michel'le Toussaint and Dee Barnes say it failed to show their abusive pasts with the producer.
According to E! News, Toussaint and Barnes addressed the issue in two separate instances. Toussaint, Dr. Dre’s ex-fiancee and former 1990’s R&B singer, told VladTV how she seemed to understand why thier abusive relationship was not featured on the film. She said, "Why would Dre put me in it? If they start from where they start from. I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up."
Dr. Dre's other ex, Barnes, wrote about the experience in Gawker, saying the audience would not be able to handle seeing just how much physical abuse she got from her ex, especially during a 1991 visit to the Po Na Na Souk nightclub, where Dr. Dre reportedly beat her “mercilessly on the floor of the women’s bathroom.” Barnes wrote, "That event isn't depicted in 'Straight Outta Compton,' but I don't think it should have been, either. The truth is too ugly for a general audience. I didn't want to see a depiction of me getting beat up."
Barnes added that she’s not mad it wasn’t depicted in the film, but the fact that it occurred should have been addressed. She explained, "When I was sitting there in the theater, and the movie's timeline skipped by my attack without a glance, I was like, 'Uhhh, what happened?' Like many of the women that knew and worked with N.W.A., I found myself a casualty of 'Straight Outta Compton's' revisionist history."
The now famous and wealthy producer, Dr. Dre, previously told Rolling Stone that he made “horrible mistakes” in his life.
Dr. Dre continued, "I would say all the allegations aren't true—some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back… But I paid for those mistakes, and there's no way…. that I will ever make another mistake like that again."