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Surviving Compton: Michel’le’s Voice is Heard

Surviving Compton

I know a lot of viewers were sitting in front of their TV screens for the premiere of Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, & Michel’le, directed by Janice Cooke. This moving and emotional biopic is about singer-songwriter Michel’le struggles and abuse she went through during the time she was involved with producer Dr. Dre, and music executive Suge Knight. As most people sympathized with Michel’le leaving comments on her twitter like “you are a strong woman and a survivor,” and “my heart goes out to you as a woman who has experienced abuse.” But on the other hand, Dr. Dre’s social media is getting backlash from it all. Under Dr.Dre’s recent post on Instagram, there are several comments with fans speaking on the biopic saying “currently watching the movie it is absolutely horrible the way you treated her,” as well as “I lost all respect for Dr. Dre.” Throughout the film there are some scenes when Dr. Dre is being emotionally and physically abusive to Michel’le, but I believe the one that hits the audience hard is where Dre comes into the house drunk, punching Michel’le in the face several times until she is bruised up and bleeding. Before the biopic aired on television, Dr. Dre was ready to sue Sony Pictures because of the way he would be portrayed. But Sony clapped back and said that they will stand by Michel’le, and will not allow her voice to be silenced. Why would Dr. Dre sue if he has not seen the way his character was represented? Some assume that he did not want his past behavior being shown to the public because he knew that watchers and his fans would not look at him the same.

 

After Michel’le’s relationship with Dr. Dre, she was swiped off of her feet by Suge Knight. In the biopic, as she explains, she never would have thought that she would fall for a gangster like him. In one of the scenes Michel’le goes to the studio asking Dr. Dre for help because she was badly addicted to prescription pills, but Dre brushed her off and Suge came to the rescue offering her a rehabilitation center to go to. From this point on in the film, Michel’le thought she was in a good space until Suge puts his hands on her, taking her back to the experience she had with Dre.  As Michel’le watched herself being portrayed throughout the film, she says that it left her emotional, and she would not want anyone else to go through this. Despite everything that has happened to her she does not regret anything, and is still growing from her experiences.

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