I’m sure you remember the show Pump It Up!, right? Then you should definitely remember its host Dee Dee Barnes.
The hip-hop journalist has recently spoken out in light of her assault being purposely left out of the Straight Outta Compton film. Her assault, which occurred in 1990, followed the airing of a clip of Ice Cube dissing his former group members (as he had left N.W.A at this point). Dr. Dre got wind of the clip and is said to have confronted Barnes in the women’s restroom, beating her and smashing her head into the wall.
Barnes appears to be especially inclined to speak out about her assault’s exclusion due to the fact that F. Gary Gray, the film’s director, also happened to be the same Pump It Up! cameraman that played a part in the Ice Cube clip airing.
Interested in knowing just what Dee Dee Barnes had to say? Read below.
That’s right. F. Gary Gray, the man whose film made $60 million last weekend as it erased my attack from history, was also behind the camera to film the moment that launched that very attack. He was my cameraman for Pump It Up! You may have noticed that Gary has been reluctant to address N.W.A.’s misogyny and Dre’s attack on me in interviews. I think a huge reason that Gary doesn’t want to address it is because then he’d have to explain his part in history. He’s obviously uncomfortable for a reason.
Gary was the one holding the camera during that fateful interview with Ice Cube, which was filmed on the set of Boyz N the Hood. I was there to interview the rapper Yo Yo. Cube was in a great mood, even though he was about to shoot and he was getting into character.
Cube went into a trailer to talk to Gary and Pump It Up! producer Jeff Shore. I saw as he exited that Cube’s mood had changed. Either they told him something or showed him the N.W.A. footage we had shot a few weeks earlier. What ended up airing was squeaky clean compared to the raw footage. N.W.A. were chewing Cube up and spitting him out. I was trying to do a serious interview and they were just clowning—talking shit, cursing. It was crazy.
Right after we shot a now-angry Cube and they shouted, “Cut!” one of the producers said, “We’re going to put that in.” I said, “Hell no.” I wasn’t even thinking about being attacked at the time, I was just afraid that they were going to shoot each other. I didn’t want to be part of that. “This is no laughing matter,” I tried telling them. “This is no joke. These guys take this stuff seriously.” I was told by executives that I was being emotional. That’s because I’m a woman. They would have never told a man that. They would have taken him seriously and listened.
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