Apple has canceled Vital Signs, its first foray into TV drama with a peek into the formative years rapper Dr. Dre.
The motive for the abrupt cancellation is unclear. But a report within the Wall Street Journal claims that Apple CEO Tim Cook himself canceled the present, stating that it was too violent after scenes drug use, violence, and an orgy appeared.
The Journal pointed to “characters doing strains cocaine, an prolonged orgy in a mansion and drawn weapons”.
Vital Signs was slated to headline Apple’s first push into authentic content material for Apple Music. But after a number of delays and controversial materials eliminated by execs, the present has been axed for good.
Apple has a protracted historical past censoring content material it finds objectionable. Producers from James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke and Planet the Apps have each revealed that sturdy language and grownup references had been edited from content material they produced for Apple.
Apple seems to be centered on fering healthful materials, so it’s a bit unusual that Vital Signs would get the go-ahead given Dr. Dre’s quite a few scandals.
The 2015 documentary Straight Outta Compton didn’t contact on Dre’s violence towards girls, together with one incident in 1991 through which Dre attacked tv host Dee Barnes and “started slamming her face and the suitable aspect her physique repeatedly towards a wall close to the stairway” earlier than “punching her within the again the pinnacle.”
In the HBO collection The Defiant Ones, Dre apologizes to the ladies he assaulted.
“Any man that places his arms on a feminine is a fucking fool,” Dre acknowledged. “He’s out his fucking thoughts, and I used to be out my fucking thoughts on the time. I fucked up, I paid for it, I’m sorry for it, I apologize for it. I’ve this darkish cloud that follows me and it’s going to be connected to me ceaselessly. It’s a serious blemish on who I’m as a person.”
It appears like Dre continues to be paying for his violent previous, as Apple is skipping Vital Signs in favor offers with Oprah Winfrey and Sesame Street. Dre’s historical past wasn’t too violent to assist them promote Beats headphones, although.