Originally Posted by Andysol
I don't think he should be an executive because he acts like a fool in public. I don't want Donald Trump as an executive either. There- now you can't throw the race card or lack of success as a reason. My reason- they both don't display what Apple is. Elegant, Classy, Smart, and Sophisticated. If you think Dr. Dre is elegant, classy, and sophisticated- than you are misguided.
These terms elegant, classy and sophisticated are heavily based on a culture's current viewpoints. Based on that criteria I don't think the New Balance and jeans wearing Steve Jobs who would readily speak his mind falls into any of those categories. But did we care? I didn't. My interests begin and end with with wanting the best possible technology for a given time in my life. I felt that Steve Jobs was pinnacle to that happening; not just within Apple but invigorating others to want to follow his lead, even if most competitors failed miserably.
Now if you had said you didn't want racism, homophobia, or misogyny at Apple, I could have gotten behind that argument. However, I can't recall anything from Dre in that regard except from his Chronic albums in 2001 and 1992, and N.W.A. in the 80's, and I'd say that it's all become much less. But how much of that is him and how much his character for the album? Scratch that last question as I think it's irrelevant if it's not clear you're clearly playing a role.
Did Steve Jobs ever exhibit any of those traits? The only one I know about is about him as a father which could be tied to misogyny but that's only a circumstantial thread without any direct proof of anything.
Bottom line, being elegant, classy, and sophisticated have to be thrown out because Steve Jobs wasn't even though the products he sold were, but other traits that relate to civil rights and equality should be considered. Does Andre Young in 2014 exhibit any of those qualities?
Finally, is it then fine for Apple to buy the company so long as Young isn't made a regular executive at Apple. IOW, so long as his role, if any, is no more than being a consultant with Iovine for the music side of the iTunes segment of business?