Flavor Flav Kicked Out Of Public Enemy Amid Disagreement Over Bernie Sanders Rally + Chuck D Reacts: I Gotta Leave Him At The Crib
UPDATE: Flavor Flav has taken to Twitter to react to being booted from the group. See his tweets below.
Rapper and TV personality Flavor Flav is kicking off the week with one less gig.
According to reports, he has parted ways with the group Public Enemy, as well as Public Enemy Radio.
The group released a brief statement Sunday (March 1), and revealed,
“Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”
Interestingly enough, the shocking move appears to be a result of Flavor Flav sending a cease-and-desist letter to Bernie Sanders’ campaign, accusing the presidential candidate of using his likeness to promote a Chuck D concert for a campaign event in L.A. Sunday (March 1). The group also made it clear that Public Enemy Radio still planned to perform, despite Flavor Flav’s issues with Bernie Sanders.
Flavor Flav sent the letter to Bernie Sanders’ campaign, stating that it used his
“unauthorized likeness, image, and trademarked clock.”
It pointed out that Flavor Flav
“has not endorsed any political candidate.”
The letter continues,
“While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy. The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy. Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is. There is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav.”
“Flav … has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle.… The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading,” Friedman added in the letter. “It is unfortunate that a political campaign would be so careless with the artistic integrity of such iconoclastic figures in American culture.”
Flavor Flav also reportedly wrote a message to Bernie Sanders that reads,
“Hey Bernie, don’t do this.”
Chuck D also said ahead of the Flavor Flav firing:
“Flavor chooses to dance for his money and not do benevolent work like this. He has a year to get his act together and get himself straight or he’s out.”
Chuck D’s lawyer also released a statement:
“From a legal standpoint, Chuck could perform as Public Enemy if he ever wanted to; he is the sole owner of the Public Enemy trademark. He originally drew the logo himself in the mid-80s, is also the creative visionary and the group’s primary songwriter, having written Flavor’s most memorable lines.”
Chuck D also took to Twitter to deny that Flavor Flav’s letter to Bernie Sanders was the reason he was let go. See his tweets below.
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