Public Enemy has announced their descision to part ways with Flavor Flav after a very public disagreement with Bernie Sanders.
Flav, the hugely popular hypeman who has been working with the group for over 35 years, sent a cease-and-desist letter against the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign following news that Chuck D—under the moniker Public Enemy Radio—planned to perform at the Democratic candidate’s Los Angeles rally Sunday.
The letter, sent by Flavor Flav’s lawyer Matthew Friedman, accuses the campaign of using the hypeman’s “unauthorized likeness, image and trademarked clock” to promote the rally, even though Flavor Flav “has not endorsed any political candidate.”
It continued: “While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit—his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy,” the letter said. “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.”
Since the news of Flavor Flav’s legal opposition, Public Enemy has reacted quickly and removed the hypeman from the group. “Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” the hip-hop legends said in a brief statement Sunday. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”
The band also insisted that the much-debated Public Enemy Radio, a Chuck D-led side project featuring DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws, will still perform at the free at Sanders rally gig at 6 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.