Public Enemy Drops Flavor Flav Over Bernie Sanders Rally Dispute

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Wait, how do you kick out the man that founded the group??? Asking for a friend.

Public Enemy revealed yesterday that they are “moving forward” without their founding member and hype man of almost 40 years, Flavor Flav after he sent Bernie Sanders a cease-and-desist letter.

Rolling Stone reported that the group released a statement saying, “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.”

This all happened after Flav’s lawyer Matthew Friedman, sent a cease-and-desist in response to Chuck D’s scheduled perform at Bernie Sander’s California rally yesterday. Flav accused the campaign of using his likeness and his signature, trademarked, oversized clock at the rally even though he says he “has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle.”

The letter read, “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.” Then later he added,”Sanders had promised to ‘Fight the Power’ with hip-hop icons Public Enemy, but this Rap Icon will not be performing at the Sanders rally.” The rally was held yesterday afternoon at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Bernie’s website claimed “Public Enemy Radio” was set to perform.

Chuck D took to Twitter to explain that the breakup wasn’t actually over this issue and that this was a long time coming…Legal issues between Flavor Flav and his bandmates have been an issue for the last few years, after Flav sued Chuck D and the group’s business management firm back in 2017 over unpaid profits.

Peep his tweets below:

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