Flavor Flav took to Twitter to call out Public Enemy over firing him after a rift over the group performing at a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles ahead of “Super Tuesday,” and the campaign insinuating the group was endorsing the Vermont Senator. Flav wrote, “@MrChuckD are you kidding me right now???,,,over Bernie Sanders??? You wanna destroy something we’ve built over 35 years OVER POLITICS???” following the tweet with another noting, “Also .@MrChuckD,,,i’m not on drugs like you’re saying and have been clean for 10 years,,,i have battled addiction before and like millions of other Americans I know the massive toll it takes,,,Chuck you know better than to lie about shit like that,,,,”
Update 03/02/2020 9:46am:
Public Enemy released a statement on Monday (March 2), announcing that the group’s co-founder Flavor Flav has been fired. This comes after Flav sent a cease and desist letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders after Chuck D announced that he was going to perform at a rally for the presidential candidate.
Public Enemy’s statement reads, “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.” The statement added that Public Enemy will continue with their plan to perform at Sanders’ 6 pm rally at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Chuck D clarified the group’s statement on Twitter, stating that Flav “won’t do free benefit shows,” and he added that the famed hype man would’ve been up for the Sanders rally if he was getting paid.
Update 03/01/2020 9:56am:
Previously, Flavor Flav called out Bernie Sanders for trying to use Public Enemy as part of what Flav calls a “fake revolution.” Now, Chuck D has responded to the comments Flav made about the upcoming PE show at the Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles.
Chuck D said “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 attorney also said “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.”
Original 02/29/2020 4:05pm:
News recently surfaced that Public Enemy will be playing at Bernie Sanders’ rally set to take place in Los Angeles. However, Flavor Flav has come out with some news on the situation at hand, even going as far as calling Sanders’ push to become president a “fake revolution.”
In a statement made to Billboard, Flavor Flav and his team said, “We have become aware that Flavor’s bandmate and Public Enemy co-creator, Chuck D, has endorsed Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President and plans to perform at an upcoming Sanders Rally. While Chuck is certainly free to express his political views 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.”
The legendary Public Enemy member’s team concluded by saying, “Flav has always delivered his authentic self. That authenticity compels him to speak out to ensure voters are not misled and that Public Enemy’s music does not become the soundtrack of a fake revolution.”