Politics can get messy. And nobody knows messy like new dad Flavor Flav, which is why you would think the two would get along like a dumpster on fire. But that is not the case, according to reports. Bernie Sanders, who, like Flavor, always looks as though he’s just missed a bus, is holding a rally in Los Angeles that is set to feature, among others, Public Enemy Radio.
Now, it’s important to note that Public Enemy Radio does not contain the same lineup as the original Public Enemy. In other words, Flavor Flav is not a member of Public Enemy Radio. And chances are, Bernie’s team did not know this (as hard as it is to believe that someone as with it and hip as Bernie could be so out of the loop).
— The FADER (@thefader) February 27, 2020
Pitchfork is reporting that marketing and promo materials for this upcoming Bernie rally have, apparently, been featuring a lot of unauthorized use of Flavor’s distinctive likeness, including his trademarked clock. Well, once Flavor learned about this, he took it as a direct hit and shot back by sending the campaign, via his attorney, a cease and desist.
And as if that legal document was too professional a move, Flavor managed to get his hands on it before it was sent out, and added a touch of crazy, drawing a big clock in black marker and then writing: “Hey Bernie, Don’t Do This!!”
.@BernieSanders’s advertising that Public Enemy will rally for him in LA led @FlavorFlav to hire a divorce lawyer who said he’s “whitewashing” and pushing a “fictional revolution” and compared him to the “establishment” that called them gangsters.Also, a personal note at the end: pic.twitter.com/dciVhhXSzP
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 29, 2020
Highlights of the document (because I won’t subject your brains to reading the entire letter, but it’s there if you want to) include some of Flav’s strongly worded thoughts on politics:
“Sanders has promised to ‘Fight the Power’ with hip hop icons Public Enemy – but this Rap Icon will not be performing at the Sanders Rally…To be clear Flav and, by extension, the Hall of Fame hip hop act Public Enemy with which his likeness and name have become synonymous has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle and any suggestion to the contrary is plainly untrue. The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading.”
Enter Chuck D, current member of Public Enemy Radio and founding member of Public Enemy, who has been fighting, on and off, with Flav for years. Chuck issued a statement to HipHopDX, letting them know his thoughts on the matter:
“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.”
Neither Flavor nor Bernie has yet to respond. This is a hell of a lot of drama over a pepaw dance party. I just can’t believe that Flavor would turn down the opportunity to rub shoulders with Bernie’s biggest fan: