Flavor Flav blasts Chuck D for kicking him out of Public Enemy “over politics”
Flavor Flav has fired back at Chuck D after being kicked out of Public Enemy after 37 years in a series of tweets:
.@MrChuckD are you kidding me right now???,,,over Bernie Sanders??? You wanna destroy something we've built over 35 years OVER POLITICS???,,,all because I don't wanna endorse a candidate,,,I'm very disappointed in you and your decisions right now Chuck,,,
And .@MrChuckD,,,i didn't sue you on Friday,,,i asked the @berniesanders campaign to correct misleading marketing,,,that's all it was,,,I'm not your employee,,,i'm your partner,,,you can't fire me,,,there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav,,,so let's get it right Chuck,,,
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,,,,
Flavor Flav sent a cease and desist to Bernie Sanders after Public Enemy were billed to perform at a Los Angeles rally, writing, "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." The letter continued:
It is unfortunate that a political campaign would be so careless with the artistic integrity of such iconoclastic figures in American culture. Sanders claims to represent everyman not the man yet his grossly irresponsible handling of Chuck's endorsement threatens to divide Public Enemy and, in so doing, forever silence one of our nation's loudest and most enduring voices for social change...if Bernie allows this deceptive marketing to continue without clearly correcting the messaging to reflect the true nature of this endorsement which should accurately read: "Chuck D of Public Enemy" - Senator Sanders will himself have played a part in whitewashing a key chapter in American History.
Read it in full via Flavor's instagram below.
Chuck gave a statement in response that Flavor "has a year to get his act together and get himself straight or he’s out," but shortly after gave a second statement, where he thanked Flavor "for his years of service" but stated that "Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav."