Flavor Flav has a problem with Bernie Sanders’ use of his likeness and Public Enemy’s name for his campaign.
The Public Enemy co-creator sent a cease and desist letter via lawyers to Sanders. Flav’s bandmate and Public Enemy co-creator Chuck D has publicly endorsed Sanders for the Democratic nominee for president and plans to perform at a rally for the senator in Los Angeles.
In the letter, Flav’s lawyers mentioned that neither he nor the legendary group have not endorsed any candidate.
“While Chuck is certainly free to express his political views as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy,” Flav’s lawyers wrote. “The planned performance will only be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it will not be a performance by Public Enemy… 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.”
“It is unfortunate that a political campaign would be so careless with the artistic integrity of such an iconoclastic figures in American culture,” the letter reads. “Sanders claims to represent everyman not the man yet his grossly irresponsible handling of Chuck’s endorsement threatens to divide Public Enemy and, in doing so, forever silence one of the nation’s loudest and most enduring voices for social change.
“Perhaps Sanders didn’t intend to sow these irreconcilable differences but, by and through his disregard for the truth, he has nonetheless.”