"Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav," Public Enemy said in a brief statement Sunday, according to Rolling Stone. "We thank him for his years of service and wish him well."Flavor Flav and Chuck D were beefing over the marketing of their group's name and likeness being used by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who held a campaign rally in Los Angeles Sunday. Sanders used both Public Enemy's name and the title of their song "Fight the Power" on promotional items. Posters of the event said "Fight the Power" in red at the top with "Bernie Sanders + Public Enemy" on the bottom.Rolling Stone reported that in a letter to Sanders, Flavor Flav's attorney wrote that Public Enemy's endorsement of Sanders was false. Only Chuck D was supporting the candidate, the letter said."While Chuck is certainly free to express his political views as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy," the letter, written by attorney Matthew H. Friedman, read. "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."Friedman's letter to Sanders also said the marketing of the event Sunday was a "grossly misleading narrative" that was "careless, irresponsible if not intentionally misleading." "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," the letter read.
Chuck D says he owns the Public Enemy trademark
Chuck D told Billboard Friday that he could perform as Public Enemy if he wanted to because "he is the sole owner of the Public Enemy trademark" and created the logo himself in the mid-80s. "Flavor chooses to dance for his money and not do benevolent work like this," Chuck D's statement to Billboard read. "He has a year to get his act together and get himself straight or he's out."On Sunday Chuck D responded to a tweet from someone who said Public Enemy without Flavor Flav isn't Public Enemy. "I would not have a PublicEnemy without a Flavor Odette," Chuck D wrote. "However I will park it in the driveway take off the plates wait to reRegister it when it's running right and drive the smart car called EnemyRadio. Then we expect your PUblicEnemy support when that vehicle is 'right' ready."Chuck D also tweeted "last final note the last final note was my last straw was long ago. It's not about BERNIE with Flav… he don't know the difference between BarrySanders or BernieSanders he don't know either.""FLAV refused to support @Sankofa after @harrybelafonte inducted us. He don't do that So I don't attack FLAV on what he don't know. I gotta leave him at the crib so y'all trying to fill his persona with some political aplomb is absolutelyRead More – Source