(Right Country) – The divisions in our country, whether it be over political affiliation, religion, or socio-economic status, are growing every day.
Tearing apart families, communities, our very nation.
And even 80’s hip hop group Public Enemy.
On Sunday, the group announced that “Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav.”
The split comes on the heels of Flavor Flav, real name William Jonathan Drayton Jr., sending a cease and desist letter to Sen. Sanders (I-VT) presidential campaign which accused Sanders of using his “unauthorized likeness, image and trademarked clock” to promote Sanders’ Sunday rally in Los Angeles.
Matthew Friedman, a lawyer representing Flavor Flav disputes that Public Enemy will in fact be moving on, arguing that “While Chuck is certainly free to express his political view as he sees fit — his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy”.
Friedman elaborates on his theory of joint identity in his letter saying,
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.
[Our client] has not endorsed any political candidate in this election cycle. The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading. “It is unfortunate that a political campaign would be so careless with the artistic integrity of such iconoclastic figures in American culture.
Apparently, after first hearing of the letter Chuck D gave Flavor a year to change his tune, but also gave another reason why Flav might not be feeling the Bern saying, “He has a year to get his act together and get himself straight or he’s out.” and that “Flavor chooses to dance for his money and not do benevolent work like this.”
Chuck went on Twitter with further attacks on Flav and attempting to build on his claim that splitting with Flav was not a politically motivated decision, but rather a moral one saying, “…my last straw was long ago…It’s not about BERNIE with Flav… he don’t know the difference between Barry Sanders or Bernie Sanders. He don’t know either. FLAV refused to support Sankofa after Harry Belafonte inducted us. He don’t do that.”
Chuck even felt the need to go on to shame Flav for what has seemingly been a decades-long battle with addiction tweeting in part “His ambulance lawyer sued me again on Friday & so now he stays home & better find REHAB.”
I don’t know the mental sharpness of Chuck D, or any Sanders supporter, but how can it possibly be argued that firing a guy for not wanting to work for free to support a socialist presidential campaign was not politically motivated? How is wanting to buy one’s own giant clock to wear rather than relying on the government not a political issue?
Of course, Chuck is just following the playbook, by demanding others fall in line with party doctrine, and if they won’t, you accuse them of being immoral, including the worst of all immoralities, wanting to earn a living.
Featured image credit: Kowarski – flickr.com/photos/kowarski/14021281084/