Did Bernie Sanders break-up Public Enemy?

Public Enemy
Public Enemy at New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Public Enemy
Even before Bernie Sanders huge loss on Super Tuesday to Joe Biden – with the help of a large African-American turnout, Sanders had pissed off a lot black folks when he played the part of Yoko Ono and helped break-up iconic rap group, Public Enemy.

The Sanders campaign had been using the group’s image and music during it’s rallies, which didn’t sit well with one of the group’s founding members, Flavor Flav.

Flav sent a cease and desist letter to the Sanders campaign. Flav’s cease and desist didn’t sit well with another of the group’s founding members, Chuck D, who is a Sanders supporter.

All of this lead to Flav’s firing from the group – Chuck D legally owns the Public Enemy name. Flav was thanked for his years of service and cut loose.

Wanting to set the record straight, Flav spoke with The Guardian, telling the outlet he doesn’t have a beef with Sanders, his issues are with Chuck D because D said they would perform at a Sanders event to which Flav didn’t agree with, “Why try to say I’m a part of something I’m not a part of? That was all Chuck D.”

Chuck D fired back on Twitter basically calling Flav out on his lack of knowledge about politics.

“My last straw was long ago,” he said on Twitter. “It’s not about Bernie with Flav … he don’t know the difference between. Barry Sanders or Bernie Sanders … So I don’t attack Flav on what he don’t know.”


Group member, Professor Griff, put in his two cents on the matter. Siding with neither Chuck nor Flav, Griff expressed his amazement that political alignment is the catalyst that has broken up one of music’s most influential anti-establishment groups.

A few years ago, Flav sued Chuck over unpaid earnings. The group was about to make a comeback until this latest incident.

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