The rapper is accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of utilizing his “likeness, image and trademarked clock in promotional materials” with out his permission.

As it seems, Flavor Flav isn’t Feeling the Bern.

With Public Enemy slated to carry out at a Bernie Sanders rally on Sunday in Los Angeles, a founding member of the legendary hip-hop group (a.ok.a. William Drayton) is accusing the Vermont senator of misappropriating his likeness and selling “a false narrative” that the group has endorsed his marketing campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“We have become aware that Flavor’s bandmate and Public Enemy co-creator, Chuck D, has endorsed Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President and plans to perform at an upcoming Sanders Rally,” reads an open letter written by lawyer Matthew H. Friedman of Nevada regulation agency Ford & Friedman that was despatched to Billboard on Friday (Feb. 28). “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. Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is, there is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav.”

The letter goes on to accuse the Sanders marketing campaign of the unauthorized use of Flavor Flav’s “likeness, image and trademarked clock in promotional materials” which have been circulated to advertise the forthcoming rally, despite the fact that he is not going to be collaborating within the occasion.

“Sanders has promised to ‘Fight the Power’ with hip hop icons Public Enemy – but this Rap Icon will not be performing at the Sanders Rally,” the letter continues. “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. The continued publicizing of this grossly misleading narrative is, at a minimum, careless and irresponsible if not intentionally misleading.”

The letter goes on to name the Sanders marketing campaign a “fake revolution” and claims that Flav is “reaching out, not in the spirit of division, but for the sake of unity in the hope of preserving the integrity of the Public Enemy Movement and the faith and trust his millions of fans around the world have placed in him.”

When reached for remark, Chuck D despatched the next assertion to Billboard: “Flavor chooses to dance for his money and not do benevolent work like this. He has a year to get his act together and get himself straight or he’s out.”

In his personal assertion, a lawyer for Chuck D added, “From a authorized standpoint, Chuck may carry out as Public Enemy if he ever needed to; he’s the only real proprietor of the Public Enemy trademark. He initially drew the emblem himself within the mid-80’s, can also be the inventive visionary and the group’s main songwriter, having written Flavor’s most memorable strains.”

Flav has had a rocky relationship with Public Enemy through the years. In August 2017, the rapper sued Chuck D and members of the group’s manufacturing and administration workforce, claiming he had not been receiving royalties or been compensated for the sale of Public Enemy merchandise bearing his title and likeness, amongst different claims. He additional alleged that Public Enemy’s final album, 2017’s Nothing Is Quick within the Desert, was launched with out his data or consent and included vocals “not up to his standards of quality.”

Read the complete letter beneath.

Re: Creating Division inside Public Enemy by way of Appropriation of Likeness

Senator Sanders,

We have been retained to symbolize the pursuits of William Drayton p.ok.a. Flavor Flav concering latest false reporting of Public Enemy’s endorsement of the Bernie Sanders marketing campaign in addition to the unauthorized use of his likeness, picture and trademarked clock in promotional supplies circulated by the marketing campaign and its community of on-line operatives in assist of Bernie’s upcoming rally.

We have change into conscious that Flavor’s bandmate and Public Enemy co-creator, Chuck D, has endorsed Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President and plans to carry out at an upcoming Sanders Rally. While Chuck is definitely free to specific his political opinions as he sees match – his voice alone doesn’t converse for Public Enemy. The deliberate efficiency will solely be Chuck D of Public Enemy, it is not going to be a efficiency by Public Enemy. Those who actually know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it’s, there isn’t any Public Enemy with out Flavor Flav.

It seems the Sanders marketing campaign has been content material to sit down again and permit the media to advertise a false narrative to the American individuals. Sanders has promised to “Fight the Power” with hip hop icons Public Enemy – however this Rap Icon is not going to be performing on the Sanders Rally. To be clear Flav and, by extension, the Hall of Fame hip hop act Public Enemy with which is likeness and title have change into synonymous has not endorsed any political candidate on this election cycle and any suggestion on the contrary is plainly unfaithful. The continued publicizing of this grossly deceptive narrative is, at a minimal, careless and irresponsible if not deliberately deceptive.

Flav is reaching out, not within the spirit of division, however for the sake of unity within the hope of preserving the integrity of the Public Enemy Movement and the religion and belief his hundreds of thousands of followers around the globe have positioned in him. Over greater than 30 years within the public highlight – whether or not on tv or radio – Flav has at all times delivered his genuine self. That authenticity compels him to talk out to make sure voters usually are not misled and that Public Enemy’s music doesn’t change into the soundtrack of a faux revolution.

This is hardly the primary time the institution has tried to outline Flav and Public Enemy. They claimed he and his bandmates have been drug dealing gang members – they weren’t. They have been artists utilizing their music and platform to combat injustice, advocate for his or her neighborhood and try for fact and transparency in opposition to an institution which needed to maintain individuals at midnight. With songs like 911 is a Joke; Fight The Power; Harder Than You Think; and Don’t Believe The Hype Flavor Flav and Public Enemy didn’t simply discuss revolution – they began one which caused actual lasting systemic change. The Public Enemy Movement can’t permit its cultural identification, likeness and life’s work to be misappropriated by political operatives in assist of a fictional revolution – Don’t Believe The Hype!

It is unlucky {that a} political marketing campaign can be so careless with the inventive integrity of such iconoclastic figures in American tradition. Sanders claims to symbolize everyman not the person but his grossly irresponsible dealing with of Chuck’s endorsement threatens to divide Public Enemy and, in so doing, ceaselessly silence considered one of our nation’s loudest and most enduring voices for social change. Perhaps Sanders didn’t intend to sow these irreconcilable variations however, by and thru his disregard for the reality, he has nonetheless. If Bernie permits this misleading advertising and marketing to proceed with out clearly correcting the messaging to replicate the true nature of this endorsement which ought to precisely learn: “Chuck D of Public Enemy” – Senator Sanders will himself have performed a component in whitewashing a key chapter in American History.

Bernie, his title is Flavor Flav and he does NOT approve your message!

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