Leading Democrat presidential candidate and millionaire socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) held a rally in Los Angeles on Sunday with celebrities hip hop legend Chuck D. of Public Enemy, TV icon Dick Van Dyke and foul-mouthed comedian Sarah Silverman.
But founding member Flavor Flav spoke out before the Bernie rally saying he would not be joining the group at the rally.
So he got fired.
NBC News reported:
Public Enemy fired Flavor Flav, the band announced Sunday, after the rapper had sent a cease and desist letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders in response to an announcement that group co-founder Chuck D planned to perform under the group’s name at a rally for the presidential candidate.
“Public Enemy and Public Enemy Radio will be moving forward without Flavor Flav,” said a statement obtained by Rolling Stone. “We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”
The statement said that Public Enemy Radio, a Public Enemy offshoot led by Chuck D and featuring DJ Lord, Jahi and the S1Ws would go on with their plan to perform at Sanders’ 6 p.m. rally at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The rally and show were livestreamed on Sanders’ website next to donation option buttons.
On Friday, Flav’s lawyer sent a letter to the Sanders campaign alleging that the performance at the political rally would use Flav’s “unauthorized likeness” and “image” for promotion purposes.