An Open Letter To Chuck D: What Do You Think Of Flavor Flav Now?

Dear Chuck D, So last night I checked out Flav's new show Under One Roof — the MyNetwork sitcom that can best be described as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air meets a KKK cartoon — and I was wondering if you checked it out. 'Cause if you had, you woulda seen that it's horribly minstrel-y, stupid, sexist, and most offensive of all, just not funny. And while we can all claim cognitive dissonance or "but Flav is really like that" when he's dancing around in tuxedo tails and white gloves or proclaiming his love of fried chicken and Hennessey on his reality show Flavor of Love, the same can't be said for a scripted television show that relies on negative racial and gender stereotypes as a premise. Seriously, I wanna know — what do you have to say about this?


Last year, when you and Professor Griff were interviewed by Tavis Smiley, you discussed Flav's reality TV personality and said:

You know what it is; we boil it down to us. It's like, it's that every Black family always got that one person. And even when White folks say it in America, I say, "Oh, you done forgot that there was Billy Carter, huh?"

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And that's kinda acceptable, but I think that Griff's statement — on people's renewed interest in Public Enemy due to Flav's VH1 success — was a little more accurate:

Flavor drew all of those people that we could never reach. So he drew them to us and we got a chance to at least interact with them, to raise a conscious level.

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I believe that you're a smart, genuine guy Chuck, even though I don't know you from Adam, but I'm wondering if you've even watched some of the shit that Flav's been doing lately, because it may sell concert tickets, but in the end, I think it reflects really poorly not only on you and Public Enemy, but on humanity.

xoxo,
T

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Rooo sez BISH PLZ

I worked for PE in the era when it was thought that the Nation of Millions Would Never Be Held Back. (Post-Fear of a Black Planet; pre-whatever that disaster was on VH1 with Brigitte Nielsen).

Trust me. If you go to an event where Chuck is speaking now, you are probably not gonna hear about Flav - Flav just doesn't have a lot of quotes on national economic and communications policy; they aren't his principal areas of interest these days.