In Which I Get Kind Of Bummed Out About The Looming Flavor Flav Roast

Jul 26th, 2007 // 13 Comments

flav.jpgA clip of Snoop Dogg performing on Flavor Flav’s Comedy Central roast–which airs in a couple of weeks, and has on its bill both Carrot Top and Jimmy Kimmel–has been floating around today, and it makes reference to sleeping with Brigitte Nielsen and Flav’s resemblance to a blunt.

It actually took me a couple of hours to watch the clip because, as a friend noted, “He is Channel Zero.” (He also included a sad-face emoticon, but those don’t translate well outside the IM window.) And once I did watch, I realized that I’m going to be at a Public Enemy show this weekend, and it’ll be hard for me to get the images from Flavor Of Love out of my head during the performance. To compare: I did have a few flashbacks to Rock Of Love during Poison’s show the other night–particularly during “Fallen Angel,” the lyrical content of which likely doubles as the backstory of half that show’s contestants–but somehow it didn’t seem like too much of a bummer, probably because Poison’s music didn’t have as many “important” aspirations. Or maybe it’s only because two episodes of Rock of Love have aired so far, as opposed to four different reality series centered around Bret Michaels.

Ugh, I’m reading this over, and I feel like I’m coming off like a fuddy-duddy, or at least someone who can’t laugh at things. I don’t think I’m either–although I did prefer Charm School to either of the Flavor of Love iterations–and I know Flavor Flav wasn’t the political fulcrum of Public Enemy, but is it wrong to be sort of appalled by his transformation into a go-to punchline whose name can’t even get spelled correctly in copyedited publications? And is this what every musician who achieves some modicum of celebrity, then gets sent to the dust heap of faded stars, has to look forward to?

Video: Snoop Roasts Flavor Flav [Nah Right]

  1. Jay-C

    That “Channel Zero” comment is dead on…I was think of that when I played the song the other day and heard Flav yell “You’re watching that garbage…” You think they do the song any more?

  2. chrisb

    I am actually curious to watch this roast just to see if Chuck D participates.

  3. Maura Johnston

    he’s not mentioned on the liveblog.

  4. Nicolars

    I think Chuck D has too much common sense.

  5. janine

    I’d love to shake my head too, except for “THIS time six years ago, Flavor Flav, the flamboyant clock-wearing member of the groundbreaking rap group Public Enemy, was living in a low-rent apartment near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. He was scalping baseball tickets for extra cash, battling a long addiction to drugs and racking up arrests for driving without a license.” From a profile in the New York Times. I’d rather see him stone cold lampin’ than struggling.

    Anyways, I always thought She Watch Channel Zero is about escapism from the realities of life, particularly into soaps. Though FoL is many things, it is not an idealized version of reality.

  6. chrisb

    Thanks for that link. Yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and not watch this. My childhood just died a little…

    10:32 PM – Flav hits the stage as “Fight the Power” pumps.

  7. Bazooka Tooth

    If you’re a fuddy-duudy, count me in. Everytime i see him on a VH1 show or commercial, i think, ‘This is one of the people responsible for introducing me to politics and thinking for myself’. Then i too kind of die inside.

  8. Audif Jackson Winters III

    Wasn’t the bad TV cited in that track stuff like soap operas? “Flavor of Love” makes “Passions” seem like the work of Moliere.

  9. papercoversrock

    You’re kind of describing the feeling that I had when Flav was arrested for crack possession lo those many years ago. Everything to do with him since has somehow been both surreal (oops) and anticlimactic.

  10. drjimmy11

    I don’t think Flav was really ever into the political side of Public Enemy, and anyway, that side has really NOT aged well:

    “Farrakhan is a prophet you oughta listen to???” That’s more embarrassing than 100 reality shows.

    I always thought of Flav as the very welcome antidote to Chuck D’s self-seriousness. So this is kind of in line with that.

    Still kinda lame, though.

  11. The HZA. [member of the zombie nation]

    I saw PE last fall and it was weird because there were like 14 year old girls there screaming because they liked Flav and his show.

    I think Chuck D wanted to cry. Figuratively.

    Oh and Flav brings his own shirts to sell.

  12. dutchtwista

    not to pick nits or disrupt any pat stereotypes about el Bronx, but that “low-rent” apartment, is actually a very nice doorman condo building. Maybe the nicest in the whole borough. And it’s only cheap by insane NYC standards. You can’t be a bum and live in Executive Towers…

    now that whole shooting his neighbor’s door thing, well…crack is wack

  13. Adairdevil

    Late to the thread here, but I agree so wholeheartedly. I don’t want to lapse into some boomer-like “the kids don’t understand what the music meant!” bullshit, but on the other hand, I hate to see Public Enemy reduced to “that band the helmeted, incoherent VH-1 guy used to be in”.
    I get that Chuck D. was the earnest one (mostly; I do remember an MTV interview in which he refused to be baited into dissing then-megapopular MC Hammer on the grounds that “hey, people like to dance”), but it’s not like Flav didn’t contribute. And while I don’t wish for him to have a life of addiction, scalping, and driving disasters, surely this is not the only alternative?
    Also, I think Maura was not as saddened by Bret Michaels because RoL doesn’t quite have that same FoL floor-pooping insanity. Thus there are depths yet unplumbed.

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