The first time I ever saw Flavor Flav was on The Geraldo Rivera Show when I was about 12 years old. Although I was a huge fan of funtime party rap, I initially eschewed Public Enemy because of Flav’s anti-Semitic remarks.
About four years later, when watching Headbanger’s Ball (what else), I saw Public Enemy perform a remake of their song, Bring the Noise, with Anthrax. This was really significant to me because two members of the band, Danny Spitz and Scott Ian, are from Jewish families. If they could forgive, why couldn’t I?
Since then, I have been a huge Public Enemy fan. I have been to their concerts. I have forgiven but obviously not forgotten. Bring it.