Fail Occurred: 5/9/1989

Strange for a radical and militant hip-hop group but, with the release of Spike Lee's joint, Do The Right Thing, Public Enemy had become really popular. So, their statements-good and the bad-were taken pretty seriously. Professor Griff, the group's "Minister of Information," infamously gave an interview to The Washington Times, saying, "Jews are responsible for the majority of the wickedness in the world," and various other Nazi and/or Nation of Islam clich├ęs. After an uproar in the media, Russell Simmons called Griff "a racist stage prop" and he was booted from the group. Sadly, this was still Professor Griff's biggest contribution to Public Enemy, as the controversy overshadowed their music at a crucial time in their career.