We recently shared with you that Warner Bros., the licensing company for the Dukes of Hazzard toys and merchandise, has decided that the Confederate flag is too offensive. Warner Bros. will no longer endorse anything from the show with the rebel flag displayed, particularly toy and model cars of the infamous Dodge Charger that every gearhead grew up watching in the early 1980s.
That alone has sparked an outrage amongst fans from the hit television show, and it has also spurned some pretty intense memes – some of which fans have also found very offensive. Retailers like Walmart and eBay have also decided to stop selling items that have the flag displayed.
If that act wasn’t bad enough, we now find out from news that hit the interwebs on July 1st that all Dukes of Hazzard reruns will be pulled by TV Land, meaning no more high-flying Duke boys in the General Lee Charger on that channel. TV Land is the television channel produced by Viacom Entertainment Group, and we are wondering if this cancellation will create a domino effect with other stations that air the show.
According to ABC News, TV Land has not commented on the issue, and has only stated that they have pulled the show from their schedule. Fans of the Duke boys and their beloved Dixie rebel can still find episodes on CMT Television, according to ABC News, however a search on the CMT Television site didn’t bring back the results we had hoped for. CMT, incidentally, is also part of the Viacom Entertainment Group network.
Ben Jones, the actor who played the lovable mechanic Cooter Davenport on the hit show, has posted a message to his Facebook page supporting the flag and what it stands for in his eyes. He wrote, “That flag on the top of the General Lee made a statement that the values of the the rural South were the values of courage and family and good times.” While we are not fans of the hate and church burnings that have occurred in the South, many of us grew up seeing that flag the same way Jones views it, and don’t feel that the flag represents the acts of racism that have occured.
Last year, Auto Trader ran a commercial featuring the General Lee and the Duke boys, but a quick scan for that video and we find that has also been pulled from their YouTube channel as well. A petition on Change.org has started gathering signatures to stop the ban on Dukes of Hazzard, and as of this writing they have a little over 15,000 supporters, just over 9,000 shy of the needed 25,000 signatures. Do you feel that we, as a nation, have become way too oversensitive and that removal of this flag and anything that bears it has gone way too far? Or do you have a different point of view that you’d like to share with us? Let us know in the comments section below.