Goodbye General Lee! The iconic 1969 Dodge Charger will no longer grace the small screen in reruns, as the television series in which it had been featured in, “Dukes of Hazzard,” has been removed from the line up of TV Land due to the fact that the Confederate flag is emblazoned on its roof. This decision was impacted by the recent Charleston shooting. Read on to learn more about this story.
As part of the aftermath of the recent Charleston shooting, TV Land, which had just begun airing reruns of the late seventies and early eighties CBS show, yanked “Dukes of Hazzard” from its line up earlier this month.
This decision has been made as the General Lee, the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger which main characters Bo Duke (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) drove around in, had a Confederate flag emblazoned on its roof, which, due to the Charleston shootings, have drawn much controversy.
TV Land’s announcement, according to Deadline, came just right after Warner Brothers announced that they would no longer be distributing any merchandise that had the Confederate flag upon it, which include General Lee replicas and model kits of the iconic car.
Because of this, TV Line reported that actor Ben Jones, who was known for portraying the role of mechanic Cooter Davenport on the show, took to Facebook to share his views regarding the matter and his reaction to the ongoing issue.
According to him, the Confederate flag on top of the General Lee had nothing to do with racism. He went on to say that the Confederate flag symbolized the “values of the rural south” which include “courage…family and good times”.
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