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Report: Confederate flag may be removed from 'Dukes of Hazzard' General Lee toys

The 1969 Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” known to the world as the General Lee, prominently features the Confederate flag on its roof in the popular 1970s-1980s TV show. Some reports now say the flag will be removed from certain toy versions of the car, and at least one former "Dukes" cast member tells TODAY he's furious.

Exactly what products might be altered isn't clear. As reported by ScreenCrush, a poster to HobbyTalk.com's message board wrote there that he was told by a sales rep for the Tomy toy company that "starting January 1, 2013 all Dukes of Hazzard General Lee vehicles will not be allowed to be produced with the Confederate flag on the top of the vehicle. This directive has been passed onto us from the licensor Warner Brothers."

But a Warner Bros. Consumer Products spokesperson denied the report, telling TODAY on Thursday, "We were not, and are not, planning to change the design of the General Lee on merchandise. All reports to the contrary have been inaccurate."

Despite the denial, HobbyTalk readers had no problem sharing various sightings of cars without the flag. Wrote one, "Not surprising. They have been removing the image from the model boxes for years. I have one that was a giveaway from the Kansas City Royals that has the Royals logo on the trunk and no roof flag."

Another wrote, "Was at a Hobby Lobby today. In the model kit section was a 1/25th scale General Lee ... without the Confederate flag on the roof!!! It looked strange, to say the least! It's like the Batmobile without the bat logo."

But another reader took a different stance. "I am from the West and yes to me the Confederate flag does not (represent) anything positive," he wrote. "We don't see Germans flying around the swastika flags (because) it's their history."

And yet another wrote that rather than produce a General Lee without the flag, he believed that toymakers would just stop making reproductions of the car. "Warner Bros. will no longer endorse the license for anything that has the Confederate flag on it," he wrote. "Therefore, if you are a die-cast manufacturer, your license will not be approved if your sample has a Confederate flag on it, (such as the General Lee, Hazzard County Patrol cars, Cooter's tow truck and so on) if the sample is produced without a flag then it will be issued, but no one is going to do a General Lee with just the 01s and General Lee lettering, it would look silly."

That same writer noted that with an earlier version of the General Lee, "Warner Bros. requested the flag not be seen when it was on a store shelf. A removable, body-colored cling was attached to the roof of the car to cover the flag until purchase. I knew when this happened that things would be changing soon."

Although the report still hasn't been fully confirmed, the mere idea that the General Lee could be altered has angered “Dukes of Hazzard” star Ben Jones. Jones played the General Lee's mechanic, Cooter Davenport, on "Dukes of Hazzard" and later served two terms in Congress as a Democrat from Georgia. He now owns Cooter’s Place, a chain of “Dukes of Hazzard” museums located in Gatlinburg and Nashville, Tenn.

After hearing the report, Jones released a letter of disapproval to the press on Wednesday, criticizing what he feels is a “narrow-minded, elitist” move on the part of the television studio.

“More than 33 years since the show premiered on CBS-TV on Friday nights, Warner Bros. has issued a new and terribly insulting attack on the South, a region and a culture which Hollywood has trashed for decades," Jones wrote. "Some unnamed genius at the company feels that the flag is 'offensive to some' and therefore it has no business on a classic TV comedy about a bunch of good ol' boys and girls in the Southern mountains. This is a new level of "P.C." idiocy. I don't know about you, but I am tired of being insulted by morons.”

Jones tells TODAY that the decision could hurt the "Dukes of Hazzard" brand by misrepresenting the nature of the flag to young people who watch the show.

“It will make kids unhappy and confused,” he says. “To me, they’re destroying innocence. They’re not responding to people who watch the show, they’re responding to those who don’t follow it. It’s insulting to my culture and my work.”

He adds, “The flag is a part of the almost perfect design of that car, which has been voted the most popular car in the history of film and television. That’s not going to go away. It’s an idiotic decision.”

Jones stresses that he was an avid supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, participating in countless demonstrations in the South in the 1960s. He says he believes in a deep respect for all people, but believes that to assume the Confederate flag merely represents slavery is to overlook history.

“I have a good feel for where people’s heads are on this thing and I don’t understand why it’s happening,” Jones told TODAY. “When “The Dukes of Hazzard” was a big show, it was this positive thing about the car and the culture and the kids, and that went on for years. It is a permanent part of Americana.”

 

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Are you kidding me?

If this happens I'm moving to Mexico. This country is going to hell in a handbasket. :banghead:
 

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If this happens I'm moving to Mexico.
Have fun being shot or beheaded by cartels. The US isn't that bad. But this overly politically correct garbage has to stop.
 

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You can love one's country even if you hate some policies and laws.
Blacks fought in the revolutionary war against the British even though the British offered them freedom if they fought for the British side.
Blacks fought in the Civil war against the north even though slavery was a big part of the Civil war (though it was more about the north controlling the south and slavery was just one aspect).

My point is... the Confederate flag is part of the US's history.
Why declare it non-PC and remove it from even iconic items like the General Lee?

We tend to quickly accept much simplified versions of history because they are easier to fit into sound bites and move on.
Maybe it is easier to just accept censorship than really try and understand the past. :rolleyes:
 

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Have fun being shot or beheaded by cartels. The US isn't that bad. But this overly politically correct garbage has to stop.
I used to love the US for NOT being like Europe. But sadly these days all we try to do is be like Europe. :banghead:
 

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I think the real irony here is that the ''Confederate Flag'' never really was the official flag of the confederacy. The popular version you always see, and the flag on the car, is a battle flag used by states.
 

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At the end of the day, some people feel the flag represents only a past era of southern sovereignty, while other assoicte it will Neo-Nazis and KKK groups.

But then you have the groups who see it as an association with a character intended to represent a stereotypical Southerner. Where the General Lee falls in.
 

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You can sound like a f-cking dimwit some days but this is pretty bad even for you.
Thanks. I'll take that as a compliment. :p

I take it you've never been to Europe. You have to be so politically correct in countries like the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium,...it's not even funny.
 

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Blacks fought in the Civil war against the north even though slavery was a big part of the Civil war (though it was more about the north controlling the south and slavery was just one aspect).
You know, there is no real proof of this whatsoever. In fact, it seems a lot of this is revisionist history that is based on conjecture rather than facts. But the sad truth is that, because there was a real lack of documentation on the issue, many are allowed to speak their own 'truths', much like how some interpret the bible with their own ideals.

I have no issue with the confederate flag myself. It's so ingrained in popular culture that I think it has lost it's real meaning long ago.
 

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You know, there is no real proof of this whatsoever. In fact, it seems a lot of this is revisionist history that is based on conjecture rather than facts. But the sad truth is that, because there was a real lack of documentation on the issue, many are allowed to speak their own 'truths', much like how some interpret the bible with their own ideals.
What would be the purpose of fabricating false reports of blacks fighting for the south in the Civil war? I am genuinely curious.

I did see this, and tried to counter search for complaints about the site.

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/mo/county/stlouis/blackcs.htm


But my previous post about blacks fighting for the confederacy is a moot point anyway.
The basic question here is should we censor history just because some aspects at not PC now?

How many state and country flags should we hide now because of forced child labor history (in the 1900s)?
 

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Only thing more annoying the the politically correct are the people who use every breath to point out and complain about political correctness...
And what about the people that point out how annoying it is when people point out how annoying it is when people point out how annoying it is? :laugh:

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And in this context- I think is is worth complaining about the PC.
Unless somebody can provide something that shows The Dukes of Hazard had any racism (obvious or implied- taking the show's time period in mind), then there is no reason to edit the General Lee.

I love how people like the generalize Southerners as racists.
Ever been to Chicago?
An F1 race in Spain?
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Won't someone please think of the blacks
Maybe we should remove all public GOP signage in respect of the gay and lesbians?

And on that note, maybe we should remove all GOP signage for historic racist reasons that happened long after the Civil war......
 
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