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Should General Lee From Dukes Of Hazzard Show Be Canceled Due To Confederate Imagery?

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The Dukes Of Hazzard television show entertained fans of all races during its original run. However, with the recent backlash of the Confederate flag and statues, there is now discussion on the show’s iconic car. Could the show end up on the chopping block forever with current political landscape?

The General Lee, is famously the representation of the show for many with its Confederate flag atop the car. It’s as big as day and visibly evident in every single episode of the long-running show.

The show has received backlash in the past for the symbol. After the murder of nine Black people in a South Carolina church, General Lee came under heat for airing on TV Land, at the time the only network airing reruns of the show, quickly pulled “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Today the show is only available on the Amazon streaming service ever since the incident as no network dares to run the show. “The situation in the country has obviously changed in the last 40 years,” Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke, told The Hollywood Reporter. “I feel fortunate to be living in a time when we can address some of the injustices of the past.”

He believes the General Lee with the Confederate imagery does not represent the same history of slavery and racism by concluding “But the car is innocent,”.

John Schneider, who played Bo Duke, stated “I have never had an African-American come up to me and have any problem with it whatsoever.” He further added that he thinks the political correct movement “has gotten way out of hand.”

The show’s creator, Gy Waldron, leaned on the trope that the flag is a symbol of southern heritage and pride, not hate. “I had relatives fight on both sides of the Civil War and we honored both the American and Confederate flags,” he said. “No one even connected the Confederate flag with slavery. It was simply a part of our Southern culture.”