'Dukes of Hazzard' Reruns Pulled by TV Land Amid Confederate Flag Controversy
The Duke boys may be able to outrun the local cops, but they can't outrun the backlash against the Confederate flag -- because it's painted on the top of their car.
TV Land has decided to pull all reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard in response to the recent uproar over the use of the controversial flag, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the show, which ran from 1979 to 1985, the Confederate flag was emblazoned and displayed prominently on the roof of the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger, aka the General Lee, which was the vehicle of choice for Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) and Bo Duke (John Schneider).
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In the wake of the racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, which left nine dead, many have called for the removal of the Confederate flag from government buildings, and a large number of retailers have decided not to sell the flag or any merchandise containing it.
Warner Bros., who produced The Dukes of Hazzard, have also said they will no longer license toys or models of the General Lee.
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In the 2005 film adaptation of The Dukes of Hazzard, which is set in the present day, the Confederate flag does appear on the General Lee, however the film addresses the racial connotations of the flag as a number of characters in the film react negatively to it.
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