Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Warner Bros. announces it will stop selling Dukes of Hazzard cars with Confederate flags
Warner Bros. has announce it will halt the production of all toys and replicas of the popular General Lee Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard” that bears the Confederate flag.
“Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof — as it was seen in the TV series.
“We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories,” Warner Bros. said in a statement.
Ben Jones, who played mechanic Cooter Davenport on the popular TV series, took to Facebook and addressed the Confederate flag controversy.
“That flag on top of the General Lee made a statement that the values of the rural south were the values of courage and family and good times.
“Our beloved symbol is now being attacked in a wave of political correctness that is unprecedented in our nation of free speech and free expression.
"Activists and politicians are vilifying southern culture and our heritage as being bigoted and racist. We know that is not the case. And we know that in Hazzard County there was never any racism.
“We are not racists. We despise racism and bigotry. And we think the people who are creating this ‘cultural cleansing’ are the real bigots in this story," Jones wrote.