Earlier this week, Western Journalism told you how the classic television show Dukes of Hazzard has been dropped by the cable network TV Land because the iconic car the Duke boys drove around had a Confederate flag painted on its top. The show was canned by the net that carries programs such as The Brady Bunch and Leave It to Beaver, not because the characters were racist or the story lines depicted racist themes, but because of a symbol atop the show’s familiar 1969 Dodge Charger — a symbol that is now the target of what could be called a relentless PC purge.
It was back in the mid 1980’s when CBS stopped production of Dukes of Hazzard with its “Good Ol’ Boys” theme song performed by Waylon Jennings. A big fan of the show later stepped up and bought one of the official vehicles used in the filming — one of the General Lee cars. That fan was pro golfer and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson.
Now the third-ranked golfer in the world, Watson let his fans and followers know on Thursday that he would not keep the classic car and TV star in its original condition. The news broke big on social media after Watson tweeted his plan for painting over the Confederate flag on the General Lee and replacing it with an American flag.
According to a report in the Pensacola News Journal, Bubba Watson bought the General Lee at auction: “Watson became the proud owner of the General Lee 01 in 2012 after spending $110,000 at auction to win the iconic orange 1969 Dodge Charger used by the Duke brothers in the popular 80s TV show ‘Dukes of Hazzard.’”
Reaction on social media to the pro golfer’s decision to remove the Confederate flag from the vehicle was mixed, with many people questioning or criticizing the move to fundamentally transform a piece of TV history.
There’s no word, as yet, on whether Bubba Watson will also eliminate from the General Lee the name “General Lee,” which, of course, refers to Robert E. Lee, the commanding general and brilliant tactician of the Confederate Army.
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