The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – the Banning of the Dukes of Hazzard

GLbyHeathdroDeviantArtTelevision shows don’t get much more innocent than The Dukes of Hazzard. The heroes in Dukes didn’t carry guns; they didn’t backtalk their elders; they helped their friends and neighbors; they were kind to animals; they befriended strangers in need.

These distinctions did not save the show from the rash of political correctness raging through corporate America. During June 2015, TV Land quietly stopped airing the Dukes of Hazzard. While no official explanation was given, it’s clear the rebel flag adorning the roof of the General Lee was the reason.

The purging didn’t stop there. Barnes & Noble, Target and other retailers pulled Dukes of Hazzard DVD’s off the shelves, preventing them from being purchased. A Barnes & Noble employee told us directly that the DVD’s were being pulled and shipped back to the distribution warehouse. We can only speculate that they will be disposed of and written off as unsalable merchandise.

Amazon is still selling the series, but some seasons are getting hard to find, and resellers are marking up remaining copies far above typical price. There is speculation that Warner Bros. will not permit any further printing of Dukes of Hazzard DVD’s after the existing retail supply is exhausted.

While the majority of Americans think that picking on The Dukes of Hazzard is going too far with the purging of the rebel flag, there seems to be little hope for the future of Hazzard County.

Ben Jones continues to speak out against the pointless censorship of all things bearing the rebel battle flag, but despite his valid points, no one is listening. The assault against the flag continues unabated; it is not allowed defense. Merely allowing the flag to exist anywhere, in any form, other than a museum, is politically incorrect – and therefore disallowed.

When political correctness controls us, when censorship becomes the order of the day, when history and its monuments are erased…we become something worse than what we’re trying to hide. Today it’s a rebel flag. Soon, it will be some other symbol that holds the potential to offend. Maybe it’s a cross. Maybe it’s a sports logo. Quick, sanitize our municipal displays, change our team names and mascots…oh wait, we’re doing that already.

So where does it end?

Who decides what can be expressed, purchased, viewed? Under what conditions?

The government? Corporations? Special interest groups?

Or you?

End of the Road for the General Lee

After 36 years as an American icon, recognized and beloved around the world, the General Lee, as we know it, is no more.

Before we go further, let us remember the victims of the event that sparked the social and political firestorm.

On June 17, 2015, a racist punk killed 9 innocent people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. 5 others were wounded. This horrific act was a hate crime against God-fearing, law-abiding citizens in a holy sanctuary. We encourage you to view the slideshow and learn about the lives that were lost. Too little has been said about the victims during a politically-charged week.

The shooter has had more attention. 21-year old Dylann Roof, an unemployed high-school school drop-out, drug-user and white supremacist, used the money he got for his 21st birthday to buy a .45-caliber Glock handgun. He bought it legally, and used it to carry out his rampage. In the days that followed his capture, photos emerged of him alongside of a Confederate flag.

An appalled nation reacted swiftly: the rebel flag bore the blame. Let’s face it, discussion of any type of gun control is taboo. Blaming the killer’s family, for giving him money for an unnamed purpose, is also impolite. Blaming the system for letting him roam loose after there were ample warning signs can’t be done. How about blaming the shooter?

Instead, in a well-intended surge of social outrage, demands to remove the Confederate battle flag – and historic Confederate landmarks – were loudly issued. A politician led the charge, and a groundswell of support rapidly followed.

Amazon, Walmart and ebay announced they would cease sales of any rebel flag products. Flag manufacturers promised to stop making rebel flags. And finally, Warner Bros. announced it would no longer allow production of any General Lee products bearing the rebel flag. Apple then pulled gaming apps that were Civil-War themed. A New York Times article went further and suggested that “Gone with the Wind” should be banned, because it “romanticized” slavery.

Recently, a Pittsburgh t-shirt store that planned to use a General Lee for promotional purposes, canceled the car’s appearance, and arranged for a “Bluesmobile” instead. All this, in less than a week.

Attacking the rebel flag – and all things related to the South, in fact or fiction, isn’t going to solve anything. In the zeal to purge society of people like Dylann Roof, they are hanging Bo Duke. This misdirected activism will not prevent future mass shootings. It will not prevent acts of police brutality, and it will not cure racism.

In the rush for a politically-correct response to a senseless act of violence, some well-meaning folks are rebflagshowing intolerance for a differing opinion about the rebel battle flag.

To Dukes of Hazzard fans, the rebel flag is a good ol’ boy thing, never meaning no harm. It’s a banner of Southern pride. The epitome of rebel spirit. Fightin’ the system. Defiance against the odds. Never give up.

We know this flag has been used by others for vile purposes, purposes that we do NOT agree with. We respect opposing viewpoints. But attempting to sanitize everything that might be deemed offensive will only lead to ruin. Banning symbols, banning books, removing monuments, and eliminating toys and games is its own brand of oppression.

“Home For Christmas” Album by Wopat and Schneider Brings Holiday Cheer!

HomeForChristmasWopat_SchneiderDukes of Hazzard News – November 17, 2014: Dukes of Hazzard co-stars Tom Wopat and John Schneider have released Home for Christmas, their co-produced holiday album, after a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Home For Christmas features 18 warm and inspiring Christmas songs performed by a classic jazz ensemble, complemented by Wopat and Schneider’s rich, mellow vocals.

Wopat and Schneider each had a number of hits on the Country Billboard charts in the 1980’s. While both of them have enjoyed independently successful music careers, including Broadway theater roles and studio recordings, they have also performed many concerts together. Producing an album together was always talked about, but studio backing proved elusive – and self-producing would prove expensive.

Enter Kickstarter. In 2014, when the “Duke Boys” decided to make a Christmas album, they appealed to longtime Dukes of Hazzard fans for help. The goal was to raise $60,000 dollars by August 1st, with a promise that the album itself would be out in October. Not only did Wopat and Schneider meet their goal, but they went over it! The total amount raised on Kickstarter was over $73,000. On October 28, 2014, Home For Christmas was released.

The question that all fans of Tom Wopat and John Schneider have, is… just how good is the album? For answer, here is a YouTube clip of one song from the album:

Time has not softened the voices of these TV icons, Billboard chart-toppers and Broadway stars. Any fans that want to help celebrate the Home for Christmas CD release can go to the party at Joe’s Pub on Dec 2 at 9:30 p.m., located at 425 Lafayette Street in New York City. In the meantime, be sure to get The Home For Christmas album for yourself!

– article by Jax

15 Reasons Why the Dukes of Hazzard is Insanely Popular!

GeneralLeeLogoEditIn no particular order….

1. Everybody likes fightin’ the system.

2. Cars! Cars! CARS!!

3. The General Lee (see #2, “cars”)

4. Daisy Duke = every boy’s first crush

5. Crazy car stunts (see points #2 and #3)

6.  Wholesome family fun

7. Southern pride / country pride / chicken fried

8. Bo and Luke Duke = good ol’ Boy hunk-a-rama

9. Uncle Jesse

10. Boss Hogg  

11. Rosco

12. Cooter – the hardest working man in Hazzard County

13. Sliding across car hoods and climbing through the windows = COOL

14. Bows and arrows with dynamite sticks = GENIUS

15. Happy endings!

What’s YOUR favorite thing about the Dukes of Hazzard?

The Dukes of Hazzard Return to CMT!

GLbyHeathdroDeviantArt2014 is shaping up to be a good year for Dukes of Hazzard fans, as CMT has returned “The Dukes of Hazzard” to its broadcast schedule! Best of all, the Dukes will be shown in HD quality for the very first time!

A Dukes of Hazzard marathon will air on Sunday, January 5, 2014 on CMT, with several episodes shown back-to-back. The week of January 6 through 10, Dukes episodes will air twice a day.

After that, the schedule changes some more, and you’ll have fun programming your DVR to keep up with it. Plan ahead by visiting the Dukes of Hazzard TV airtime schedule on CMT. As always, check your local listings to confirm scheduling in your area!

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