If there’s one thing that Ben “Cooter” Jones can’t stand, it’s somebody messin’ with The Dukes of Hazzard. This time, it’s CMT’s “Party Down South” commercials that have drawn the ire of Hazzard County’s finest mechanic and staunchest supporter.
The so-called reality TV series “Party Down South” has been heavily promoted during the Dukes of Hazzard broadcasts on CMT. So heavily, in fact, that we find it pure irony that CMT takes 15 minutes away from one show in order to promote another. How about ya’ll air one show at a time and leave it at that? But the real complaint isn’t the time, it’s the smutty content being promoted during a family TV show.
Ben Jones has always been very protective of the Dukes of Hazzard, as we detailed in a post on our “cousin” website, DukesofHazzardCounty.com. And so it comes as no surprise that ol’ Cooter is once again sounding the Dixie horn, rallying fans to the cause. He asks ya’ll to head on over to CMT’s facebook page and post your objections to “Party Down South” commercials airing during the Dukes.
Some fans have expressed concern about Ben’s latest round of campaigning, wondering if it’s wise to complain to CMT since they only recently brought the Dukes of Hazzard back on the air. Are we biting the hand that feeds us? Or, in showing that we give a damn, are we preserving the nature of what the Dukes are all about?
We see it like this. Since the Dukes of Hazzard is a pretty much a clean show, and is mostly being aired during family viewing hours, it stands to reason that CMT should air commercials that speak to a family audience. That’s Marketing 101.
But CMT seems desperate to promote Party Down South. Flat-out desperate. Maybe because it’s likely to fail, and they don’t want anyone to say that it wasn’t because they didn’t promote it enough? In 35 years, will anybody be talking about Party Down South?
We sincerely doubt it. Long Live the Dukes of Hazzard!