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.

Dukes of Hazzard News For Ya!

Dukes of Hazzard FanficThe Dukes of Hazzard airs on CMT whenever the heck CMT feels like it.  Find episodes and air times by visiting the Dukes page on, the schedule is on the left side column. It changes often, so keep an eye on it!

Meanwhile, there are Dukes of Hazzard cast appearances coming up! Check ’em out:

March 31 through April 5, 2015: Rick Hurst, “Deputy Cletus Hogg” will be at Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg, TN. Gitcher mugshot taken with one of Hazzard County’s finest!

June 6 & 7, 2015: John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Rick Hurst and Sonny Shroyer will be in Canada, eh! Namely, at a freakin’ huge car show called the Fleetwood Country Cruize-In, located in London, Ontario.

July 4, 2015: The biggest Dukes of Hazzard cast reunion of the year will be at the Cajun Country Jam in Livingston Parish, LA! The star lineup includes: Sonny Shroyer, Rick Hurst, Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, James Best, Byron Cherry and Don Pedro Colley.

Is it really 2015, with all the Dukes stuff going on? Somebody pinch us! (not there! Yowch!) Where were we…oh yeah! MORE:

July 23 through July 27, 2015: Deputy Dipstick himself, Sonny Shroyer, (Enos)  will be at Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg. Sonny is a great guy. You need to meet him.

August 7 through 9, 2015: Good ol’ boys John Schneider and Tom Wopat will be at the Fandomfest Comic Expo in Louisville, KY! Located at the Kentucky International Convention Center. This is always a fun bash, and having the Duke boys there will make it even better!

There’s actually more Dukes news where this came from, but we need to save something for the next post! Otherwise we get lazy. Meanwhile, amuse yourself at our popular facebook page, Dukes of Hazzard County!

CMT airtimes for Dukes of Hazzard episodes!

DukesofHazzardFanfic.comDukes of Hazzard News 2015

2015 is shaping up to be another good year for Dukes of Hazzard fans, with CMT showing more Dukes of Hazzard on their broadcast schedule! However, the CMT Dukes schedule is a little odd.

Since CMT likes to play hide-and-seek with their airtime schedule (now you see it, now you don’t!) we’re gonna copy and paste it right here:

The Dukes of Hazzard on CMT

  • Tuesday, January 06
  • 12:00 PM ET/PT
  • Wednesday, January 07
  • 12:00 PM ET/PT
  • Saturday, January 10
  • 6:30 PM ET/PT
  • 7:37 PM ET/PT
  • 8:44 PM ET/PT
  • 9:52 PM ET/PT
  • Sunday, January 11
  • 1:00 PM ET/PT
  • 2:00 PM ET/PT
  • 3:00 PM ET/PT
  • 4:00 PM ET/PT

You’ll notice it says “ET/PT” as if Eastern and Pacific time zones have the same broadcast time. We can only assume this is a typo, but don’t take our word for it. Also, Dukes of Hazzard airtimes on January 10 have fun variety such as 7:37 p.m. and 8:44 p.m. and 9:52 p.m. They’re just screwing with us to see if we’re paying attention. We are! It doesn’t help.

Please note, the CMT broadcast times for The Dukes of Hazzard apply to U.S. cable providers only. At this time, CMT remains the sole holder of broadcast rights for the Dukes of Hazzard, meaning you won’t find them on Netflix or Hulu. If that ever changes, we’ll let you know. CMT has owned the exclusive broadcast rights to the Dukes of Hazzard since obtaining them from TNN.

The only other way to watch Dukes of Hazzard is to own the DVD series for yourself, which is available through Amazon. You can also stream your favorite Dukes episodes on Amazon for a mere $1.99 each.

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Dukes of Hazzard Marathon on CMT airs December 12!

DodgeChargerDukes of Hazzard News: A Dukes of Hazzard marathon is scheduled on CMT for Friday, December 12, beginning at noon eastern time! No one is more surprised than us, since we finally thought we knew what the heck was going on.

Seven Dukes episodes will be airing back-to-back! Here’s the rundown, in order:

  • “The Dukes Meet Cale Yarborough”
  • “Road Pirates”
  • “Deputy Dukes”
  • “Gold Fever”
  • “Days of Shine and Roses”
  • “The Rustlers”
  • “Ghost of General Lee”

To give you some idea how fast the CMT schedule can change, and how random it is, look no further than our prior post! While we do our best to keep up with airtimes for The Dukes of Hazzard, CMT’s schedules are always subject to change. Don’t shoot the messenger if the Dukes aren’t on TV when you expect, or they’re on TV when you didn’t expect. We’re the only website that attempts to report it anymore. Have pity.

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