What do Reba fans and Dukes of Hazzard fans have in common? They both hate CMT’s “Party Down South” commericals!

DodgeChargerCMT’s raunchy “Party Down South” commercials have raised the ire of more than one group of television fans.

When we peeked at CMT’s Facebook page, we saw plenty of negative comments about “PDS” from Dukes of Hazzard fans – and then we saw negative comments from “Reba” fans!

The Reba fan who best summed up the problem of “Party Down South” commercials was Mike Zinke, who posted:

“It is 5:52 in the evening here in northern Michigan, I’m watching Reba and the trash commercial for Party Down South plays over and over. Mind you I have my 7 and 5 year old daughters watching with me. So it is not just during the Dukes. CMT seems to refuse to address how they justify having family friendly shows with trashy commercials on. Now thanks to CMT my little girls know what boobs can do to boys.”

A Dukes of Hazzard fan, Kristopher Gardner, posted a concise, but similar complaint: “My kids love dukes but I refuse to let them watch them on CMT because of the trashy commercials.”

And there are many more complaints where these came from, peppered on CMT’s “The Dukes Ride Again” Facebook page, as well as the main CMT Facebook page. Will any of it make a difference? We don’t know. But we’re glad to see that Dukes fans are not alone in their displeasure.

Crazy Cooter is Still Fightin’ the System – Ben Jones Blasts “Party Down South”

BenJonesCooterIf 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!