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.

The Duke Boys and General Lee Return in the New Autotrader Commercial!

We’ve got to hand it to Autotrader.com – they managed to put together a commercial that’s as much fun as a Dukes of Hazzard episode. John Schneider and Tom Wopat reprise their roles as Bo and Luke Duke as they tear across the countryside in a race from the law.

Now, we’re happy that Autotrader created this, in fact we’re thrilled, so we’re very hesitant to pick at the video. But we are a little sad that Autotrader took pains to avoid showing the roof of the General Lee – and therefore avoided showing the flag.

In fact, the car was never referred to as the “General Lee” at any point. Even when the lettering for the General Lee should have been visible, in the showroom scene, debris on the car conveniently hid the letters.

We’re guessing that these strategic omissions were made out of an abundance of political correctness; Autotrader is going after a mass audience, after all, and not simply pandering to Dukes fans. We understand that. We still enjoyed the commercial, and have to give it kudos for capturing the fun-loving spirit of The Dukes of Hazzard. Heck, we even learned something about Autotrader in the process!


Dukes of Hazzard on air June 6, 2014…maybe!

BoandGL011814Dukes news! A Dukes of Hazzard marathon is scheduled for Friday, June 6 starting at noon eastern on CMT.

Per reports from fans, CMT has advertised this on their broadcast station, though it has NOT been updated on their facebook page or website.

For this reason, we’re sharing the news as we have it, but we can’t promise it’s 100% accurate, since CMT isn’t being consistent across its own media.

Cable TV schedules from Time Warner and Optimum also show the Dukes airing June 6 starting at noon eastern, 11:00 a.m. central. It’s interesting that CMT’s own facebook page and website isn’t confirming this as of yet. They’re probably too busy promoting “Party Down South.”

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The Dukes of Hazzard Turns 35!

DOH35YearBadgeThe Dukes of Hazzard first hit the air on January 26, 1979, bringing the General Lee and the Duke boys to television screens across America. It was a simple show about two good ol’ boys fightin’ the system, but it became a cultural phenomenon. The Dukes of Hazzard remains one of the most popular television shows of all time.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Dukes of Hazzard, CMT will broadcast an 8-hour Dukes of Hazzard Marathon on Sunday, January 26, 2014, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern. Viewers are encouraged to make social media noise via #Dukes35 on Twitter. CMT will be choosing fan names and their favorite Dukes facts to air during the marathon.

Tune in, enjoy the Dukes of Hazzard, and be a part of this milestone in television history! YEEHAAA!

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?