Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

My Obligatory General Lee Post

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on August 31, 2012

OK, the good news is that Warner Brothers has apparently backed down and will not be removing the Confederate flag from the roof of the famous Dukes of Hazzard car. However, there will be other modifications to the vehicle:

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H/t to user Copperhead-mi at Civil War Talk for locating the image.

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  1. Will Hickox said, on September 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    It’s encouraging to see that the Southern heritage movement can still achieve the crucial, important victories that really matter for Confederate history.

    • Andy Hall said, on September 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      The idea to remove the flag from the car is dumb, but the real sideshow was the over-wrought, spittle-flecked reaction in some quarters — like this one, unedited:

      WHAT!!!!!! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE, NEXT IT WON’T EVEN BE CALLED THE GENERAL LEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I don’t understand the embrace of that show, regardless what happened to be on the roof of the car. The entire show and its humor revolved around negative stereotypes of Southerners — corrupt politicians, incompetent law enforcement, characters with names like Cletus and Cooter. Everyone remembers the corrupt, buffoonish villain of the show, J. D. “Boss” Hogg, but have they forgotten his initials stood for Jefferson Davis? Explain to me, please, how much respect that shows for Southern traditions and history.

      Seriously, if The Dukes of Hazzard is seen as a pop culture landmark in the honor and preservation of Southern culture, then it’s already long since dead.

  2. S. Thomas Summers said, on September 3, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Beep, beep.

  3. Greg Taylor said, on September 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I thought that the “Dukes of Hazzard” was a lot of fun, and so did my 10 year old stepson. He particularly liked the car chases featuring “The General Lee.” I was more interested in Daisy Duke! We did not care a whit about political or social ramifications of the show.

    • Andy Hall said, on September 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      “We did not care a whit about political or social ramifications of the show.”

      And that’s perfectly fine; it was never intended to be a deep meaning. It was a show.

      But by that same token, the folks who are up in arms about the (suggested, now rejected) removal of the CBF from the car obviously do read a lot more into it than most viewers, and that’s maybe not such a good thing.


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