Warner Brothers Drops Sales of 'Dukes of Hazzard' Car With Confederate Flag
The national debate over the Confederate flag has spread to the iconic car from 'The Dukes of Hazzard,' 'The General Lee.'
The iconic car from the classic TV show The Dukes of Hazzard has now been swept up in the growing national uproar over the Confederate flag.
The toy cars of “The General Lee" -- with a Confederate flag painted on its roof -- will no longer be licensed by Warner Brothers, owners of the 80s TV show: "We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories," the company says in a statement.
“[It’s] the most beloved and famous car in the history of entertainment,” said Ben Jones, who played Cooter on the show and is upset by the decision. His website sells toys and models of “The General Lee.”
He told INSIDE EDITION’S Les Trent he doesn't intend to stop.
“People all over the world, every day, see this car in a positive light because it represents the best of the South, where there is no racism, where people do the right thing and look out for each other, black and white,” said Jones.
“The General Lee” was almost like a co-star on The Dukes of Hazzard, alongside Tom Wopat, John Schneider and Catherine Bach in her daisy duke shorts. A 2005 movie, starring Jessica Simpson in daisy dukes also featured “The General Lee” and the Confederate flag
The car is even featured in a new commercial for AutoTrader.com -- although you never see the Confederate flag on the roof.
After the shocking murders in Charleston and the heart-breaking images of the mourning for the dead, companies like Walmart, eBay, Amazon and Sears have all announced they will no longer carry Confederate flag merchandise.
Now even Gone With the Wind -- one of the most beloved movies of all time -- is coming under fire.
"Retire this racist relic," said New York Post movie critic Lou Lumenick. "If the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums as a ugly symbol of racism, what about the beloved film offering the most iconic glimpse of that flag in American culture?"
In the wake of the Charleston tragedy, icons of our popular culture are now under siege.
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