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Old 06-25-2015, 01:18 AM   #132 (permalink)
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Dukes of Hazzard star Ben Jones defends Confederate flag as hotrod is redesigned



Even a car is getting into strife over America's divisive Confederate flag: now a toy version of the iconic car from the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard is getting a makeover to remove the image emblazoned across its cabin, with one of the show's stars speaking up to defend the flag.

Ben Jones, who played Cooter in The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-85) is defending the flag as a symbol of the spirit of independence, writing on Facebook that the flag is being attacked in a "wave of political correctness" that ignores its meanings for the rural South as representing courage, family and good times.

Jones, a former US congressmen representing Georgia as a Democrat for four years, joins a passionate debate over the flag's place in contemporary culture following its association with the shooting deaths of nine people at an historic black church in Charleston last week.

Rolling Stone reports that the toy version of the General Lee, an orange Dodge Charger from the TV series, will be re-designed. This follows a call by a former South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol, a call that spurred big US retailers to promise to stop selling items bearing the contentious image.

A spokesman for Warner Bros. Consumer Products, which licenses the rights to The Dukes of Hazzard merchandise, told Rolling Stone the company had "elected to cease the licensing of these product categories".

But the General Lee will still be seen on television, as The Dukes of Hazzard is still popular on cable networks.

Amazon, Wal-Mart, Sears, eBay, Google Shopping and Etsy have all announced they would stop selling items featuring the Confederate flag but there has been a counter-response: according to the New York Times collectors are surging to stock up on such merchandise before it becomes scarce. The General Lee, emblazoned with the flag, will no doubt become a pricey item.

TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS AND FANS FROM BEN JONES AKA “COOTER”I THINK ALL OF HAZZARD NATION UNDERSTANDS THAT THE...
Posted by Ben Cooter Jones on Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Jones and his wife own three "Cooter's museum" stores that celebrate The Dukes of Hazzard and its fictional Hazzard County, but they are adamant Confederate items will not be removed from sale.

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