In these politically correct days, anything with a confederate flag is being removed from both virtual and literal shelves in an effort to rid the landscape of the now-vilified symbol of the old South. Warner Brothers has joined the fray, and the General Lee will be losing its car-top artwork, according to Alabama.com.
The General Lee, as many Generation Y persons remember, was the iconic car that Bo and Luke Duke used to escape the evil clutches of Boss Hogg and Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane in The Dukes of Hazard. And, as a symbol of pride, emblazoned on top was the confederate flag.
Times, and sensitivities, have changed. After white supremacist gunman Dylann Storm Roof’s attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, came word of his racist manifesto and his car license plate with the confederate flag emblem. Since the tragedy, calls for the removal of the confederate flag have grown louder and bigger.
Enter Warner Brothers, the movie studio that owns the rights to The Dukes of Hazard franchise, car-top confederate logo and all. The big movie studio has decided to jump on the bandwagon and have decided future models will no longer feature the sinister flag. The 1969 Dodge Charger models will just have more of that orange color, no image whatsoever.
“Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof – as seen in the TV series. We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories.”
Though some die-hard confederate flag lovers still consider the flag a symbol for the good the south stood for, recent events have dictated otherwise. The confederate flag now stands for the hatred that Roof felt when he cold-bloodedly walked into that church and took nine lives, let alone destroying the families and friends of those taken. The times, they are a-changin’, and it’s time to remove this symbol that now stands for racism and hatred.
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