The previous stars of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which depicted the adventures of two “fantastic ol’ boys” defying corrupt cops in a fictionalized Georgia county, have made available their get on the show’s popular use of the Accomplice flag.
John Schneider and Tom Wopat, who performed Bo and Luke Duke, respectively, from 1979 to 1985, explained to The Hollywood Reporter that the show’s famed car or truck — a tailored 1969 Dodge Charger that was referred to as “General Lee” and had a Accomplice flag on its roof — was not essentially an concern.
“I have under no circumstances had an African American arrive up to me and have any trouble with it whatsoever,” reported John Schneider, 60, adding that the “politically correct era has gotten way out of hand.”
“‘Dukes of Hazzard’ was a unifying power,” Schneider explained. “Mom, Grandma, absolutely everyone preferred to look at it together. But who benefits from division? ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ has been shot down, I feel unfairly. We haven’t missed a era nevertheless, but we may possibly pass up this subsequent one.”
Schneider has expressed similar views in the previous, most notably on his YouTube channel. He has produced films challenging viewers to engage in “tough questions” on no matter whether “The Dukes of Hazzard” was “a racially billed display,” decried division in the United States and criticized COVID-19 constraints. Schneider has also brought up the subject of Black Accomplice troopers who “enlist[ed] willingly, heroically and nobly to the South” on his channel — something the American Civil War Museum has referred to as a fantasy.
Wopat, 68, presented a additional nuanced response to the controversy, acknowledging that “the predicament in the country has naturally improved in the past 40 decades.”
“I truly feel fortunate to be residing in a time when we can handle some of the injustices of the past,” Wopat explained. “But the motor vehicle is innocent.”
Gy Waldron, the 87-year-outdated creator of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” argued that he “had family battle on both of those sides of the Civil War and [they] honored both the American and Accomplice flags.”
“No just one even linked the Confederate flag with slavery,” Waldron explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “It was merely a part of our Southern culture.”
Historians have spoken out versus separating the Confederate flag and the governing administration it represented from the slave trade, pointing out that seceding states specifically talked about a want to crack from a president “whose views and applications are hostile to slavery.”
The notable usage of the Confederate flag on “The “Dukes of Hazzard” was also criticized in 2015. Reruns stopped airing and Warner Bros. declared it would no more time license pictures of “General Lee” after white supremacist Dylann Roof — who had posed in photographs together with Accomplice imagery — killed nine Black church customers in South Carolina.
The present has considering the fact that reemerged on Amazon’s Prime Online video and IMDb Tv streaming expert services, but its future on the platforms is reportedly below critique.
Other Tv shows and movies referencing the Confederacy have obtained comparable scrutiny in the wake of protests in opposition to racial injustice and law enforcement brutality. “Gone With The Wind,” for instance, was quickly pulled from HBO Max and later on returned to the service with a disclaimer.
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