Dukes of Hazzard Star Slams TV Land For Pulling Reruns: ‘You’re Missing the Point’
The Dukes of Hazzard TV series was drawn into the great debate over the Confederate flag when Warner Brothers decided to stop licensing any products that showed the iconic flag-decalled car, the General Lee. When TV Land decided to stop showing reruns on its nostalgia block as well, former Hazzard star John Schneider (Bo Duke) blasted the decision, insisting that the show’s content was not based on racism.
“The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality,” Schenider told The Hollywood Reporter. “Those who seek to malign the show because the famous car it featured had a Confederate flag painted on the roof are missing the point.”
Schneider’s statements echoed the opinions previously expressed by co-star Ben Jones, saying that the show’s use of the flag was to represent chivalry, rebelliousness, and other aspects of Southern culture. On the subject of Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter who was inspired by the flag’s racist connotations, Schneider lamented how one person’s actions were able to cast the entire show into such a negative light.
“Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists?” Schneider asked hypothetically. “Come on, TV Land, can’t we all just watch TV?”
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