Warner Bros. Removing Confederate Flag from ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Car

Mike Sampson, Screen Crush, August 27, 2012

The General Lee—Bo and Luke Duke’s vehicle of choice from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’—is a classic and instantly recognizable Hollywood car. But it’s about to get a little less recognizable as Warner Bros., the studio that owns the theatrical, DVD and licensing rights to ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’ has decided to remove the confederate flag from all future versions of the car.

The news has reportedly been floating around the hobby community over the past few days as ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ collectors became aware of a new regulation. A collector on HobbyTalk.com was told by a representative at ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ toy company Tomy:

Starting January 1, 2013 all Dukes of Hazzard General Lee vehicles will not be allowed to be produced with the Confederate Flag on the top of the vehicle.

According to the toy rep, the word came directly from Warner Bros. who no longer wants to endorse an item that has the Confederate flag printed on it.

As of now, this directive only expressly includes merchandising but Warner Bros. is developing a new ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ movie with Jody Hill directing and if they’re being this strict about licensing issues, they could very well enforce the same policy with the upcoming film. {snip}

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  • Ulick

    In related news, the voice of Kitt from Knight Rider has been deemed too white.  All syndicated versions of Knight Rider will now be dubbed with a new Kitt voice that says things like, “Yo, yo, yo, yo… Michael!  Bees on da lookout for dat hooptie next to you.  KnowwhadI’msayin?”

    •  William Daniels, the voice of the original Kitt.  Daniels was born exactly fifty years to the day before myself.  Maybe that’s why I loved KR so much, or maybe it was the high tech nature of the car.  It certainly wasn’t the crummy acting.

      • OPersephone

        Knight Rider, The Dukes of Hazzard and The Incredible Hulk were must-see TV for me when I was growing up in New Zealand in the eighties. Now, they’re cheesy as hell; but boy, did I just love those shows as a kid. Sometimes it’s not that you *can’t* go back, it’s more that you *shouldn’t*. 🙂

    • Church_of_Jed

      Nothing forthcoming from WR regarding Black Privilege Malt Liquor.

      http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/bd4bbda3d3/white-privilege-vodka

  • They aren’t removing the Confederate Flag, they are replacing it with a Swastika.

    • WardKendall

      It appears you’re right, SoCal Snowman – I just came across this image from another WN website – just click the image in the lower left corner. 

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Easy fix, boycot this film and anything Warner Bros.

    • Church_of_Jed

      How can you dare suggest we boycott them while they are just helping us to live into the sacredness of blacks whom must never be offended by seing a symbol of White unity and identity?  Are you a raciss?

  • Church_of_Jed

    “Airbrushing even the recent past” gives White elites another chance to say “we’ve come far, but before we congratulate ourselves, we must recognize how much more work we have to do to make our communities and institutions more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse (as long as we don’t have to give up any of our own privilege as we ‘do more’)”.

  • IstvanIN

    Barry Meyer currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Meyer was honored with the American Jewish Committee’s 2006 Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award for his many humanitarian efforts.

    Need I say more?

    • he’s honestly probably scared he’s going to be sued by one of his fellow chosen

  • Detroit_WASP

    This is comical to me because at least two members of the Detroit City Council wear traditional African garb and openly consort with members of the Black Panther Party… and no one says a word about it. 

    WAKE UP WHITEY!!!! 

  • Athling

    Is there anything else we can do to coddle and appease the oh so fragile sensibilities of our cherished African community? Anything at all? We must be ever vigilant to scour every aspect of society for anything ANYTHING that might in the least way have the appearance of offending such a highly treasured community of righteous citizens.

  • OPersephone

    Well, they can remove the flag, but what are they going to do about the name? Change it to the “Doctor King”?

    • Ulick

      Either that or the General Lee Malvo.

  • Ulick
  • This is sad but not surprising.  It’s just one more physical act to show us how much they “own” us and to remind us “We” have No Power.

    Get rid of your cable and don’t go to the movies.  Let them pander all they want, just don’t let them do it on your dollar.

    •  I recently said bye bye to DirecTV. I plan on putting that $130+/month toward the acquisition of land.

  • OPersephone

    Hmm, you’re right…

    And — I forgot the all-American folk hero, McGyver! How could I?!

  • curri

    In a more extreme form, this sort of thing has been done before:
    http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/SlezkineRev.pdf 
    (..)
    In other words, the war against “rural backwardness and religion” was exactlythe sort of war that a traditional Jew would have supported wholeheartedly,because it was a war against everything they hated and thought of as oppressingthem. Of course traditional shtetl Jews also hated the tsar and his governmentdue to restrictions on Jews and because they did not think that the governmentdid enough to rein in anti-Jewish violence. There can be little doubt that Lenin’scontempt for “the thick-skulled, boorish, inert, and bearishly savage Russian or
    Ukrainian peasant” was shared by the vast majority of shtetl Jews prior to the
    Revolution and after it. Those Jews who defiled the holy places of traditional
    Russian culture and published anti-Christian periodicals doubtless reveled in
    their tasks for entirely Jewish reasons, and, as Gorky worried, their activities not
    unreasonably stoked the anti-Semitism of the period. Given the anti-Christian
    attitudes of traditional shtetl Jews, it is very difficult to believe that the Jews
    engaged in campaigns against Christianity did not have a sense of revenge
    against the old culture that they held in such contempt.Slezkine seems comfortable with revenge as a Jewish motive, but he does not
    consider traditional Jewish culture itself to be a contributor to Jewish attitudes
    toward traditional Russia, even though he notes that a very traditional part of
    Jewish culture was to despise the Russians and their culture. (Even the Jewish
    literati despised all of traditional Russian culture, apart from Pushkin and a few
    literary icons.) Indeed, one wonders what would motivate the Jewish commissars
    to revenge apart from motives related to their Jewish identity. Traditional hostility
    toward non-Jews and their culture forms a central theme in the writings of
    Israel Shahak and many mainstream Jewish historians, including Slezkine, and
    I have presented summaries of this material elsewhere.64
    (…)
    Slezkine’s argument that Jews were critically involved in destroyingtraditional Russian institutions, liquidating Russian nationalists, murdering thetsar and his family, dispossessing and murdering the kulaks, and destroyingthe Orthodox Church has been made by many other writers over the years,including Igor Shafarevich, a mathematician and member of the prestigiousU. S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Shafarevich’s review of Jewishliterary works during the Soviet and post-Soviet period agrees with Slezkine
    in showing Jewish hatred mixed with a powerful desire for revenge toward
    pre-revolutionary Russia and its culture.65(…)It is easy to imagine which sectors of American society would have been
    deemed overly backward and religious and therefore worthy of mass murder
    by the American counterparts of the Jewish elite in the Soviet Union—the ones
    who journeyed to Ellis Island instead of Moscow. The descendants of these
    overly backward and religious people now loom large among the “red state”
    voters who have been so important in recent national elections. Jewish animosity
    toward the Christian culture that is so deeply ingrained in much of America is
    legendary. As Joel Kotkin points out, “for generations, [American] Jews have
    viewed religious conservatives with a combination of fear and disdain.”68 And
    as Elliott Abrams notes, the American Jewish community “clings to what is
    at bottom a dark vision of America, as a land permeated with anti-Semitism
    and always on the verge of anti-Semitic outbursts.”69 These attitudes are well
    captured in Steven Steinlight’s charge that the Americans who approved
    the immigration restriction legislation of the 1920s—the vast majority of the
    population—were a “thoughtless mob” and that the legislation itself was “evil,
    xenophobic, anti-Semitic,” “vilely discriminatory,” a “vast moral failure,” a
    “monstrous policy.”70 In the end, the dark view of traditional Slavs and their
    culture that facilitated the participation of so many Eastern European shtetl Jews
    in becoming willing executioners in the name of international socialism is notvery different from the views of contemporary American Jews about a majority
    of their fellow countrymen(…)

  • Dr. Möbias

    How about replacing the Confederate Flag with a flag of Che, the gay pride rainbow or a muslim flag?  How about a red flag with a raised black fist on it or a hammer and sickle.  I’m positive those would pass muster for the Kommissars at  Warner Bros.

    The Confederate Flag has been transformed into a Nazi flag or a white sheet with eye holes in it.

  • Dr. Möbias

    Instead of the General Lee they could get a stolen Ford pick up truck from south of the border, slap a Mexican flag on it and call it the Attorney General Holder.

  • JackKrak

    Around 2050, whoever the future equivalent of Morgan Freeman is will star in a film about the first man to land on the moon. Anyone with any interest in the facts of who was there first will be shouted down as racist.

  • The Soviet Union used to air brushed people out of photos they felt were no longer useful to their cause.

    This is purging history.

    ‘He who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the past controls the future’.  

  • The__Bobster

    Squeal like a pig, Boss Hogg.

  •    Everyone is allowed to have and celebrate their heritage, except whites (esp. southern whites). While other cultures celebrate their own, we are condemned for ours. Simply call anything you don’t like “hateful” and it will be shunned and disgarded. Our typical liberal friends look at EVERYTHING from a race perspective, EVERYTHING. This has harmed our country in so many ways. Soon I expect to walk down the street and be stoned and called “hater” for simply being a hard working, white American.
        This really began with our liberal entertainment industry and we Americans have been conditioned and taught to believe the way they want us to. If you don’t believe me watch our hollywood/media elite during the next few months of Democratic/Republican debates. If they could, I really believe they would physically harm most white conservatives. I have never seen so much hate in the eyes of people. They hate free thinking, hard working people who may believe in a higher power than our own government……………Sorry, started rambling.