The “Dukes of Hazzard,” the television show that ran on CBS for six seasons in the early 80s, could be the next casualty in the country’s move to sanitize its cultural past in the wake of the George Floyd unrest, reports said.
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The move would follow other companies that have clamped down on shows and movies that feature out-of-date stereotypes that have been deemed offensive. “Gone With the Wind” has been pulled by HBO Max and the shows “Live PD” and “Cops” have also been canceled.
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Even the children’s show “Paw Patrol,” which features a lovable police dog named Chase, has been called out and asked to “euthanize the police dog,” according to the New York Times.
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Bloomberg, which first reported on “Dukes of Hazzard,” said that the show’s famous car, The General Lee, featured a Confederate flag on its roof. The show is streamed on Amazon’s ad-supported streaming service called IMDb TV.
Best-selling author Todd Starnes literally predicted the demise of the Duke boys in his latest book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.”
“The culture jihadists got their Daisy Dukes in a twist because of the flag atop the Dodge Charger known as the General Lee,” Starnes said. “As Waylon Jennings once said, now sometimes them boys have a pitiful grasp on reality.”
Fox News pointed out that the show takes place in “Hazzard County, Ga.” and follows around Bo and Luke Duke, who get into trouble in the small town.
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Vulture reported that it would not be the first time that the show was criticized. In 2015, after the mass killing in a South Carolina church, Warner Bros. TV stopped licensing “images of the car to toy-makers and other merchandisers.” The show was also dropped from TV Land. Vulture reported, “Fans of the show complained, but the world moved on.”
The death of Floyd in Minneapolis has prompted major corporations and politicians to reexamine the black experience in the U.S. Many black leaders said that it is now time to no longer just accept unfair depictions in the past.
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While many conservatives agree with them that there is a need for societal changes, they say that erasing the country’s history by toppling statues and censoring movies does little to help that cause.
Todd Starnes, the host of the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” and author of “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation,” said one does not need to look too far back in history to see the significance of destroying a culture during an uprising. He looked to Iraq and how ISIS would raid museums and libraries, claiming that these institutions were blasphemous.
“Here we are, in American history, that anything that you don’t like can be irradiated. And the problem with that is that when you erase your history, you are prone to repeat that history,” he said.