"Dukes of Hazzard" -- should their car be digitally altered?

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  1. Snarky's Ghost

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    ... to remove the confederate flag atop The General Lee?

    That just seems a wee bit too politically correct to me. Not that I saw the show all that much (although it was on before DALLAS, so sometimes I saw the last 15 or 20 minutes of it).

    I "get" the removal of the flag from government office buildings, but why must every offensive symbol be removed from every venue -- especially when it makes sense, like it does on THE DUKES OF HAZZARD's automobile??

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    Have they done it, or are they going to do it, or are they considering doing it? Or is there a demand for this digital alteration?
     
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    Back at the height of the "remove all the racist symbols" hysteria (in the wake of that 'white-nationalist' fiasco of Charlottesville, VA) there were a few people trying to go there, though it was mostly just a trial balloon among many others. I think it was just an instance of that whole "I can virtue-signal even more than you can" going too far. It's just human nature to try to "one-up" others, and of course there's a certain amount of bragging rights when you can say you were the driving force behind removing a source of outrage from our existence (just ask Rose McGowan). There will always be those who go a bit too far when they are whipped up into a lather in the midst of a "crisis". They similarly floated the idea of banning Gone with the Wind. Nothing more was made of either suggestion, mostly because the Cult of the Perpetually Outraged has now re-directed their furor toward all these sexual harassers hiding under every rock and around every corner in Hollywood and beyond. Apparently it's only possible to focus on one outrage at a time in this media-saturated world.

    Dukes of Hazzard is hardly a hot commodity these days, anyway, so one has to wonder why they latched onto that show. It would be like suddenly feigning outrage and demanding edits of The Three Stooges due to the depiction and treatment of the mentally challenged.
     
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    Or ban DYNASTY, because Krystle stayed with Blake after he had raped her. "Wrong message!" "Unforgivable!"
     
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    One of the side networks, maybe MeTV or something, banned DUKES two or three years ago because of the "controversy" over the flag.

    Mr Schneider was upset.
     
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    Were the creators and writers of "The Dukes of Hazzard" southerners? I wonder if those who chose to name the car "General Lee" and have a Confederate Flag on the hood really understood the message they were sending or were these chosen simply to get across the point that these were "good old boys". Wouldn't anyone watching this show now assume that Bo and Luke are racists who support slavery?

    The difference between this and the controversy surrounding the Confederate statues is that there is no question as to what message was intended when these statues were erected. Most Confederate statues were not erected immediately following the Civil War; most were erected during the era of Jim Crow or the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s. These statues were intended as a "middle finger" to African Americans - a symbol that though the South may have lost the war, many southerners still held the same racist attitudes many years later.
     
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    Keep in mind that the show was originally airing in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when people were not viewing the shows through a modern 2017 prism. It was a comedy/adventure show that was not taking itself seriously, and I'm sure no one in the production wanted it to be taken seriously, either. One of the issues with this "reinterpretation" of the past through a modern lens is that too many assume the intent of others is malicious without even asking for clarification, assigning negative motives too quickly.

    Like you say, some people wanted to make a 'political statement' via Jim Crow laws and such, but this show wasn't trying to do any of that. George Jefferson of The Jeffersons (also a product of 1970s/1980s TV) could spout off the N-word with little provocation, but he shouldn't be branded a racist and his words censored/edited. It's quite a comment on our times that shows of the 1970s and 1980s could actually say/depict such politically incorrect things---much more "offensive" than anything allowed today--while the viewers of that era reacted with much less offense to much more truly offensive material. It's like we're in reverse. Can you imagine the original version of the miniseries Roots being aired today? Now THAT was some awful stuff to watch, but people didn't attack the producers or network for producing the project and assign them racist motives and of glorifying slavery and white supremacist-types.

    Dukes of Hazzard was an inoffensive, silly show, and to have some overreacting person from forty years later suddenly feigning offense just seemed like someone trying to manufacture controversy where they isn't any.
     
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