Warner Bros. Will Stop Licensing 'Dukes of Hazzard' Confederate Flag Car
Warner Bros. Consumer Products joins the wave of retailers banning sales with items bearing the flag's image.
In the wake of the Confederate flag controversy that has been reignited since the Charleston massacre, Warner Bros. has announced it will stop production on the Dukes of Hazzard car bearing the Confederate flag.
"Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof — as it was seen in the TV series,” WB announced in a statement. “We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories."
The car — known as "General Lee" — bears the Confederate flag on its roof. Amazon, Walmart, Sears and eBay have all banned sales of the flag's image after nine people were murdered in a racially-motivated church shooting in South Carolina.
Ben Jones, the actor who played Cooter on Dukes of Hazzard and a former congressman, is outraged over the controversy surrounding the flag. "Activists and politicians are vilifying southern culture and our heritage," said Jones in an angry Facebook post.
"That flag on top of the General Lee made a statement that the values of the rural South were the values of courage and family and good times," he wrote. "Our beloved symbol is now being attacked in a wave of political correctness that is unprecedented in our nation of free speech and free expression."