Fear not, Dukes of Hazzard fans, no one is going to mess with the General Lee. After a forum post on HobbyTalk.com indicated that Tomy Toys, manufacturer of all official Dukes of Hazzard merchandise, would no longer produce scale models of the show's famous 1969 Dodge Charger with its Confederate battle flag displayed on the roof, Warner Brothers has issued a statement to the contrary. The original story reportedly came courtesy of an anonymous worker with Tomy Toys, who said the Stars and Bars livery would be excised from the models beginning on January 1, 2013.

The news incited substantial fan backlash and even a lengthy editorial by Ben Jones, the actor who played Cooter on the classic TV show. But, in its statement, Warner Brothers cleared up the matter by saying, "We were not, and are not, planning to change the design of the General Lee on merchandise. All reports to the contrary have been inaccurate."

American pop culture remains safe for another day.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 143 Comments
      sassysouthngal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Being born and raised in the south this is one subject that always makes me mad. So a group of ignorant racists used this flag as a symbol. Well they also burned crosses, should we stop using those as well? As for those few blacks out there who claim that the majority doesn't understand what we went through. News flash! That was over 200 years ago! And you are not the only ones to have suffered. The native Americans got a far worse deal. My ancesters were Irish and poor and downtrodden. My family were sharecroppers who were not better off than any blacks. It galls me that so many want to "white wash" our history. Its okay for black people to wear Malcom X shirts... Black Power shirts.. ect.. but wear something with the flag on it and you're labeled a racist. That title can be applied both ways. Did we learn nothing from MLK? Symbols are what they are. How you take them is up to you. Judge not someone by the color of their skin but by whats in their heart. Just because you want to forget your history doesn't mean I should have to as well.
        TimM
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sassysouthngal
        What you need to realize sassy is that if slavery and oppression is not constantly reminded of, then the race card loses it's power and they have to experience true equality, not special treatment. I grew up in the south and every kid in school who claimed the white man was holding him down was also talking during class, not taking notes, and not turning in homework. But that failing grade was because the school was racist....
      Generic
      • 2 Years Ago
      The TV show didn't have anything to do with the confederate flag. It just took place in a fictitious southern county some place. After seeing the all the TV reruns (again) after that last movie, it was a show about making moonshine and fighting crooked local government. It was good ol boys fighting the local corrupt system. That's it. Nothing more needs to be read in to the show or the car and lots of sexual innuendos along the way. Funny the first time I saw it, I just remember the car. If anything, this single car probably sparked many generations of car lovers. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Plain and simple. The car or TV show never suggested anything about the south rising again or anything crazy like that. Suggesting anything else is just inserting an ideal that doesn't exist. At least in this example.
      Dayv
      • 2 Years Ago
      Selling the general Lee without a Confederate flag on it would be like selling models of German WW2 military vehicles with the swastikas removed. (Actually, it would be more like selling neo-Nazi toys with the swastikas removed, since the General Lee wasn't an official military vehicle, but I don't know of anybody selling neo-Nazi toys.)
      kathy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't You Dare mess with the General Lee! Over the years i've quietly put up with alot of changes to things i grew up with But this is Nonsense! if people don't like it DON'T BUY IT! i may have been born a Yankee but i'm a country Rebel at heart.
      JON
      • 2 Years Ago
      lets see if we pretend histroy did not happen it goes away. Why not rewright the histroy books every year this PC crap is destroying this once great counrty.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JON
        It's turning us into a nation of wussies, and dumbing us down. Some of the ignorant comments criticizing the South and the Confederate flag are proof that it may already be happening.
      Diz
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will certainly cause a number of A/B'ers panties to get wadded up.
      golflizard10k
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is no reason they should change at all.
      jmchladek
      • 2 Years Ago
      An acquaintance of mine summed up the feelings behind the Confederate Battle Flag (CBF) best. He is from the north and has ancestors who fought in the civil war for the Union. But he lives in the south and has friends and co-workers who had ancestors who fought for the Confederacy. The issues revolving around the CBF are admittedly complicated, but he can empathize with his neighbors who do not like it when somebody wants to erase a part of their cultural heritage and history for 150 years because it is apparently PC to do it now. That type of unilateral thinkings just ends up ticking people off and the vicious cycle continues all over again. Besides, if someone thinks removing a symbol will make things better, they are screwed up. It may make THEM feel better, but at the expense of others. As for Dukes, the CBF is a large part of what the General Lee was (because of who it was named after). As I recall, the show did NOT express any racism or Jim Crowe law crap at all and even had more than a few episodes with blacks guest starring (some in very prominant roles). Heck, when Enos went to LA (for his own show) his partner as I recall was black. Nobody batted an eye about it back then. So why should people want to remove it now? Because they can (or at least can try) apparently.
      brennemanbelkin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amazing that Warner had the grapes.
      neenmiss
      • 2 Years Ago
      DC MIKE check your history books the Lousiana purchase was done in 1803.
      Lee & Amber
      • 2 Years Ago
      YeeeeeHaaaaaw!!!!!
      Lee & Amber
      • 2 Years Ago
      YeeeeeHaaaaaw!!!!!!!
    • Load More Comments