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.