Today, TV Land pulled reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard because the main character, the General Lee, has the Confederate flag on its roof in response to the tragic events that occurred in Charleston, South Carolina a short while ago. Now I understand the justification of taking down that flag from government buildings, properties, etc. since it does represent, among other things, a traitorous action against the United States of America, but for a TV network to stop airing a show because of the same thing is, in my opinion, going a bit too far with the political correctness bandwagon. Those that watched the show 30-plus years ago (mostly males from the ages of 10 and up), watched it for 3 reasons: 1) fast cars; 2) car chases and 3) Daisy Duke. Viewers certainly did not care about what was on the roof of the General Lee. To be honest, I always thought the flag looked dumb because the colors (red background, white stars, blue x) of it were in contrast with the rest of the orange color of the car. With technology today, they could remaster the shows and edit out the flag; if they can’t figure out how to do that, they can get in touch with George Lucas when he bastardized episodes IV, V & VI of Star Wars (he even managed to paste in Jaba the Hutt in Episode IV). This reactionary behavior is bordering on the ridiculous, where everyone is afraid to potentially offend someone or some group. TV Land’s action today is on par with Amazon’s move to remove the Confederate flag from their “shelves”. The ironic (more hypocritical) thing about Amazon is that while you can’t purchase the aforementioned flag from them, you can still order Nazi paraphernalia from them; I’m not even sure what to say about that. Please do not misconstrue this as me supporting the Confederate flag or what it stands for. I’m just pointing out the hypocrisy and over reaction by some all in the name of Political Correctness.
And that’s all I have to say about that.