Skip to comments.Duke, Where's My Car? (Dukes of Hazzard Update)
Posted on 02/08/2005 7:25:02 PM PST by stainlessbanner
I have to admit the upcoming Dukes of Hazzard movie has a strong supporting cast. Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville will play the good old boys, Bo and Luke Duke. Willie Nelson will play Uncle Jesse. Burt Reynolds is the surprising, yet promising, choice for Boss Hogg. And, finally, Jessica Simpson will step off the set of her made-for-TV marriage and into some short shorts as the Pride of Hazzard County, Daisy Duke. Granted, most movies based on old shows pack as much punch as Newfound Glory singing Celine Dion,but, so far, this one's looking pretty good.
Everything rests on its real star's rooftop, though. And, by "real star," I of course mean the Duke boys' orange Dodge Charger,the General Lee. Oh, it'll be there, all right. And no doubt it'll soar through the air as our folk heroes outrun the law and save the family farm from the land-grabbing Hogg. But that's a given. The make-or-break question here is this: Will the General Lee sport a Confederate flag on its rooftop? Or will it receive a politically correct, postmodern paint job?
Well, based on some of the photos I've seen, it appears that the flag is still there.
The truth is, I was prepared to boycott this movie. Or rebel against it. When I first heard they were bringing Bo and Luke to the big screen, I heard they were planning to leave the flag off--which, to me, defeats everything the characters stand for. In fact, the Dukes of Hazzard aren't the Dukes of Hazzard without it. They're just a couple of cousins in a beat-up old car. And where's the fun in that? Fortunately, though, the Wall Street Journal reports that Warner Bros. will keep the flag after all. While this comes with a caveat (Bo and Luke will acknowledge the flag's less-than-favorable reputation), I can think of at least three reasons why the studio made the right move.
First of all, yes, many people interpret the Confederate flag as a slice of nostalgia for America's slave-trading past. However, the past is like Vegas; what happens there stays there forever and ever, amen. Today, the flag is more divisive than it was when the Dukes first hit the air. Our sensibility is different. I understand that. But the Confederacy was a thing of the past by the time the show started in 1979. It's a thing of the past in 2005, too. Just because we're more sensitive now doesn't mean Southern secession happened in the last 20 years. So if folks in the North can tell folks in the South, "The war is over," then I say: Exactly. Get over it. Let 'em paint the car.
Second, believe it or not, there are folks in this world who don't see the rebel flag as a symbol of racism. It's true. And they're easy to spot, these people. Yeah. They're the ones who wear rebel flags who insist they're not racists. Why is it everyone questions their motives? For some, this flag is a symbol of Southern heritage. For others, it's a fashion statement. Not everyone believes the Civil War was waged to "free the slaves." This doesn't mean slavery was right. But it doesn't mean the war was right, either. Look, I'm not saying the flag hasn't been used as a racist symbol, or that it isn't embraced by some racists. But not everyone who wears or flies it does so for racist reasons. Where's the logic in prejudging prejudice? Why assume the worst?
Finally, if you're going to rip the rebel flag off the General Lee, you might as well slap down Old Glory and call it the General Grant instead. This is my main reason for thinking Warner Bros. did the right thing. Taking the flag off the General Lee is like taking Mount Rushmore out of textbooks. It's like blurring out the gray soldiers in Gods and Generals (or adding colors to any of Ted Turner's other favorite films).
The General Lee is a genuine piece of modern Americana. The Dukes of Hazzard weren't anti-abolitionists; they were "good old boys, never meanin' no harm." Their bootlegging, backwoods country lifestyle--their love for dust-ups and fast-drivin' fun--is the stuff of American legend. Boss Hogg is Big Business, you see. But the bad kind of Big Business. A monopolist. An exploiter of eminent domain. He's the East India Tea Co. to Sheriff Rosco's paternalistic King George. Bo and Luke Duke are revolutionaries. They're freedom fighters. They';re everything we've ever been taught to admire about America. The mountain might get em, but the law never will. And as for Daisy,well, she's just fun to look at.
That's why there needs to be a Confederate flag in this movie. Without it, the General Lee is occupied territory. It suggests the Duke boys are submissive that before they've so much as fought the law, the law has won. And if that's the case, why see the movie at all?
So three cheers to Warner Bros. for making the right decision. Now let's just hope the picture doesn't suck.
Despite the positions I've taken in a past thread on this flag, a General Lee without a Confederate Flag would be like, well, Daisy Duke without a large rack. It just wouldn't be right.
01/31/2005 3:00 PM, LAUNCH LAUNCH Radio Networks
Gretchen Wilson recently turned down the opportunity to star in the upcoming feature film, the Dukes Of Hazzard. The "Redneck Woman" was approached about playing a sheriff who arrests Daisy Duke, played by Jessica Simpson. Wilson had to pass on the offer, however, due to her busy schedule, according to the Tennessean.
In the meantime, Wilson gears up to perform at the Super Bowl with country legend Charlie Daniels.
The singer was also recently added to the list of Grammy Awards performers. Wilson will join Keith Urban and members of Lynyrd Skynyrd in a tribute to Southern Rock.
But rest assured: The original cast is angry and resentful at being ignored by the new production, a racy multi-million dollar, sure-to-be-blockbuster film starring reality TV starlet Jessica Simpson and stoner/slacker icons Johnny Knoxville and Sean William Scott.
And no one is more bent out of shape about it than Cooter.
Over a late lunch of jambalaya and gumbo at the New Orleans Centre food court -- between congenial and cheery autograph sessions at the car show -- he lets it fly.
"You ask me if I'm bitter?" he says. "Bitter isn't the word."
He pauses for a slurp of gumbo and dramatic effect.
"Pissed-off is the word."
Ben Jones is a leftist crybaby who spent fruitless years on his vendetta against Newt Gingrich.
"NEWT BEATS COOTER is a headline only a Red State reader could love, but that's the way it went down."
Didn't you want to be the General Lee?
I want one. I've already let my mother know that her Infiniti will be parked on the street and my General Lee resting comfortably in the garage.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1979 the unmistakable voice of music legend Waylon Jennings introduced America, in both theme song and show narration, to Bo, Luke, and Daisy Duke, and a new pop culture phenomenon exploded onto TV sets across the nation.
CMT brings back THE DUKES OF HAZZARD for a whole new generation of Dukes fans and long-time devotees beginning with an all-Dukes weekend Friday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, Feb. 27 featuring the premiere of CMT INSIDE FAME: THE DUKES OF HAZZARD and CMT's re-launch of the hit series.
Daisy Duke pics
LOL when the Honda has had enuf, I will send it to Pimp My Ride for a downhome dixie makeover.
CMT Inside Fame Dukes of Hazzard video clips
I just can't get used to her being Daisy Duke. Just can't. Why does she look so much better in that pic and look so skin and bones in the other?
My sensibility isn't different. What's different is the attacks by the NAALCP since the early 90s bringing this 'important subject' to the forefront every chance they get. One wonders just how useful the NAALCP would be if they continued their original mission instead of attacking others' heritage. Sorry to hear Gretchen Wilson isn't going to be in it though. Funny sidenote, watched the original series first season on DVD a few weeks back. Whew! All I'll say is my memories of Katherine Bach are a lot different than how it looked this time...
She did go on a diet to lose weight for the role. personally, I thought she looked great as she was. But maybe it was just a bad pic. It happens. Lighting, angle, etc.
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