Nov 26, 2015
Bo Duke Puts the Confederate Flag Controversy in Perspective, Yee Haw-Style
Nine dead, sure, sure… but according to actor John Schneider, the real tragedy is that Dukes of Hazzard is no longer on TVLand.
A mere century and a half after the end of the Civil War, the state of South Carolina today removed the Confederate flag from the its capital building. This comes after years of controversy, brought to a head by a racist randomly slaughtering nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Church.
Likewise, TVLand took down The Dukes of Hazzard from its lineup because apparently a car named after Robert E. Lee, playing “Dixie” from the horn, and emblazoned with the Confederate flag just might be considered in bad taste. Who knew?
And now you’ve seen 90 percent of the show.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor John “Bo Duke” Schneider weighed in on these matters. Here are some of his comments:
“The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality… I am saddened that one angry and misguided individual can cause one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium to suddenly be seen in this light. Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists? Will they have to go through a detox and a 12-step program to kick their Dukes habit? ‘Hi… My name is John. I’m a Dukesoholic.’”
There is so much to think about here, namely:
- Why did Breaking Bad come to mind as the paragon of unrealistic shows? The Muppet Show, Walking Dead, and Fox & Friends all spring to mind.
- Which is the bigger stretch–the overstatement of calling The Dukes of Hazzard one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium or the understatement of calling Dylann Roof merely an “angry and misguided individual”?
- What, exactly, does John Schneider think 12-step programs treat?
- Do we “suddenly” become racist because someone pointed it out, or were we a party to racism all along?
Oh, Bo — you always were the pretty one, never the smart one.