Dukes of HazzardThere were those who thought the political correctness police would be satiated after getting Amazon to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise and Apple to pull Civil War video games. They were wrong. Very wrong. Sure, Warner Bros. stopped selling things like “The Dukes of Hazzard” model cars and lunchboxes, but even that wasn’t enough. In pure Twilight Zone fashion, TV Land has decided to stop airing episodes of “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

The New York Post reported Wednesday:

The latest victim of the growing controversy over the Confederate flag is the 1980s TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

A TV Land spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that the network has pulled reruns of the series from its schedule, which had been airing twice a day.

The network declined to comment on why the episodes were removed, but the South-set show has come under fire recently for its use of the Confederate flag, which is emblazoned on the roof of the Duke Boys’ signature 1969 orange Dodge Charger.

Not only did the network cave into political correctness, but then it added insult to injury by going with the cowardly “no comment” route. Maybe Turner Classic Movies can ban now the movie “American History X” because Edward Norton’s character was initially a neo-Nazi…

As I mentioned when Apple began pulling Civil War games that feature the Confederate flag, all of this started because a lone racist killed nine Americans in a South Carolina church. The reaction to America’s totalitarian mob of lemmings, however, has been quite interesting. Peruse any number of left-leaning political websites and you will see an acknowledgement that what is happening is absurd, but a complete refusal to pin any culpability on the preferred ideology of Social Justice Weenies (I refuse to call them “warriors”).

Take Mediaite’s comments section, for instance. When faced with the poison fruit of the SJW’s ideology, the reaction is to blame “maybe one or two” individuals or to essentially say, “Don’t blame me!”

Dukes of Hazzard ban reactionThis is just like the time that Chris Rock said he no longer liked to perform on college campuses because the political correctness is a sign of how “conservative” kids have become. The liberal kids listening to liberal musicians while reading liberal books assigned to them by liberal professors are “conservative.”

Chris Rock’s total immersion into Orwellian doublethink is, on some strange level, worthy of admiration. Likewise, the ability to advocate for a warped ideology on a daily basis and then absolve oneself of any culpability when it bears bad fruit is fascinating. It would be like yours truly talking about how awesome Mike Huckabee was for years on end, and then when people started to buy into the “let’s just ignore Supreme Court rulings we don’t like” mentality, suddenly saying, “Where did this madness come from? Don’t blame me.”

The “Dukes of Hazzard” story may seem silly, but anyone who is concerned about the future of the country should be able to rattle off a handful of similar incidents at a moment’s notice. American culture has influential men and women who are simultaneously erasing U.S. history they don’t like while ascribing their own totalitarian behavior to the very people trying to stand up for individual liberty.

If you do not define yourself, then powerful people (like politically correct network executives with deep pockets) will do it for you. The U.S. is being culturally bled out by the “death by a 10,000 paper cuts” method, and while its consciousness begins to wane its murderers are looking for ways to frame the innocent.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

15 comments

  1. Networks caving into loudmouth Social Justice Nitwits? Far left liberals refusing to accept responsibility for their rhetoric? At what point do they just start saying outright “We have always been at war with Eastasia”? Sheesh, the only surprising thing about this story is that TV Land was actually airing a show that hadn’t made in the last decade.

    Oh, and don’t forget that “The Twilight Zone” had some episodes set during the Civil War, including one centered on Confederate characters. I guess the Social Justice Nitwits will be demanding that Syfy remove one of the few shows on their lineup that actually deserves to be on a channel that’s (allegedly) about science fiction.

  2. TCM won’t ban anything. It’s the bravest channel on TV as far as content. They show everything short of porn, all uncut and uninterrupted. But TV Land, like ME TV, is a nostalgia channel, celebrating the good ole days of three networks with heavily-controlled content. They avoid any sort of controversy on purpose, because their target audience follows LOF in viewing habits (Low Objectionability Factor – a strategy developed for growing audience numbers). In that context Dukes of Hazzard is only one of a number of interchangeable yee-haw shows about rural characters. The A-Team had an almost identical audience to “Dukes” also.

    1. TCM won’t ban anything — for now. That’s why I said the “death by 10,000 paper cuts” method is at hand. Take the NY Post’s film critic calling for “Gone with the Wind” to be relegated to a museum, for instance: “‘Gone with the Wind’ should go the way of the Confederate flag”.

      Like all their other efforts, SJWs will continue to chew away at the cultural foundation of the nation like termites until a beam over there falls…and then a beam over there…and so on. It may not be TCM, but they would certainly settle for any number of other networks. Wherever there is an opportunity, they will pounce.

      Regardless, you make some very interesting points about TV Land. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate it.

  3. Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them. Reckless audacity came to be considered the courage of a loyal ally; prudent hesitation, specious cowardice; moderation was held to be a cloak for unmanliness; ability to see all sides of a question, inaptness to act on any. Frantic violence became the attribute of manliness; cautious plotting, a justifiable means of self-defence. The advocate of extreme measures was always trustworthy; his opponent a man to be suspected. To succeed in a plot was to have a shrewd head, to divine a plot a still shrewder; but to try to provide against having to do either was to break up your party and to be afraid of your adversaries. In fine, to forestall an intending criminal, or to suggest the idea of a crime where it was wanting, was equally commended until even blood became a weaker tie than party, from the superior readiness of those united by the latter to dare everything without reserve; for such associations had not in view the blessings derivable from established institutions but were formed by ambition for their overthrow; and the confidence of their members in each other rested less on any religious sanction than upon complicity in crime. The fair proposals of an adversary were met with jealous precautions by the stronger of the two, and not with a generous confidence. Revenge also was held of more account than self-preservation. Oaths of reconciliation, being only proffered on either side to meet an immediate difficulty, only held good so long as no other weapon was at hand; but when opportunity offered, he who first ventured to seize it and to take his enemy off his guard, thought this perfidious vengeance sweeter than an open one, since, considerations of safety apart, success by treachery won him the palm of superior intelligence. Indeed it is generally the case that men are readier to call rogues clever than simpletons honest, and are as ashamed of being the second as they are proud of being the first. The cause of all these evils was the lust for power arising from greed and ambition; and from these passions proceeded the violence of parties once engaged in contention.

    Book 3, The Peloponnesian War, Thucydides

    1. “Indeed it is generally the case that men are readier to call rogues clever than simpletons honest, and are as ashamed of being the second as they are proud of being the first. The cause of all these evils was the lust for power arising from greed and ambition; and from these passions proceeded the violence of parties once engaged in contention.”

      Boom. Great quote.

  4. Oh, TV networks are nothing. Just wait until they start burni….err, putting all forms of written literature before a tolerance review board.

    1. They don’t need to burn the books so long as they can just scrub them of any inconvenient history. The New York Times reported in 2011: “Light Out, Huck, They Still Want to Sivilize You”:

      A new effort to sanitize “Huckleberry Finn” comes from Alan Gribben, a professor of English at Auburn University, at Montgomery, Ala., who has produced a new edition of Twain’s novel that replaces the word “nigger” with “slave.” Nigger, which appears in the book more than 200 times, was a common racial epithet in the antebellum South, used by Twain as part of his characters’ vernacular speech and as a reflection of mid-19th-century social attitudes along the Mississippi River.

      Mr. Gribben has said he worried that the N-word had resulted in the novel falling off reading lists, and that he thought his edition would be welcomed by schoolteachers and university instructors who wanted to spare “the reader from a racial slur that never seems to lose its vitriol.”

      Quick! Hide! Words…they’re so powerful! My one weakness. How did they know? How…did…they…knoooooooooow?

  5. I’ve had other things going on in my life, and sort of caught the whole flag thing in passing. I felt like I was going crazy. It’s one of the most ludicrous things I’ve seen in a last few years chock full of ludicrous things.

    It’s completely insane! The flag had nothing, nothing to do with anything, and had been flying for decades without causing any shootings. And it didn’t cause this one, or have any effect whatever! They may as well have banned trans fats after the shooting, it would have made exactly as much sense.

    I guess I can sort of understand the desire to “do something” after a shooting, though a few years ago when a black guy gunned down a bunch of white people for being “racists” I don’t recall it making the major news, let alone inspiring any soul searching. i guess the idea that men are fallen and evil will happen, and that in a country full of free men a few free men will use their freedoms for evil, is too much for moderns to process.

    But this makes even less sense than the call for increased gun control measures that wouldn’t have done anything. At least that was sort of related to the issue. And on top of that, the stampeding, the herd behavior, is absurd. And who even defends it? Who is even in favor of it? Everyone seems to think it’s stupid and yet nobody says “stop.” No one says “let’s not be herded so easily,” or asks “who is doing the herding here?” It’s scary to me that whoever started this idiotic movement can get so many things done so easily without the slightest shred of a decent argument in favor of what they demand.

  6. This is just so wrong that I do not even know where to start. This should be scaring many people, the censors continue to gain power. How long until you have to remove this blog now….the clock is ticking and free speech is eroding away.

    1. “How long until you have to remove this blog now….the clock is ticking and free speech is eroding away.”

      It’s funny you should mention that. I was wondering if there would come a day when WordPress starts policing its site for “problematic” posts.

  7. It’s pretty ridiculous they’ve banned the show because a lone racist nutcase shot up a black church and because he sported a Confederate flag. It’s scary, too, the way political correctness has infected our country to the point that large corporations like Apple, Viacom (the parent of TV Land) and Warner Bros are caving in to the SJWs and banning the Dukes of Hazard and General Lee toys simply because they have the Confederate flag on it. It’s pathetic, but it shows the complete and total disregard for free speech and the love of censorship the SJWs have.

    Here in Minnesota, there’s talking about changing the state flag because “it might offend Native Americans and supports colonialism.” Seriously. If these SJw loons get their way, that means a neighbor of mine will have to take down the Minnesota flag in their yard, which would be ridiculous since it’s a private residence. Another idiot wrote into the Star Tribune demanding the federal government establish a “National Apology Day” for slavery and Native Americans. Her “logic” for creating such a holiday was that “Australia has one for the Aborigines, so why don’t we?” Yeesh.

    1. “Another idiot wrote into the Star Tribune demanding the federal government establish a “National Apology Day” for slavery and Native Americans.”

      There is something inside the SWJ psyche that is obsessed with getting people to apologize — not because they want everyone to bury the hatchet and move on, but because they want something to hang over another man’s head. Regardless, there are plenty of Indian tribes that know a thing or two about murder, slavery, etc., because they practiced it well before the Europeans ever landed on the continent.

  8. Can we take down anything that our President has done, it offends me.
    The times we live in….wow.

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