‘Dukes of Hazzard’ pulled by TV Land in ‘Twilight Zone’ fashion

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.

Apple pulls Civil War games with Confederate flag; Americans ironically slaves to the past

Civil WarIt only took the U.S. one week to move from the horrific actions of a lone racist who killed nine churchgoers in South Carolina to companies banning “Dukes of Hazzard” collectibles and Civil War games. Millions of Americans are, ironically, slaves to the past. They are slaves to an inanimate object. They cower in fear of a flag, even though common sense tells them that symbols can only be infused with meanings we permit.

Kotaku reported June 25:

Today, Apple decided to start yanking games that use the Confederate flag in any way (via TouchArcade). For example, you can now no longer buy the strategy iOS games Civil War: 1862, Civil War: 1863, Civil War: 1864, and Civil War: Gettysburg, which, as you might guess, use the Confederate flag because they’re video games about the Civil War.

Andrew Mulholland, director of these Civil War games, told me this morning that Apple pulled them today without any warning.

“It seems disappointing that they would remove it as they weren’t being used in an offensive way, being that they were historical war games and hence it was the flag used at the time,” Mulholland said in an e-mail. “At the moment we’re reworking the games to replace the flags that are deemed offensive. We’re going to use the Confederate flag from 1861 and 1862 as the one that’s considered offensive wasn’t introduced until late 1862.”

The note Apple sent, according to Mulholland: “We are writing to notify you that your app has been removed from the App Store because it includes images of the Confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways.”

What is happening here is only a few steps removed from book burning. It is the second cousin of book burning. We have found ourselves in a place where it is permissible to use a tragedy to target goods and services totally unrelated to the event. In an attempt to expunge certain elements of the past from our collective cultural consciousness, Civil War games are now deemed “mean spirited” merely for being about the Civil War.

This behavior indicates that the United States is culturally insane or a slave to its past. Businesses are beholden to the bottom line, and right now the bottom line is that prudence and reason are dangerously unprofitable. When a company looks out at its potential customers and it preemptively engages in absolute lunacy to please them, then red (not Confederate) flags should go up.

The nation would be wise to consider the words of Saint Francis de Sales, who said:

“‘Know thyself’ — that saying so celebrated among the ancients — may be understood as applying to the knowledge of the greatness and excellence of the soul (so that it may not be debased or profaned by things unworthy of its nobility); but it also may be taken to refer to the knowledge of our unworthiness, imperfection, and misery.” — Saint Francis de Sales, The Art of Loving God.

“Know thyself” is not high on America’s priority list these days. To the extent it is, Americans only want to think about their “greatness and excellence.”

Only sad people avoid confrontation with the worst parts of their nature, and only sick and twisted souls seek to live in complete denial of sins past. No matter how you slice it, America is in a pathetic place in 2015 — and it has nothing to do with slavery.