One of the most famous on-screen cars of all time will no longer be seen as Warner Brothers has decided to kill all images and products of The General Lee.
Following the controversy over the confederate flag, Warner has decided to take the Duke boy’s car out to the junk yard for good. They told Vulture they will no longer allow The General Lee to be seen as it appeared in the television series that aired from 1979 to 1985:
“Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof â€” as it was seen in the TV series,â€ a spokesman for the company said via email. â€œWe have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories.”
Next to Knight Rider’s K.I.T.T., The General Lee (with its dixie horn) is probably the most famous car ever on television. Millions (like me) grew up watching the Duke boys drive The General Lee on madcap adventures carrying Uncle Jesse’s moonshine while avoiding Boss Hogg and Rosco every Friday night.
That didn’t turn any of us into racist murderers, but Warner Brothers thinks differently and a piece of television history is now censored from public consumption. It’s only a matter of time before all Dukes of Hazzard DVDs are yanked from shelves and the newly restored HD version of the series that’s airing on cable is banned.