Fans Furious Over Rumor that Confederate Flag Would be 'Removed' from Dukes of Hazzard General Lee Toys
Rumors swirled into a firestorm after HobbyTalk.com reported that the Confederate flag would be removed from future Dukes of Hazzard's General Lee cars.
An anonymous insider with Tomy Toys claimed the Confederate flag would be banned from all 2013 General Lee cars, reports the Daily Mail.
The post read: "Starting January 1, 2013 all Dukes of Hazzard General Lee vehicles will not be allowed to be produced with the Confederate flag on the top of the vehicle. This directive has been passed onto us from the licensor Warner Brothers."
However, a spokesperson for Warner Bros told NBC News: "We were not, and are not, planning to change the design of the General Lee on merchandise. All reports to the contrary have been inaccurate."
Angry over the rumor was former 'Dukes of Hazzard' actor Ben Jones who said: "Some unnamed genius at the company feels that the flag is 'offensive to some' and therefore it has no business on a classic TV comedy about a bunch of good ol' boys and girls in the Southern mountains. This is a new level of 'P.C.' idiocy. I don't know about you, but I am tired of being insulted by morons."
However, after hearing Warner Bros' statement, the duped Jones wrote on Facebook: "This is not only a victory for those who love the show, but a victory for the voice of the people, and in my opinion, a victory for mutual respect among people of different ethnicities and backgrounds."