The Dukes of Hazzard May Get Yanked from Amazon Streaming
The Dukes of Hazzard has been flagged for internal review at Amazon. The hit 1980s sitcom could end up getting the boot for problematic imagery.
The series aired on CBS for 7 seasons and was a success for most of that time, thanks to the adventures of Bo and Luke Duke, along with their cousin Daisy Duke. Concerns over the show’s use of the Confederate flag on the iconic vehicle, nicknamed the General Lee, have come up more than once over the past few years, but it looks like now may be the time the boys get cancelled.
Amazon is currently discussing whether or not to remove The Dukes of Hazzard from their streaming service amid the Black Lives Matter protests currently going on around the world.
The Confederate flag is a symbol of racism and oppression and has slowly been phased out of public places all over the United States in recent years. NASCAR just made the decision to stop waving the flag at all of their races, which has received mixed reactions over the past few days.
Toys and other collectibles have been phased out of major retailers in recent years, and the series has more or less disappeared from cable after years populating nostalgia- and Southern-skewing networks like TV Land and CMT.
For a longtime, the argument championed by a lot of Southern people that the flag is just a symbol of “Southern pride” insulated Dukes from serious criticism, but in more recent years, the larger conversation about the Confederate flag and the efficacy of the “pride” argument has brought the show front and center.
For now, it’s not looking good for The Dukes of Hazzard on any streaming platform at the moment.
With that being said, are there really a lot of people tuning in to see what Bo and Luke Duke are up to with so many other things to stream these days? Whatever the case may be, people are going to be happy or upset about it, no matter what.
Maybe they can figure out a way to digitally remove the Confederate flag from the General Lee while changing its name at the same time? The Dukes of Hazzard news was first reported by Vulture.