We all have heard the recent silliness over the fact that TV Land has decided to pull the show “Dukes of Hazzard” off the air because it features a car with a Confederate Flag on it. It’s just another example of how we’ve let symbolism trump substance in this country. We all know the bottom line here isn’t the car, it’s the flag painted on it. Worse yet, the guy who owns the “General Lee” is going to paint over the Confederate Flag because of this nonsense.
I’m a sports fan, and I watch all sports, even golf. Having said that, Bubba Watson is one of my favorite golfers. But I have to call him out on this; announcing you will destroy the collector value of an item you admit was purchased as a collector is an incredible act of self-emasculation.
First of all Bubba, you knew this was a problem a long time ago, because this isn’t the first time both you and the “General Lee” have been featured in this series. Back in 2012, the NASCAR people wouldn’t let you drive that piece of memorabilia as the pace car as a NASCAR race because “it could be considered offensive.” So, not only is this pure silliness, it’s not new.
Last month, PGA golfer Bubba Watson purchased his dream car – the famed “General Lee” of Dukes of Hazzard fame – for $110,000 at the Barrett-Jackson automobile auction. Phoenix International Raceway officials then invited Watson — a close friend of NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin — to be an honorary race official and take a lap in his new ride prior to the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race at the track. But NASCAR caught wind of the arrangement this week and nixed the whole idea on grounds the car could be considered offensive…
…The General Lee, which was driven by the Duke boys in the early 1980s TV series, is named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee and has a Confederate flag on the roof. While that may have been acceptable in the old NASCAR, the new NASCAR is much more image-conscious and doesn’t want to exclude any of its fans. NASCAR’s view is having the General Lee parade around the track before one of its races could be construed as condoning a symbol of racism.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Anybody who can look at a car and see a symbol of racism wants to see racism everywhere they look. Face it, if you can be offended by an inanimate object, you either have too much time on your hands or you don’t have enough real problems in your life.
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