NEWS: Dukes of Hazzard star John Schnieder slams TV Land for dropping show

(I get the flag represents some ugliness in the past, but if you were to wipe out all the ugly stuff the good ‘ol USA has done in the past – well, there wouldn’t be much left.  Yes, stop waving it at government buildings, stop using it as an official flag to represent official government business, but to nail a dumb TV show to the wall because of a flag on a car – this shit almost made Idiot of the Week this week.  Here’s an article we found where Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider isn’t very happy about reruns of the show being cancelled.  That is just dumb. – FATS)

John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, is putting TV Land on blast after the network pulled reruns of the hit series off its schedule.

“The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality,” Schneider told The Hollywood Reporter this week.

The actor added that he wants the show to continue because of the old-fashioned values it promotes, including honesty, courage, chivalry, and rebelliousness. Those now criticizing The Dukes of Hazzard because of the Confederate flag atop the General Lee, he says, are missing the point.

banned-flag“I am saddened that one angry and misguided individual can cause one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium to suddenly be seen in this light,” Schneider said, referencing the suspect accused of killing nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina last month, adding, “Come on, TV Land, can’t we all just watch TV?”

Warner Bros. previously said it will no longer license toys or model cars of the General Lee. Professional golfer Bubba Watson also said he plans to paint over the Confederate flag on the General Lee car that he owns, and wants to paint an American flag in its place.

“Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists?” John Schneider asks.

John Schneider is blasting TV Land for its decision to erase from its schedule — due to its depiction of the Confederate flag — reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard, the wholesome show that made the actor a teen idol in the 1980s.

“The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality,” Schneider told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

TV Land confirmed Wednesday that it pulled the show in the aftermath of the June 17 shooting in Charleston, S.C., perpetrated by Dylann Roof, who was a fan of the Confederacy, known in the 19th century for its defense of slavery.

750x400xconfederate-flag-banned-750x400.jpg.pagespeed.ic.1moEY0YUOmSchneider says his residuals from the show “have never been much to write home about,” but he would like the show to persist because of the old-fashioned values it promotes, such as honesty, courage, chivalry, rebelliousness and the like. Those who seek to malign the show because the famous car it featured had a Confederate flag painted on the roof are missing the point, he says.

“I am saddened that one angry and misguided individual can cause one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium to suddenly be seen in this light,” Schneider said Wednesday. “Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists? Will they have to go through a detox and a 12-step program to kick their Dukes habit? ‘Hi… My name is John. I’m a Dukesoholic.’”

Earlier Wednesday, Schneider tweeted a photo of Roof burning a U.S. flag while wearing a Gold’s Gym shirt. “I am grossly offended by flag burning. But … is the Gold’s Gym logo to be considered a symbol of racism as well now?” he wrote.

“I’m kidding, of course, but has it really come to this?” he said in an interview with THR. “Come on, TV Land, can’t we all just watch TV?”

Dukes_of_hazzard_cast_photoA week ago, Warner Bros. said it would no longer license models of the Dukes of Hazzard car, known as the General Lee, unless the licensees stripped the Confederate flag from the car’s roof, and Schneider similarly weighed in on that decision.

“Throwing this particular baby out with the bathwater seems reactionary and overly PC to me,” Schneider told THR last week. “If the flag was a symbol of racism, then Bo and Luke and Daisy and Uncle Jesse were a pack of wild racists, and that could not be further from the truth.”

Schneider starred in Dukes of Hazzard from 1979 to 1985. He recently founded John Schneider Studios in Louisiana where he is shooting Like Son, a feature film he wrote and executive produced and in which he plays a small role.