Friday, 26 June 2015

The General Lee

I'm going to start with this: There is no reason any state should fly the Confederate flag. They lost the war, the flag of the loser is not flown by the winner.

Got to see The General at Cooters Place last year. Was good for my inner child
Now that I have that out of the way. The first thing I read this morning was about how WB has pulled the licensing rights to the The General Lee to prevent further releases of it with the flag on the roof. <sigh> I see this as a bit far. It may be that I am Canadian, and wasn't really aware of the civil war in the US until much later in life, it may be that I just grew up watching The Dukes of Hazzard. I never saw The General Lee as a statement for racism. I always saw it as an icon of rebellion. The Dukes weren't out trying to keep the North from freeing their slaves, they were running moonshine and exposing a corrupt politicians scams. 

I won't be flying the flag on my Jeep out of respect for those it does offend, but I will be vocal about defending it's place on top of The General Lee. 

In short, is the Confederate flag controversial? Yes. Does it warrant being wiped from a pop-culture reference that we grew up with? I don't think so. 

Let me know what you think.

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