You can’t think of John Schneider without picturing the General Lee whipping through Hazzard County. Both the iconic car and actor from Dukes of Hazzard have become embodiment of good ol’ boys never meanin’ no harm. Schneider played the lovable Bo Duke with the General Lee as his wheels of choice. Since the show ended in 1985, some viewers felt that one aspect of the show hasn’t aged particularly well. The General Lee has been the focal point of controversy for decades because of the Confederate flag on its roof and dedication to the Confederate Army’s general.
Of course, the star, himself, has heard plenty of the conversation surrounding his mechanical co-star. According to Schneider, those that wish to change or “cancel” Dukes of Hazzard were originally the older generation.
“It was the older, uneducated generation that wanted to remove it from the series, from the airwaves,” Schneider explained. “There’s a group of people that seem to base their values on removing what they’re against. I’ve always placed people’s values on what they are for.”
But the initial strong opinions about the General Lee didn’t last very long, according to the Dukes of Hazzard star. Soon enough, the controversy regarding the famous (or infamous, depending on the viewer) car seemed to fade away into the background. Because of the past dispute, Schneider wasn’t surprised when the issue came back into headlines in 2020.
“It had been attacked maybe 20 years ago. And then that attack went away. I guess the critics found another hobby,” Schneider said.
Lately, though, the conversation has returned and the dynamic has reversed. This time, younger generations tend to advocate for the removal of the flag from the franchise while older generations want to keep the car intact.
‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star Explains Why the General Lee Will Live on
Even with the renewed passion for the removal of the car, Schneider believes that the General Lee will never truly be removed from the Dukes of Hazzard franchise from what he’s seen on the road.
“But I tell you, my wife and I dirt track race. We are out among people from coast to coast all year round,” Schneider explained to Fox News. “And there are still children playing with General Lees in the dirt regardless of cancel culture trying to cancel it. And I think it’s because parents save their General Lees and pass them down to another generation.”
Because of these hand-me-down toy cars, Schneider believes that the families that first watched and loved the Dukes of Hazzard will keep the General Lee alive in the franchise. As for “cancel culture’s” role in the argument, Schneider feels that the popular series’ plethora of fans more than make up for its critics.