The Dukes of Hazzard      It is time I address the most pressing controversy in America: TV Land pulling  The Dukes of Hazzard. The tales of cousin Bo, cousin Daisy, and cousin Luke are temporarily not on a cable channel that I cannot find on my cable package.  Let the wearing of sackcloth (with ashes), and the tearing of garments begin.    Thousands of middle-aged doughy white men are outraged because the Dukes are not cruising around cable television in the General Lee, an orange 1969 Dodge Charger, maybe the most famous car on television in the 1980s. Oh, the humanity.    What is next, the removal of The Flying Nun because of anti-Catholic bias? No nun can fly, I don’t care how windy it is, or the removal of B.J. and the Bear because no self-respecting chimpanzee would freely work with Greg Evigan?    Still, I am all in favor of The Dukes of Hazzard being taken off TV. We are talking the Coy and Vance (RIP) year, right? The year that stars Tom Wopat and John Schneider were replaced by look-a-likes because they got in a dispute with the studio? No one should have to suffer through those episodes. Even the cartoon replacement Duke boys stunk on Saturday mornings that year.    It appears that TV Land pulled The Dukes of Hazzard because the stockcar that the boys drove around in, known as the General Lee, had the confederate flag on its roof. Did TV Land overreact? Yes.   For those of you on the other side, those of you upset about TV Land’s decision, sit down and take a deep breath. It is The Dukes of Hazzard. Let me repeat, The Dukes of Hazzard. If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there, does it make a noise? If TV Land stopped airing The Dukes of Hazzard, didn’t say anything, and no one noticed, is The Dukes of Hazzard television show really cancelled?     I cannot imagine that there is a huge audience watching The Dukes of Hazzard weekly on TV Land. Remove televisions where no one is around to change the channel, shut-ins, those trapped in iron lungs, those being tortured in secret CIA prisons and fans with Bo and Luke portraits made from their fingernail clippings hanging in their living room and I am sure all the viewers of the program could get together at a local coffee shop and still have room for the fans of Fall Guy, T.J. Hooker and Air Wolf.   Just because TV Land decided not to air the Dukes for a while, does not mean that a person cannot get their Bo and Luke fix. This is not the era of rabbit ears, your dad yelling at you to get your lazy butt up to change the channel for him, and four networks to choose from, if PBS counts as a channel.    If you want to watch the Dukes, there is this thing called the Internet. Go to YouTube or Hulu. You can watch to your heart’s content. You can even get their adventure on something called DVDs. There are lots of sites where you can purchase them. I would just avoid the ones with the opening page that proclaims “white power.”     There are used DVD/CD stores out there that have copies of the happenings in Hazzard County. Go to a flea market and I am sure that you can buy VHS copies of the show. For the right amount of cash, the five living stars of the show will reenact your favorite episode right in your living room for you. Cooter and Enos will probably fix your porch while they are there as well. It is not like they are doing much.  
The Dukes of Hazzard      It is time I address the most pressing controversy in America: TV Land pulling  The Dukes of Hazzard. The tales of cousin Bo, cousin Daisy, and cousin Luke are temporarily not on a cable channel that I cannot find on my cable package.  Let the wearing of sackcloth (with ashes), and the tearing of garments begin.    Thousands of middle-aged doughy white men are outraged because the Dukes are not cruising around cable television in the General Lee, an orange 1969 Dodge Charger, maybe the most famous car on television in the 1980s. Oh, the humanity.    What is next, the removal of The Flying Nun because of anti-Catholic bias? No nun can fly, I don’t care how windy it is, or the removal of B.J. and the Bear because no self-respecting chimpanzee would freely work with Greg Evigan?    Still, I am all in favor of The Dukes of Hazzard being taken off TV. We are talking the Coy and Vance (RIP) year, right? The year that stars Tom Wopat and John Schneider were replaced by look-a-likes because they got in a dispute with the studio? No one should have to suffer through those episodes. Even the cartoon replacement Duke boys stunk on Saturday mornings that year.    It appears that TV Land pulled The Dukes of Hazzard because the stockcar that the boys drove around in, known as the General Lee, had the confederate flag on its roof. Did TV Land overreact? Yes.   For those of you on the other side, those of you upset about TV Land’s decision, sit down and take a deep breath. It is The Dukes of Hazzard. Let me repeat, The Dukes of Hazzard. If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there, does it make a noise? If TV Land stopped airing The Dukes of Hazzard, didn’t say anything, and no one noticed, is The Dukes of Hazzard television show really cancelled?     I cannot imagine that there is a huge audience watching The Dukes of Hazzard weekly on TV Land. Remove televisions where no one is around to change the channel, shut-ins, those trapped in iron lungs, those being tortured in secret CIA prisons and fans with Bo and Luke portraits made from their fingernail clippings hanging in their living room and I am sure all the viewers of the program could get together at a local coffee shop and still have room for the fans of Fall Guy, T.J. Hooker and Air Wolf.   Just because TV Land decided not to air the Dukes for a while, does not mean that a person cannot get their Bo and Luke fix. This is not the era of rabbit ears, your dad yelling at you to get your lazy butt up to change the channel for him, and four networks to choose from, if PBS counts as a channel.    If you want to watch the Dukes, there is this thing called the Internet. Go to YouTube or Hulu. You can watch to your heart’s content. You can even get their adventure on something called DVDs. There are lots of sites where you can purchase them. I would just avoid the ones with the opening page that proclaims “white power.”     There are used DVD/CD stores out there that have copies of the happenings in Hazzard County. Go to a flea market and I am sure that you can buy VHS copies of the show. For the right amount of cash, the five living stars of the show will reenact your favorite episode right in your living room for you. Cooter and Enos will probably fix your porch while they are there as well. It is not like they are doing much.  
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