Contrary to reports which spread all across the Internet, Warner Brothers says it has no plans to remove the Southern flag from atop the General Lee. John Huffman covers the story for The New York Times (and be sure to check out the picture that accompanies the story):
Contradicting rumors that circulated through fan forums, film Web sites and other corners of the Internet this week, the orange, incredibly air-worthy 1969 Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard” television series, known as the General Lee, is not expected to lose the Confederate flag from its roof.
“We were not and are not planning to change design of the General Lee on merchandise,” Warner Brothers Consumer Products, the division of the entertainment conglomerate that oversees licensing of merchandise related to its theatrical titles, said in a statement. “All reports to the contrary have been inaccurate to this point.”
Though a second film based on “The Dukes of Hazzard,” a film adaptation released by the studio in 2005, is in development, Warner Brothers said in its statement that it was nowhere near ready to enter production. Consequently, no creative decisions have been rendered about the appearance of the General Lee, meaning replicas and toys made by Warner Brothers’ various licensees would continue to be produced with the flag on the roof.