Bubba Watson announced Thursday that he intends to paint over the Confederate flag on the General Lee. The professional golfer says he plans to paint the American flag on top of the original car from The Dukes of Hazzard.
Watson made his announcement via Twitter.
Bubba Watson bought the General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger, in 2012 for $110,000. The Washington Post reports that in January, the two-time Masters champion put the car on display at the Arizona auction house where he purchased it, at the same time having John Schneider (Bo Duke) autograph the iconic car.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Watson, a huge fan of The Dukes of Hazzard series, spent an additional $10,000 after he purchased the General Lee to fix the problems the car had due to doing stunts in the show.
“It had done a lot of jumping. There was a big concrete block in the back seat to stabilize it when it was airborne, none of the gauges on the dash worked, and it didn’t have seat belts.”
Bubba Watson’s announcement comes as opposition continues to grow in regards to displays of the Confederate flag following the June 17 Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting that left nine dead. Alleged gunman Dylann Roof posted pictures of himself holding the flag before the shooting.
Amidst the Confederate flag controversy, TV Land announced earlier this week it is pulling reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard. Although TV Land executives gave no explanation as to why the reruns were pulled, the network’s announcement came as the show became part of national debate over the use of the controversial battle flag on the top of the General Lee.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, John Schneider spoke out about TV Land’s decision. Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the hit series from 1979 to 1985, says the network is overreacting.
“The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality. 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. 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.'”
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