Actor Ben “Cooter” Jones of “Dukes of Hazzard” fame isn’t too pleased with a recent decision by Warner Bros. to stop selling “Dukes of Hazzard” merchandise that features the Confederate flag.
The Warner Bros. decision comes after companies like Walmart and Amazon have stopped selling Confederate items, in the wake of the tragic shooting deaths of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina.
In a Facebook post this week, Jones explained his displeasure.
“THAT FLAG ON TOP OF THE GENERAL LEE MADE A STATEMENT THAT THE VALUES OF THE RURAL SOUTH WERE THE VALUES OF COURAGE AND FAMILY AND GOOD TIMES,” Jones wrote in all caps on his page, announcing that his online shop would continue to sell Confederate merchandise.
“WE ARE NOT RACISTS. WE DESPISE RACISM AND BIGOTRY. AND WE THINK THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CREATING THIS ‘CULTURAL CLEANSING’ ARE THE REAL BIGOTS IN THIS STORY,” he wrote.
“WHEN WE SAY OUR FLAG STANDS FOR ‘HERITAGE, NOT HATE’ AND ‘PRIDE, NOT PREJUDICE’, WE MEAN IT. AND WE BELIEVE THAT OLD SAYING, ‘YOU CAN’T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING IF YOU FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM,'” he added.