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SHORT TAKES: STARS AND BARRED- Times are Changing in Hazzard County...

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 10, 2015

Q: Given the series’ prominent use of the Confederate flag,TV Land recently pulled its reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard from its broadcast schedule.Wasthis the right decision?How should our industry approach content from earlier eras that glorifies or celebrates the Confederate flag?

Roland Tec, Co-Producer, Defiance:

This question highlights the inherent push/pull that exists in television between the needs of advertisers and those of viewers. Whose interests should be paramount here? If it’s the advertisers, the answer is clear: Pull the potentially offensive content. But if the interests of the viewers guide the decision-making, we’d go the other way, with an understanding that humanity needs to acknowledge and reflect upon its history and culture, not bury its head in the sand.

Carrie Certa, Segment Producer, The Kennedy Files:

No. I would pull any episode which discusses the flag in an approving or glorifying way, but they should not pull the entire series.

Wendy Miller, Executive Producer/Director, Groundbreakers with John Waters:

I’m not sure if there’s ever been a show more offensive than Hogan’s Heroes on TV. I watched it when I was a kid, and no matter how sexy and freewheelin’ Major Hochstetter was, the show never made me want to become a member of the Gestapo. The Dukes of Hazzard is as racist as The Beverly Hillbillies and just about every other TV show produced in the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. I’m not saying it’s wrong, I’m just saying it’s a slippery slope. Just ask the people burning copies of Huckleberry Finn.

Roland TecCarrie CertaWendy Miller

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