Bubba Watson will paint over Confederate flag on his General Lee
In response to the increasing controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, Bubba Watson announced on Thursday that he will paint over the one located on the roof of his General Lee, the 1969 Dodge Charger popularized on the 1980s series, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” a collector’s item he has owned since 2012, according to a report from the Pensacola News Journal.
All men ARE created equal, I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) July 2, 2015
Watson, currently in the field at the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier classic, purchased the automobile at auction for $110,000, writing in a Facebook post shortly after he gained possession of the General Lee 01, writing, “Sorry to all that are offended by my car ‘General Lee 1’ but car is #Awesome.”
Watson later had the car signed by John Schneider, the actor who portrayed Bo Duke on “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
Re-runs of the show — which aired from Jan. 26, 1979 to Feb. 8, 1985 — were pulled from the TV Land lineup earlier this week in response to the backlash to the flag prompted in the wake of shootings of nine African-Americans at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17. Photographs surfaced afterward of Dylann Roof, the suspected gunman behind the shootings, with the flag.
Warner Bros. also announced this week it would cease production of toys and replicas of the General Lee.
Watson’s announcement isn’t the only way the Confederate flag controversy has infiltrated the world of sports. NASCAR issued a statement earlier this week requesting that fans refrain from displaying the flag at races.