Iconic car ‘General Lee’ faces public backlash

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SAN DIEGO-One of the most iconic cars in TV history has become a lightning rod of controversy as America reevaluates the meaning of the Confederate battle flag.

The General Lee, a  bright orange Dodge Charger pained with a large confederate flag on the roof, became famous on "The Dukes of Hazard."  But after nine black parishioners were killed by a white man carrying the stars and bars, corporate America has been pulling toys, posters and memorabilia featuring the stars and bars from store shelves.

“I think there is a knee jerk reaction here. Walmart, Mattel and all these people are jumping on the bandwagon,” said Lee Smith, the owner of a replica General Lee.

“It was a family show. Anywhere you go today there isn’t a person that doesn’t know that this car is from The Dukes of Hazard.”

Smith says his car is simply celebrating a warm-hearted comedy, and his 1969 Dodge Charger is a car he cherishes. Smith says he has never displayed a confederate flag on any other car.

“I can see where people might feel uneasy about that.”

Smith has driven his General Lee in the last eight 4th of July celebrations. This year he drove his 1940 red Ford truck instead.

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