Warner Bros. Entertainment, the production company behind The Dukes of Hazzard, has announced it will stop licensing any replicas of General Lee that feature the Confederate flag.
This decision means you won’t be able to buy any new toys or model kits based off the famous car from the 1970s television show. The change by Warner Bros. does not affect the sale of any other types of merchandise that feature the television show’s iconic car.
“Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof — as it was seen in the TV series,” a company spokesperson said to Entertainment Weekly. “We have elected to cease the licensing of these product categories.”
The news comes shortly after retailers including Walmart, Sears, Amazon and eBay announced they would cease sales of any merchandise featuring the Confederate flag. These recent changes have been spurred by public uproar after 21-year-old Dylann Roof killed nine people in a Charleston, S.C. church because of their race. After the shooting, photos of Roof posed with the flag caused a push to remove symbols of the Confederacy from public places and goods.
Although new sales of General Lee replicas have been stopped, Warner Bros. doesn’t plan on making any changes to the car’s appearance. “We were not and are not planning to change the design of the General Lee on merchandise,” the studio said in a statement to the New York Times.