Add “The Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider to the list of people unhappy with TV Land for pulling reruns of the show from its schedule.
Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the show, told The Hollywood Reporter that the show is not based on racism.
The 1980s show got caught up in the flap over the Confederate flag after the shooting of nine black people at a Charleston, South Carolina church last month. In the show the two Duke boys drive a car emblazoned with the flag.
“The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality,” Schneider told THR.
He defended the show, saying it promoted values such as honesty, courage, chivalry and rebelliousness, and said he was upset that “one angry and misguided individual can cause one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium to suddenly be seen in this light.”
Schneider emphasized the point with this tweet on Wednesday:
He also posted a video to YouTube to expound on what he told The Hollywood Reporter. In the video he asked people to remember the people who died in Charleston.
“People have lost their lives and that is what we should be thinking about,” he says in the video.
He told THR that people who “seek to malign the show because the famous car it featured had a Confederate flag painted on the roof are missing the point.
“Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists? Come on, TV Land, can’t we all just watch TV?”