Dukes Of Hazzard Actor Ben ‘Cooter’ Jones Defends Confederate Flag After Show Pulls Merchandise — SEE STATEMENT
“Dukes of Hazzard” actor Ben Jones, who played Cooter on the 1970s-80s TV series, is refusing to stop selling the Confederate flag and related items in his Cooter’s Place stores and “Hazzard”-themed museum, even as Warner Bros., the studio behind the show, will discontinue the sale of any official merchandise featuring the “stars and bars” of the flag.
Jones took to his Facebook account late Tuesday to tells fans know the flag will never be removed from his establishments. He also spoke out against activists and politicians who are “vilifying [sic] southern culture” by denouncing the Confederate flag. Chains such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon, have joined a growing list of retailers who will no longer sell Confederate items in the wake of last week’s Charleston church shooting, but Jones does not believe displaying the Confederate flag is in any way supporting the horrific events.
“We are all the same good people today that we were last week,” wrote the former TV star. “We are not going to be shamed into turning our backs on our heritage and our convictions. We are not racists. We despise racism and bigotry.” Jones went on to say he’s prepared to stand up against anyone who tries to get in the way of flying his flags with pride. “Cooter’s is going to sell our Southern symbols as long as there is a Cooter’s,” he writes. “I will fight these people until hell freezes over, and then I will fight them on the ice.” Read Jones’ full Facebook comments below, and let us know what you think.