Cooter says: New 'Dukes' is too sleazy
“[O]n our show, nobody got hurt, nobody cussed, nobody bled, the good guys won, and the Duke boys were heroes because they always made the right moral choice.”— Former GA congressman and “actor”, Ben “Cooter” Jones, on the new Dukes of Hazzard movie
Yee-haw. Guess good old AmTaliban web rag Agape Press is hard up — they cannot find anything newsworthy to cover today. I guess Karl Rove imploding just doesn’t make the cut.
Anyway, I’d hardly call the original show “Classic TV”, but hey, to each their own. Something about seeing a bunch of rednecks chasing each other around in a souped up trashy American car just isn’t appealing to me. I don’t know if it’s family entertainment or not, but it’s crap.
Cooter is calling for a boycott. Honey, there’s no need. I can’t imagine who wants to pay to see this detritus on the big screen.
A former star of The Dukes of Hazzard TV show is urging families to skip the upcoming movie version unless Warner Brothers cleans it up. Ben Jones, who played the mechanic “Cooter” on the popular television series, says profanity and sexual content in the PG-13 film are a “sleazy insult,” akin to taking I Love Lucy and “making her a crackhead.”
“Other than Daisy’s shorts, our show did not have any of that [suggestive content],” Jones says…He says the reason The Dukes of Hazzard is still a hit today on Country Music Television is that “American families are crying out for old-fashioned, clean entertainment.” But according to Jones, Warner Brothers has taken a family show and turned it into something “rough, foul, and raunchy.”
“It’s filled with profanity and sexual situations and sexual innuendo — and to us, it’s like they didn’t honor our show as a great family show,” he says. “They kind of sleazed it. They trashed it.”
Jones, a former Georgia congressman, says Dukes fans should boycott the film unless producer Warner Brothers removes the foul content before the movie is released on August 5. “Unless they clean it up, I’m just saying to Dukes fans that I know: don’t go to see this one. Especially, don’t take your kids to see it thinking you’re going to see a reflection of our show.”