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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Cancels 'Dukes of Hazzard'-themed Show

By paigemom     Mar 19, 2007 in Entertainment
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra canceled a concert featuring music and images from "The Dukes of Hazzard" television show that ended a long run in 1985.
The reason? Concerns about the "Confederate imagery" associated with the show. Imagery such as the Confederate flag depicted on the hood of the show's famous car, the General Lee. Oh, and don't forget the horn that plays the first 12 notes of "Dixie," a popular song in the South before and during the Civil War.
Original Dukes Tom Wopat and John Schneider had already signed contracts to appear in the Pops concert, and are very disappointed by the decision. Scneider said, "I would like for people to examine their motives, however, and their knee-jerk reactions to someone else's prejudice and bigotry."
Despite the cancellation, the orchestra hopes to work with "the Dukes" in the future. Both Schneider and Wopat have pursued music careers since the show.
I saw the headline, and assumed at first that the Cincinatti Pops Orchestra was canceling the event due to an infusion of good taste. I mean, really, who wants to dress up in a tuxedo and pay orchestra prices to hear Tom Wopat sing for two or more hours?
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