One of the regulars on the hit 1970s-1980s series “The Dukes of Hazzard” is lashing out at a reality show. EW.com’s Inside TV reports that Ben Jones, who portrayed the mechanic Cooter on "Dukes," came down hard on CMT’s new show “Party Down South."
In an open letter to CMT and Viacom, Jones, a former Georgia congressman, calls the series "cultural pornography," a "vile travesty" and “a slimy, semi-obscene fake show from the people who put out ‘Jersey Shore.’ It is about a bunch of trashy, foul-mouthed morons. It is another massive insult to the South, created by New Yorkers and ‘green-lighted’ by people in Los Angeles.”
Jones wants CMT to stop promoting the reality show, which is set in South Carolina, during its airings of old “Dukes of Hazzard” episodes.
“Since 1979 America’s parents have trusted us with their children. CMT has thoughtlessly violated that trust. Enough is enough,” he wrote.
He added, “There are maybe a million kids watching it on CMT every night. But at every commercial break those kids are being exposed to some of the sleaziest advertising I’ve ever seen."
EW reported that it had asked CMT for a response, but hadn’t yet heard back.