One of the top pro golfers in the world, who happens to own a 1969 Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” has added his voice to the controversy over the TV show, the car and the Confederate battle flag painted on its roof.
CBS News reports that Bubba Watson, the champion of the 2012 and 2014 Masters Tournaments, came down on the side of those who don’t appreciate the flag.
Watson tweeted Thursday: “All men ARE created equal, I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee #USA.”
Watson’s announcement comes amid an increasingly vocal outcry against the Confederate flag — and comes on the heels of a decision by TV Land to stop airing episodes of “Dukes of Hazzard.” The increased focus on the flag followed a mass shooting last month at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.
“The man police charged with the attack, Dylann Roof, posted photos online showing him burning a U.S. flag and holding a Confederate flag, along with a manifesto laying out hatred of minorities,” CBS News reports.
The report notes that Watson planned to drive the “General Lee” as part of the festivities at a 2012 NASCAR race in Phoenix, but was banned by the sanctioning body from appearing in the car because of concerns about the image of the Confederate flag on the roof. NASCAR has been dealing with controversy about the flag for years, and has recently stepped up efforts to reduce its presence at races.