“CityNews Toronto” completely sided with this irate women in the now viral General Lee replica car video.
First the backstory:
A woman who attended a festival in the suburbs of Toronto rudely freaked out upon seeing a replica of the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard — and filmed her freakout, and then uploaded the whole thing on Facebook which has since gone completely viral.
The triggered festival-goer, Ybia Anderson, completely lost her mind at the sight of the 1969 Dodge Charger famous for its Confederate flag-adorned roof and lack of doors.
The mis-hap occurred last Saturday at the 32nd annual Highland Creek Heritage Festival.
Anderson — who even brought her three-year-old son to the event featuring rides, a beer tent and a classic car show — said she was aghast when she set her eyes on the jump-prone muscle car driven by Bo and Luke, the good old boys.
“I was in shock at first,” she said, according to Inside Toronto. “My heart started beating.”
In her mobile phone video, Anderson expresses great outrage at the car and demands that festival organizers get rid of it immediately.
“I want the car gone!” Anderson demands in the video. “I want it out of sight!”
“Everyone knows, anyone who went to high school, you fucking numb nuts!” Anderson said, apparently with her young child in tow. “This is racist.”
“I’m appalled that I’m the first person to flip out about this,” Anderson later explained, according to Inside Toronto. “It was very painful for me.”
She also complained that other attendees at the festival made unkind comments after she yelled and cussed and made a huge, disturbing scene about the General Lee’s presence.
Festival organizers issued a profuse apology for allowing the car to be part of the festival and promised “to strive for greater sensitivity and preparation in the future.”
“The Dukes of Hazzard” was a one-hour CBS show. It ran from 1979 to 1985.
In 2015, TV Land, a Viacom cable channel, announced that it had yanked all reruns of “The Dukes of Hazzard” from its schedule.
Now for the fallout:
One of our Facebook community members had this to say, with first-hand experience:
I wanted to thank you for your post on the General Lee (replica) earlier this week
Speaking as someone who was at the show, how about including that this woman saying, “threaten to hunt down the owner”, and “watch what’s going to happen to this car if it is not moved in 20mins.” As well as all the name calling and swearing that was done at everyone in attendance, for not siding with her. In front of children including her own calling the guy a racist after he told her the car was from a TV show.
The worst part is CityNews Toronto, for sampling a moment (Taking story out of context) and trying to ruin someones life with a fictitious account of what happened in the previous video you posted.
This was from Sean Wilson to Project Republic on Facebook, this individual had a first hand account of what went down.
From CityNews Toronto who completely chopped up, and spun this story:
Video: Woman outraged after spotting confederate flag at Scarborough community festival
A woman says she couldn’t help but have a visceral response after she saw two confederate flags at the Highland Creek Heritage Festival in Scarborough Saturday.
Now the real story, and Full Video of the General Lee freakout:
The General Lee (sometimes referred to as simply “the General”) is the name given to a 1969 Dodge Charger driven in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard by the Duke boys, Bo and Luke, along with cousins Coy and Vance (in season 5). It is known for its signature horn, its police chases, stunts—especially its long jumps—and for having its doors welded shut, leaving the Dukes to climb in and out through the windows. The car appears in every episode but one (“Mary Kaye’s Baby”). The car’s name is a reference to American Civil War general Robert E. Lee. It bears a Confederate flag (a rectangular variant of the square battle flag of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia) on its roof, and also has a horn which plays the first twelve notes of the song “Dixie“.
This lady was obviously over reacting, and further showing how ignorant people can be.
Byron Thomas of the left-wing Washington Post, who happens to be black, wrote the following attempting to explain the history behind the flag, and its meaning:
Four years ago, I became a national news story after I hung a Confederate flag in my dorm room window at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Controversy wasn’t my intention. For me and many Southerners, the flag celebrates my heritage and regional pride. One of my ancestors, Benjamin Thomas, was a black Confederate cook, and I do not want to turn my back on his service to the South. So I hang the flag in honor of his hard work and dedication to South Carolina during the Civil War.
My Confederate flag isn’t racist; after all, I am black. I’m also an American who strongly believes in the constitutional right to free speech. I fought back against the university’s demand that I take my flag down simply because others view it as a symbol of racism. I fought back against the racist interpretation of the flag and I won.
Now there’s a similar debate about the Confederate flag that flies over South Carolina’s statehouse. In the wake of the Charleston church shooting and pictures of the accused killer posing with the Confederate flag, people have demanded the flag be permanently removed from the statehouse grounds. I deeply respect and honor the nine people whose lives were lost in that church, who died with love in their hearts even though evil was among them. I felt that lowering the flag would give power to the racist terrorist who killed them. For a long time, it bothered me that every time someone raised the Confederate flag, someone else fought to have it removed. Racists hijacked the Confederate flag, and by effectively banning it on college campuses and government grounds, we would allow them to keep it.
But my perspective has changed. In her speech this week calling for state legislators to remove the flag from the statehouse grounds, Gov. Nikki Haley spoke of unity. She equally acknowledged the pain and the pride that the flag holds for South Carolinians. She noted how debate over the flag was hurting the state’s soul. “We are not going to allow this symbol to divide us any longer,” she said. “The fact that it causes pain to so many is enough to move it from the capitol grounds.”
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