CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Professional golfer Bubba Watson announced on social media he plans to remove the Confederate flag from the iconic "General Lee," the car featured in "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV series.
Watson, who purchased the 1969 Dodge Charger he called "dream car" in January, 2012, made the announcement on Facebook and Twitter to mixed reaction Thursday.
"All men ARE created equal," Watson said in a post on Twitter Thursday. "I believe that so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee." He ended the tweet with a #USA hashtag.
Watson's announcement comes on top of two other blows for fans of the CBS series, which ran from 1979 to 1985 on CBS.
On June 24, Warner Brothers, which owns the show, announced the only vendor licensed to produce miniature models of the car would no longer be allowed to produce them.
Then on Tuesday, cable network TV Land announced it had pulled the program from its lineup.
The developments are among the latest in a growing flap over the Confederate Battle flag.
The National Park Service confirmed Confederate flags were taken down at Fort Sumter, the place where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, and Confederate flag items were removed from the gift shop.
The new controversy over the Confederate flag was sparked after photos surface of Dylann Roof, the man charged with nine murders inside a Charleston church, posing with the Confederate battle flag. A renewed call to remove the flag from the South Carolina State House grounds followed, and lawmakers are scheduled to begin debating a plan to do so on Monday.