Ben “Cooter” Jones is extremely unhappy about the release of The Dukes of Hazzard on July 5.

Not only did the producers blow off the entire original cast, he told Matt Lauer this morning on the Today Show, but the show’s sexual inuendos are “in your face.”

This may or may not be the case; however there growing trend of remaking television shows into blockbuster films, and there is one word I have: Campy.

Case in point:
Charlie’s Angels. My mother, once a huge Charlie’s Angels fan, was disgusted by the rendition released five years ago. She couldn’t believe how the producers butchered the original show.

The Wild, Wild West, Bewitched, and now The Dukes of Hazzard, just to name a few. The difference being, of course, Cooter has been more vocal about it than other former cast members of these beloved shows.

The shows are corny as hell to us when we watch them in 2005. But instead of capturing the essence of what people loved about these shows, the directors and actors are mocking them. I can’t blame anyone who was originally involved in the making of these shows for being offended. In fact, I wouldn’t blame people who grew up watching these series if they were offended by these blockbuster remakes, made so the current generations can do what they do best: make fun of everything and everyone.

What happened to just enjoying something for the sake of enjoying it?

Does Cooter have Sour Grapes? No, I don’t think so, though he has every right to have them. He’s hurt, as well he should be, from the sounds of it. He didn’t come out and say it in the interview today, but there’s no doubt in my mind this movie is mocking, no ridiculing the original series. I’d be pissed off, too.

Also: Jessica Simpson does not hold a candle to Nancy Sinatra. She said she turned down the role of “Jersey” in Coyote Ugly because the role wasn’t “wholesome” enough, but have you seen the video to “These Boots are Made for Walkin’?” I’d hardly call that skimpy piece of cloth she’s calling a bikini “wholesome.” But this is a whole other ball of yarn. 🙂

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