Calendar of Events
January 1, 2014
JERSEY SHORE IN THE SOUTH? NO THANKS
We’ve heard from a lot of folks who are pretty upset that CMT is running commercials for a show called “Party Down South” during the new HD airings of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” As much as we all appreciate CMT bringing “The Dukes” back on, it is obvious that this piece of sleaze (set in South Carolina) doesn’t belong anywhere impressionable kids can see it. It seems to me that it mocks the South I know and love, and that it attempts to portray Southern young people in the worst way possible. Surely someone at CMT’s parent organization in New Jersey should know better than to foist a truly offensive show like this (by the creators of “Jersey Shore”) into the faces of America’s country music fans. We are mostly citizens of the Heartland, where this extreme kind of self-destructive behavior is in direct contrast to “The Dukes of Hazzard”, a show that is trusted by America’s families.
You might want to let them know how you feel about it. Networks need to know how their viewers feel about their programming.
“Just sayin’, is all.”
Ben Jones aka “Cooter”
It seems to me that by relentlessly promoting the sleazy “Party Down South” during commercial breaks for the family-friendly “Dukes of Hazzard” that CMT is cynically insulting the sensibilities, the values, and the intelligence of our audience. Any sensible viewer would have to ask “why?” and the answer, unfortunately, lies in the tastes and sensibilities of the folks in Santa Monica, California where CMT program decisions are made, and in New York City, where CMT’s corporate ownership Viacom is located. The idea of these folks making decisions about country music programming, heartland values, and the ways of Southern and rural Americans is ludicrous at best. But their decisions demean our heartland’s culture and debase our traditions.
When the unacceptable becomes acceptable, when the bar is continually being lowered, what then is unacceptable? Unfortunately, we already have the answer: not much.
I am offended that CMT is insensitive to their obvious and blatant insult. I guess these folks are just too immersed in their own lifestyles to understand their audience. And according to their press releases, the network has bought a number of these so-called “reality” series. They are counting on shows like “Party Down South” (previously named “The Dirty South”) to pay the freight for what was once a great Country Music and Americana network. Hopefully, this foul and dreadful show will meet an early demise, and be replaced by upbeat, positive Nashville entertainment.
Anyhow, I am always amazed at the good hearts and moral tenacity of our fans. I guess we all learned a little bit about right and wrong somewhere along the way. Thanks for your clear message to CMT. They really need to hear it. Spread the word, y’all.
Personally, I am sick and tired of having my native Southland portrayed in the national media by shows like “Party Down South” aka “The Dirty South”. Shame on these people. Dukes Of Hazzard fans can leave comments for CMT on this page: https://www.facebook.com/cmt
Ben Jones aka “Cooter”
December 28, 2013
“Cooter” will be signing 11am-1pm
December 26, 2013
December 26th – January 3rd Rick Hurst “Deputy Cletus Hogg” Will Be Signing Autographs at Cooter’s in Gatlinburg
December 26th – January 3rd Rick Hurst “Deputy Cletus Hogg” Will Be Signing Autographs and taking pictures with folks at Cooter’s in Gatlinburg.
Cooter’s Museum and Store Gatlinburg
Cooter’s Place Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
New location with Indoor Duke’s Themed Go-Karts and the Hazzard Country Club 18-hole Mini-Golf Course.
Click to Order (Family Package On-Sale on cootersplace.com for 45.00)
December 21, 2013
The RappHappy Holidays Show
Saturday Dec 21st Free Christmas Concert with Cooter and The Garage Band in Washington, VA
December 7, 2013
Dec 7th Ben “Cooter” Jones Will Be Signing Autographs at Cooter’s in Gatlinburg 11am-1pm
December 3, 2013
The City of Gatlinburg invites you to bundle up and join us for Gatlinburg’s 38th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade this coming Friday at 7:30pm!http://gburg.to/1cU5ukl
Come Watch the General Lees and Patrol Cars in the Parade
November 23, 2013
Nov 23rd-30th Sonny Shroyer “Deputy Enos Strate” Will be signing autographs at Cooter’s in Gatlinburg, TN
November 23rd thru November 30th Sonny Shroyer will be signing autographs each day from 11am-2pm and 4pm-7pm at Cooter’s in Gatlinburg, TN
November 2, 2013
October 19, 2013
Ben “Cooter” Jones will only be there on the 19th of October
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