Bubba Watson paints over Confederate flag on Dukes of Hazzard car
Published 04/07/2015 | 18:36
US golfer Bubba Watson has added his voice to the debate over the Confederate flag by announcing he is to paint over the symbol on the car from the Dukes of Hazzard TV series.
There has been a backlash against flying the flag in the United States due to its controversial conntations.
It was used in the Civil War to rally the southern states, and is seen by many as symbolising racist attitudes. The backlash was sparked by the recent attack on black worshippers at a church in Charleston.
Nine people were killed in the attack and the suspect behind it, Dylann Roof, appeared in photos holding the flag.
Several states announced they would stop flying the flag outside their government buildings, and Watson has now fuelled the debate in his own unique way.
Watson, 36, who hails from Florida, owns the famous car from the Dukes of Hazzard, which features the Confederate flag on its roof.
But he has now decided to paint over it as a gesture of solidarity with the flag's critics, announcing his reasoning on his Twitter account.
Watson said later that it “was the right gesture for me to do. I’m still a fan of the show. There was no racism in the show that I can remember.”