May 6, 2014

Cooter Blasts 'Party Down South' as 'Sleazy'


Ben Jones, the actor who played Cooter in "The Dukes of Hazzard," is on a crusade to get "Party Down South" taken off the air.

The CMT reality show, which is currently filming in Athens, is "the sleaziest" thing on television and stereotypes Southerners, says the guy who co-starred on a show set in South Georgia with a character called Boss Hog, a car with the Confederate flag on the hood and cousins who constantly flirted with each other.

"I have several reasons to detest this show, which is without a doubt the most offensive and sleaziest thing ever to make it to a national audience already neck-deep in offensive sleaze, much of it courtesy of your corporation," he wrote at the time. "...We in the Southland are accustomed to being mocked, stereotyped and accused of all sorts of decadence and hatreds. The South has become a convenient whipping boy for the sins of the entire United States. But since we don't produce the films and the television shows, your false version of us becomes the 'accepted truth.'

"Party Down South is a show about 4 men and 4 women who are obviously being told by these Hollywood/New York producers to drink as much booze as possible and then to do the most banal and boorish things conceivable," he continues. "And these morons succeed at depraved acts that would have made the Marquis DeSade blush."

Jones is organizing a boycott of the show and urging viewers to tell CMT to cancel it.