John Schneider wants nothing to do with the culture behind cancel culture. And the Dukes of Hazzard star is looking forward to the day the fad ends.
Cancel culture a.k.a. “call-out culture” has become a pretty standard phenomenon these days, especially for celebrities. If a person makes a public statement that goes against the norm, large groups of people lash back by making the person obsolete. Meaning, a celebrity may lose a large portion of their social media followers. And they may also have a hard time finding work in Hollywood.
In a recent interview, Fox News asked John Schneider about his take on the phenomenon. And Schneider said he’s been asked that question a lot lately. Mainly because Dukes of Hazzard has come under fire for its use of the General Lee flag. People want the image edited out of the scenes. And he’s against the idea, which in turn puts him under fire.
But Schneider doesn’t want to be accepted by the people behind cancel culture.
“Simply put, why would I want to belong to a country club that would have me as a member?,” he said quoting Groucho Marx. “Cancel culture is very short-sighted, and it’s very much against everything I believe in concerning freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”
And since John Schneider doesn’t plan on changing his views to fit in with the crowd, he’ll just lay low while cancel culture runs its course.
“I’m looking forward to the day when the wind finally comes out of the sails of all that nonsense,” he concluded.
‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star John Schneider Says ‘All My Best Memories’ From Show Revolve Around One Costar
John Schneider worked with a long list of talented and iconic actors while he played Bo Duke on Dukes of Hazzard. But he was particularly fond of one actor.
When Schneider started with the series, he was only 19 years old. The 49-year-old Pyle had been in the industry for a while, and he was a father figure for Schneider.
“He was a wonderful mentor to me,” he continued.
“Whenever I had a new girlfriend he would say to me, ‘you’ve met somebody, haven’t you?’ I’d say, ‘yes, sir.’ And he’d say, ‘does she make you laugh?’” Schneider recalled. “If I waited for more than half a second to answer the question, he would look at me with a sad face and say, ‘Well, good luck.’”
John Schneider took that advice seriously, and he made sure he married someone who Pyle would approve of.
“I’ve carried that with me,” he said. “That’s why I call [my wife] Alicia my smile. She’s my laughter. And every time I think about that, I think about the wonderful relationship I had with Pyle.”