If you can’t beat them, leave. That’s how John Schneider says conservatives can push back against “cancel culture” in Hollywood. The former Dukes of Hazzard star said he doesn’t see the point in complaining about a system he can’t change.
“If you are going to complain about the powers that be in Hollywood, what you really need to have already done is pick up your little shovel and your little bucket and leave their sandbox and start your own,” John Schneider told Fox News Tuesday.
Schneider says he knows because he walked away from mainstream Hollywood in 2011. It’s why he created John Schneider Studios and began producing his own movies and music. He and his wife also run the Stars N’ Cars Drive-In Louisiana.
There’s a power in being able to control your own destiny, and it means that you’re less affected by shifting political winds. Many celebrities say they’re victims of “cancel culture” and have lost work because of their beliefs. Schneider thinks being able to create your own work makes you impervious to those forces.
“You can’t cancel me,” he said, “I quit.”
The Bo Duke actor still makes the occasional appearance in Hollywood productions. He showed up in the Hallmark movie Christmas in Tune with Reba McEntire earlier this month. But he’s happy to find his own way.
“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.”
John Schneider: Critics of ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Missed The Point
Critics attacked The Dukes of Hazzard last year over the rebel flag painted on the General Lee’s roof. They tried to get the flag removed from reruns or have the show pulled from the syndication. John Schneider said he wasn’t surprised. This has happened before.
“It was the older, uneducated generation that wanted to remove it from the series, from the airwaves,” he told Fox News. “There’s a group of people that seem to base their values on removing what they’re against. I’ve always placed people’s values on what they are for.”
Schneider says he still signs models of the car and sees kids playing with toy versions of the iconic 1969 orange Dodge Charger today. That makes him happy because he feels it embodies what the show was about.
“The Dukes of Hazzard is still out of date and as relevant as it ever was,” he said. “You should see how kids react when they realize I’m Bo Duke. It depends where you are, but from where I stand, none of the cancel culture antics is going to diminish what the show has represented to families who grew up on it. It brought families together.”