Former Navy SEAL-turned-actor Christopher “Cade” Courtley claims that he left Hollywood because he couldn’t express his “true core values” and “love for this country.”
Courtley left the military after almost ten years and sought to make his own way in the world in business for himself. He is an author and the former host of Spike TV’s “Surviving Disaster.” He told Fox News that he felt he was “living a double life” when he left active duty because he was also performing as a stuntman in San Diego.
He apparently loved his work and the thrill of it. Courtley soon moved to Los Angeles and started telling his story which fit a niche in Tinseltown.
“It was a natural progression for a guy in the SEAL teams; it just kind of made sense,” recounted Courtley. “I was doing more and more of that. I was meeting some of the people, the directors, but it didn’t take long to realize that while I was a piss-poor actor, I could string sentences together.”
The former SEAL “enjoyed the production process,” but he found he still needed to do more to make a living so he took contracts in the Middle East to make ends meet.
“So in between spending time in L.A. and trying to get involved in that business but still having to pay the bills – going overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan and working for an agency as a contractor, bouncing back and forth – I was on a trip over in Iraq and I got a call from a producer friend of mine,” Courtley recalled.
“He said, ‘Hey, we’re starting this new TV show that you’d be the perfect host for about surviving disaster situations – what do you think?’” he asked. “All of a sudden – like clockwork, there’s a boom that went off in the background and he’s like, ‘What the hell is that?’ I go, ‘That was an IED, so if you guys are serious, call my lawyer, let’s do a deal, I’ll come on back and we’ll give this a try.’ So I spent the next four or five years doing several different TV show productions and things like that and it was fun.”
“Surviving Disaster” debuted in 2009 and ran for one season. Courtley departed Hollywood five years ago because he didn’t feel he was free to express his “true core values” and “love for this country.” He also seemingly has a low tolerance for leftists who allegedly despise the military.
“I guess every individual has to make a decision. What’s important to you? Being able to freely express your opinions and your beliefs? Because if you can’t do that, I can’t think of anything more un-American than being afraid of expressing your opinion and if you express your opinion in that business,” Courtley declared as a conservative.
“You’re not going to be working in that business if you have patriotic or conservative values. That’s just the reality of that business. So I made a personal decision that my beliefs are more important than getting a pretty decent paycheck in that town and having my own TV show. And I am super happy with that decision,” he proclaimed.
Courtley has found what he loves to do as a self-employed business owner. He runs Victory Coffees which he originally pitched on “Shark Tank” in 2016. That didn’t fly but he kept on with his business anyway and it is now a successful endeavor.
“Now I can go out there and … tell the world that at Victory Coffees we believe in liberty, freedom, and the Constitution of the United States and if you have a problem with that, just try and cancel us. Ain’t going to happen,” he stated.
He also shared his thoughts on cancel culture, arguing that he’s “really asking Americans to stand up and believe in their opinions.”
“And if somebody doesn’t like it or hates you, you still have to press on and continue to have those beliefs and that conviction,” he commented. “And if we do that, the cancel culture will be canceled. It will just go away when people realize, ‘Hey, they are not reacting to this anymore. They’re pressing on with their opinions, their beliefs, their convictions and cancel culture will be gone.’ But as long as people placate to a few of the fringe folks that just can’t stand what you believe in, this will continue and grow. So we really need people to step up and be strong right now.”
(Video Credit: NewsNOW from FOX)
Courtley is admonishing Americans to “Get out of your bubble” and “push your comfort zone a little bit and learn something new.”
“Try the victory challenge. Let’s try and understand this a little bit. Get a hot cup of coffee, bring down the temperature and start your day with a victory,” he advised.
The former SEAL found support on Twitter and disdain for Hollywood in general:
Good for you!! Stand your ground!! I could put you in touch with friends who are Christian conservatives in the business and you could still maybe work with them if you want. Wishing you much success!
— Dea Clawson (@DeaClawson1) June 1, 2021
leave california to rot under the Dems. They destroy everything
— marcus gill (@marcgilllll) May 31, 2021
Thank you for your Service Sir!!! It pains me knowing you put your life on the line for these folks to have the freedom they enjoy everyday…but yet bash you for expressing your opinion. They all seem to think they are somehow better than their actual saviors. Ugh!!!
— kim lo (@kimberlo99) May 31, 2021
Hollywood is all about money – no values.
— Maggie (@maggie_views) May 31, 2021
Yeah I will get the hell out of Hollywood it’s full of bullshit.
— Mr-b (@bhcorndog) May 31, 2021
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