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Schneider: What Is Acceptable Level

Holden, LA – As television star turned country singer John Schneider promotes his latest project, he is also drawing attention for raising questions on the validity of the presidential election’s vote count.  He is suggesting a pause until legal challenges have been addressed.

Along with roughly 72 million American voters, he is questioning the validity of the vote count and the role the media (instead of the electoral college) has played in prematurely concluding a winner.  Several states, in fact, have yet to certify their election results. “My sincere recommendation is that those who are banking on this ‘projection’ to be ‘written in stone’ save yourselves the embarrassment of losing yet again to not only the justice system but the very core of what the United States of America is all about,” Schneider posted on Facebook on Monday… and it didn’t get tagged, censored, or removed.

Known to many for his ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ role as Bo Duke, Schneider is currently promoting his new ‘Stand On It’ drive-in concert and movie. Part of the ‘Save the Small Town Drive-In Tour’, the event features Schneider and the Stars ‘N Bars band, Trick Pony’s Keith Burns, and Cody McCarver of Confederate Railroad fame.  Directed by Schneider some four decades later, the movie pays tribute to the 1977 box office classic Smokey and the Bandit.

He was 16-years-old when he skipped school, climbed over a fence, and snuck onto the “Smokey” film set. Though he had only performed in a few local commercials at the time, Schneider knew enough to “find the guy with the radio” and talk to him first. The teenaged Schneider walked up to the radio guy and apologized for being late, even though he wasn’t expected. Schneider then asked where hair and makeup was. Schneider wound up being an extra in the film starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.

Though his uncredited role in the action-comedy classic didn’t immediately lead to another role, that experience fueled him during the audition for his star-turning role as Bo Duke two years later. Alongside Tom Wopat (as Luke Duke) and Catherine Bach (as Daisy Duke), Schneider ended up starring in ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ for its seven-season, 147-episode run from 1979-85. The show drew as many as 20 million viewers per episode and became the second-highest rated show on television by its third season.

‘Stand On It’ – the 12th movie Schneider has made – follows the same general plot as its “Smokey” predecessor. Schneider’s character, The Duke, makes a bet with local hustlers to deliver goods within 24 hours. If he succeeds, he wins half a million dollars. If he loses, he forfeits his truck. And of course, there are plenty of car stunts and chases throughout, as well as playful nods to the late 70’s classic.

An outdoor birthday event for Schneider also gave fans a chance to be extras in the movie, which begins and ends at a fair. He used the opportunity to film two of the major car stunts – a police car landing backwards into a mobile home, and a Dodge Hellcat making a 100-foot jump over the Tickfaw River. Four cameras captured the dramatic jump.

His acting credits cover over 160 television series and movie appearances. Along with his acting success, Schneider broke into the music business as a singer in the early 1980s.  He has released nine studio albums, two compilation greatest hits packages, and over 18 singles.  “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know”, “Country Girls”, “What’s a Memory Like You”, and “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight”, all reached the top of the Billboard country charts.  He was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame in Baton Rouge, LA in 2019.
   

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Video entitled ‘Acceptable Levels’ was streamed live and posted on his YouTube channel on November 12, 2020.  Schneider dares to ask, “Is there an acceptable level for cheating and fraud?”.

   
You can find more info on the ‘Stand On It’ movie and Schneider at JohnSchneiderStudios.com.

  
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