Comedian Rob Schneider was mocked on social media after telling podcast host Glenn Beck, “I don’t care about my career.”
Schneider appeared as a full actor for four years Saturday night live before moving on to more film and television work. More recently, however, he has made headlines with his views on COVID-19 vaccines.
A longtime opponent of childhood vaccinations, Schneider switched his support from Democrats to Republicans before declaring himself an “independent.”
During his chat with the former CNN and Fox News host, Schneider took aim at the current state of SNL.
The 58-year-old highlighted the moment just after Donald Trump won the 2016 US election, when Kate McKinnon, dressed as Hillary Clinton, opened the show at the piano and performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as the point at which he the Sketch series found “About.”
He told Beck, “I literally prayed, ‘Please make a joke at the end. Do not do that. Please don’t go down there.’ And at the end there was no joke, and I said, ‘It’s over. It’s over. It’s not coming back.’”
However, it was his claim that he was “absolutely” willing to sacrifice everything for his beliefs that garnered the most social media resonance.
In a clip shared by the official Glenn Beck podcast account on Twitter, Schneider told Beck, “I don’t care about my career. I care about my children and the country they will live in.”
Schneider told Beck a story about how during World War II British Air Force pilots would visit a chaplain and ask him why they should fight.
Schneider said the chaplain told them, “That [the war] is a step back into the darkest parts of humanity and we must now take responsibility for that.”
His statement found the support of Gina Carano, who is also against COVID vaccines and mask wearing. She tweeted the clip and told Schneider, “I’ll fly with you.”
However, the vast majority of reactions to the video, which has been viewed 1.4 million times, have been negative, with many users poking fun at Schneider’s claim that he doesn’t care about his career.
One Twitter user wrote, “I’m pretty sure his career is long dead anyway,” and another wrote, “It’s easy not to care about your career when you don’t have one.”
“Wait, is that guy still there?” asked a third, while a fourth replied: “Oh come on. All of western civilization is breathlessly awaiting the release of ‘The Hot Chick 2’.”
There were some who tried to defend Schneider’s views. “Nice to see a Hollywood actor on the right side of history,” wrote one supporter, while another commented, “Rob Schneider was such a breath of fresh air. It’s incredible to hear a celebrity being unabashedly conservative and doing it for love of country and family.”
A third added: “Thanks for being one of the good guys! You have my 100% support and I will keep you in my prayers. God knows where our hearts really are.”
However, those responses were outliers, with the majority eager to rip the star over his remarks to Beck.
TV presenter Farron Cousins shared the clip, writing: “Rob Schneider says he doesn’t care if he loses his career is how I say I don’t care if I get fat – it happened a long time ago .”
Author Krister Johnson also reposted the video, commenting, “Never has a man given up so little for so much.”
Meanwhile, political activist Leah Greenberg simply asked, “Rob Schneider has a career?” and filmmaker Jesse Hawken commented, “It’s unanimous: no one cares about Schneider’s career anymore.”
news week asked Schneider and Beck for comment.
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