Former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley Says Hollywood Suppressed of His ‘True Core Values’
By Movieguide® Staff
A future behind a traditional desk job was out the question for Navy SEAL Christopher “Cade” Courtley after nearly 10 years in the military.
However, even before ending his career in the Navy, the new author and former host of Spike TV’s SURVIVING DISASTER said that he was “living a double life” and had begun performing stunt work in San Diego, California.
At the age of 52, Courtley had a passion for entertainment.
“It was a natural progression for a guy in the SEAL teams; it just kind of made sense,” Courtley told Fox News. “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.”
However, Courtley still wanted to make a career out of storytelling, even if it meant being the one behind the camera and not in front.
“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 explained. “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?’ All of a sudden – like clockwork, there’s a boom that went off in the background and he’s like, ‘What the [expletive] 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.”
However, after one season of SURVIVING DISASTER, Courtley felt that Hollywood suppressed his “true core values” and “love for this country.”
“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 said. “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,” Courtley added.
In 2016, Courtley pitched his idea for Victory Coffees on the popular show SHARK TANK. Although Courtley did not land a deal, his business prospered.
“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,” Courtley said.
Courtley also expressed his desire to promote free speech and courage 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,” Courtley said. “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.”