We’ve watched actor and director Ricky Schroeder grow up through his award-winning movie and television roles such as in "The Champ," "Silver Spoons," "NYPD Blue," and "Lonesome Dove."
It’s particularly satisfying that with so many questionable and woke personalities in Hollywood, Schroeder is a patriot with traditional values, actively fighting to restore them to this country.
He’s the founder and president of Reel American Heroes Foundation, a non-profit serving to create content to celebrate America’s heroes.
Under this umbrella is the Council on Pornography Reform (CPR), promoting a safer and more responsible digital landscape despite the seemingly boundless adult film industry invading the screens of children and teens.
As Schroeder’s career stretched back practically to his infancy, I wondered what life experiences he may have missed as a child or opportunities that he had that most children do not.
His thoughtful reply: "I missed out on quite a few, (including) school social groups. I was working a lot. At the age of 5, I had 100 jobs."
Schroeder traveled to gigs in Manhattan from his home in Staten Island.
"I got to be around a lot of kinds of jobs of adults. I colored my view."
Following up on that, I pointed out that the entertainment industry has a disproportionate percentage of people living alternative lifestyles.
I wondered when he realized that he had traditional conservative views and how does that work in Hollywood.
"I started feeling different. I didn’t always have conservative values. But I didn’t quite fit in with my Hollywood friends.
"Then later, when I had children, I didn’t have the same concerns. I was a dad at 21. I moved out to Colorado, a ranch."
We talked about his directing recruiting commercials for the U.S. Army. He also was embedded 110 days in Afghanistan with the military to capture footage for documentaries.
It’s a big difference now with "The Calling," the Army recruiting ad featuring a married lesbian set of parents.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Army, Navy and Air Force have failed to meet their latest recruiting numbers. "It’s very concerning that they’re having recruiting challenges. In the Army, they have a saying, 'Everybody bleeds green.' That’s the culture that needs to stay. (Otherwise) It’s divisive, destructiveness to cohesiveness of the military."
He spoke about the danger of DEI.
As to the Oscars, "I’ve been a member of the Academy since I was 8. There were accusations made by Jada Pinkett Smith because her husband wasn’t nominated." He discussed how the Academy then required that DEI be represented on the story, the crew. But as Schroeder pointed out, "Your story as an artist is your story." The Academy’s demands as to the real life stories he’s producing “are not achievable."
Schroeder is adamant about changing how and to whom pornography is available in the country. He’s concerned about the decline of family. "We’re talking to the people, to put pornography (on the web) back to the adult .xxx world."
Schroeder points out that internet porn doesn’t exist in other countries.
To that point, I brought up Mark Zuckerberg’s recent apology during his Senate hearing to the families of Meta’s exploitation and bullying victims. As an actor, Schroeder opined that Zuckerberg should not have needed to be prompted by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.
"It was not organic. He’s an asset, not an actor! I think he’s scared, (there was) fear in his eyes. He sees what his companies are doing. My daughters have gotten inappropriate messages since they were little girls. There should be two algorithms: one for kids, one for adults."
Schroeder understands that as an actor, commonly available pornography has only been disseminated since the invention of the camera
He is looking into the demise of the .xxx urls. "Churches were offended and pressured (the government)." But the distinct labeling of those sites made it easier to block and control access to pornography by kids.
Additionally, he has an idea of putting porn access on a local government level, the same as with adult entertainment venues.
He hopes that readers will check out his website, Council on Porn Reform.
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