'Yellowstone' creator lashes out at drama being referred to as a 'red state show'
The highly anticipated season premiere of Yellowstone is tonight. The western drama has earned the title of being an "anti-woke" show.
You become anti-woke for one of two reasons. The first is that your show doesn't overtly sh*t all over conservatives, and conservatives enjoy not overtly being sh*t on. The second is that your show doesn't overtly sh*t all over conservatives, and liberals think it's weird that it doesn't. Hence, Yellowstone becomes a "red state show" and creator Taylor Sheridan wishes it wouldn't.
Sheridan gave an interview with The Atlantic. The same outlet that wants there to be a "pandemic amnesty."
Sheridan insists that Yellowstone is not a “red-state show.” “They refer to it as ‘the conservative show’ or ‘the Republican show’ or ‘the red-state Game of Thrones,’ ” he told me. “And I just sit back laughing. I’m like, ‘Really?’ The show’s talking about the displacement of Native Americans and the way Native American women were treated and about corporate greed and the gentrification of the West, and land-grabbing. That’s a red-state show?”
Correct. You become a "red state show" when you take place in what leftists call "fly-over country," and use your platform to do something other than validate the progressive agenda. That doesn't mean the show doesn't get political. And newsflash: if it gets political, 99% of the time it's left-leaning because it's still Hollywood.
But Yellowstone focuses more on compelling characters and storytelling than politics, and occasionally shows a progressive ideal in an unflattering light. That's all it takes for liberal media outlets to call it "a conservative fantasy" or attack it as "Game of Thrones set on a ranch."
Whether or not the "red state" or "anti-woke" labels are what's costing the show awards, your guess is as good as mine. Also, your guess is the same as mine.
Sheridan should just be happy people enjoy his work without sounding annoyed by it. For me, all I need is Cole Hauser killing a bunch of people set to an awesome country music soundtrack.
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