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The show “Yellowstone” has become wildly popular among conservative Americans for its obvious anti-woke, pro-America, and Western-themed drama.
However, the show’s creator, Taylor Sheridan, is lashing out at conservatives who claim the drama resonates with a “red state” audience.
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It appears that Sheridan and lead actor Kevin Costner are actually raging leftists in the real life.
Fake cowboy Kevin Costner, who plays the role of John Dutton, endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and Joe Biden in 2020.
52-year-old Sheridan said, “They refer to it as ‘the conservative show’ or ‘the Republican show’ or ‘the red-state Game of Thrones.’”
“And I just sit back laughing,” he continued. “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?”
Back in 2019, Sheridan said it is “ridiculous” to view his film as “red state.” He says anyone who claims his show is “red state” have “probably never watched it.”
“People perceive all my stuff as red state, and it’s the most ridiculous thing,” he said.
“If you truly look at this show or ‘Wind River’ or ‘Sicario,’ these are pretty wildly progressive notions. The people who are calling it a red-state show have probably never watched it,” he added.
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Later in the interview, the “Yellowstone” creator said he aims for “responsible storytelling” that’s influenced by Clint Eastwood’s 1992 film “Unforgiven,” which he said changed the nature of good guys and bad guys in Westerns.
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Sheridan said Eastwood “let the sheriff be a bully and the hero be this drunken, vicious killer.” He “shattered the myth of the American Western.”
He continued, “So when I stepped into that world, I wanted there to be real consequences. I wanted to never, ever shy away from, ‘This was the price.’”
“Yellowstone” has extraordinary viewership numbers, yet has never won a major award, which has caused some critics to speculate that it’s because of bias against conservatism. It’s often compared to the HBO drama series “Succession,” which won 10 Emmys despite not having anywhere near the audience of “Yellowstone.”