Yellowstone, an American neo-Western drama television series was created in June 2018 by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson. The show narrates the story of a certain Dutton family that owns one of the largest ranches in Montana. The film features Kevin Costner in the lead role as John Dutton III.
When a New York Times columnist referred to the show as the most ‘red-state’ show, Taylor Sheridan, the co-creator of Yellowstone denied the claims. The show’s impressive ratings even led people to believe that the show could win an Emmy, however, it failed to even land a single nomination. It was as such suggested that the reason for this was that the show was too anti-woke. Sheridan responded to all the ideologies with a resounding statement in an interview with The Atlantic.
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Taylor Sheridan responds to the ‘red state’ comments on the show
Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone has been the subject of a whole lot of criticism despite its major success. The neo-western show takes the responsibility of narrating a story told in a Western setting which emphasizes the gravity of consequences. However, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat referred to the show as the most ‘red state’ show on television as well as Daily Mail was found suggesting that the show is too anti-woke to win any awards.
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In a recent interview with The Atlantic ahead of the premiere of the most recent season of Yellowstone, Sheridan answered all the criticisms the show was being held up with.
“They refer to it as ‘the conservative show’ or ‘the Republican show’ or ‘the red-state Game of Thrones,’” Sheridan said. “And I just sit back laughing. I’m like, ‘Really?’”
The Yellowstone 5 trailer received 14 million views and is suspected to be a big hit, similar to the seasons before it. The reason could be the show’s insights into certain aspects of American life not everybody is familiar with.
Yellowstone fails to land a single nomination at Emmy’s
While Yellowstone‘s success was not a hidden secret, it came as a surprise that the critically acclaimed show wasn’t nominated for the Emmy Awards. Daily Mail took it upon themselves to share the comment that the reason the show didn’t receive a single award was that it was too anti-woke. However, The Hollywood Reporter chief television critic Daniel Fienberg disagreed with the notion regarding the show’s woke-ness.
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In a 2019 New York Times interview, when asked if the conflict regarding the show being a ‘red-state’ show had anything to do with it not being nominated for Emmy awards, the producer shared his views.
“People perceive all my stuff as a red state, and it’s the most ridiculous thing,” Sheridan 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.”
Yellowstone season 5 premiered Sunday, Nov. 13 with new episodes released weekly on Sundays on Paramount Network.