“They refer to it as the red-state Game of Thrones”: Yellowstone Creator Taylor Sheridan Slams Hollywood For Terming Show ‘Anti-Woke’ as Series Gets Emmy Snub Despite Record Viewership

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Despite all the initial criticism that filmmaker and actor Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone received from critics, it’s done pretty well for itself in terms of viewership which has grown steadily ever since the premiere of the TV series in 2018. It has a stellar ensemble cast consisting of Kevin Costner, Kelly Reilly, and so on, and will premiere its fifth season shortly this November.


However, one point of criticism that has been attributed to Yellowstone is the notion that the show is attractive to the Conservative crowd in America, which is only expected considering the show is set in much older times with cowboys involved. So what is Taylor Sheridan’s reaction to his show being called a ‘red state’ show? He simply laughs it off.

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Taylor Sheridan Defends Yellowstone From ‘Anti-Woke’ Claims

A period-piece drama, Yellowstone revolves around a family of ranch owners led by Kevin Costner’s character who have sought to defend their land from any external influence.

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While it can be easily understood why Yellowstone is considered a ‘red state’ show, it seems not too reasonable to accuse Taylor Sheridan, the director of a movie like Wind River that focuses on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic, of possibly allowing conservative ideals that attract the conservative crowd.

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During an interview with The Atlantic, the 52-year-old creator of Yellowstone was quick to defend his show from critics claiming that it appeals to the conservative mind. He 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. 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?”

Words come a long way, and the cast of Yellowstone has repeatedly been facing the brunt of being associated with the TV show, subsequently ruling them out from nominations(unofficially and indirectly) at award shows. Surprisingly, the show is yet to receive an Emmy nomination itself too!

Will Taylor Sheridan’s ‘red-state ‘Game of Thrones.’ ever be freed from its association with American conservatives?


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Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River Sequel Is Underway

Taylor Sheridan’s critically-acclaimed Wind River has gone five long years without a sequel. However, the wait is now over as Castle Rock Entertainment confirms the much-awaited news.

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Production for the movie is supposedly going to kick off in January, and it already has a title- Wind River: The Next Chapter. However, much to everyone’s disappointment, Sheridan won’t be returning as director and will instead be replaced by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier director (six episodes) Kari Skogland.

Martin Sensmeier will be reprising his role from the previous movie as Chip Hanson as the sequel plans to revisit the Wind River reservation after a range of mysterious and ritualistic murders occur in the area.

Yellowstone is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime.


Source: Variety

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