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‘Yellowstone’ Creator Taylor Sheridan Slams Media For Labeling Series As Conservative: “I Just Sit Back Laughing, Like, Really?”

'Yellowstone' creator Taylor Sheridan is baffled that the media believes his popular Paramount Network series is a 'conservative' offering.

Taylor Sheridan’s resume is strong enough to put him in contention to be labeled the best screenwriter working in Hollywood today.

Taylor Sheridan teases his upcoming projects for Paramount Network via "Coming Soon from Taylor Sheridan", Paramount Plus YouTube
Taylor Sheridan teases his upcoming projects for Paramount Network via “Coming Soon from Taylor Sheridan”, Paramount Plus YouTube

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Over the last few years, Sheridan has written a number of brilliant character-driven drama films, including Sicario (and its sequel, Day of the Soldado), Hell or High Water, and Wind River.

Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) and Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) talks tactics with the FBI in Sicario (2015)
Kate Mercer (Emily Blunt) and Reggie Wayne (Daniel Kaluuya) talks tactics with the FBI via Sicario (2015), Lionsgate

Most recently, Sheridan has taken his talents to television, creating Yellowstone for Paramount Network.

Set in Montana, the series tells the story of the Dutton Family, owners and operators of the state’s largest ranch, the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, as they navigate family drama and conflict with their neighbors on the Broken Rock Indian Reservation.

John Dutton (Kevin Costner), Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser), and Llyod (Forrie J. Smith) check out construction on the Dutton Family Ranch via Yellowstone Season 3 Episode 3 "An Acceptable Surrender" (2020), Paramount
John Dutton (Kevin Costner), Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser), and Llyod (Forrie J. Smith) check out construction on the Dutton Family Ranch via Yellowstone Season 3 Episode 3 “An Acceptable Surrender” (2020), Paramount

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An insanely popular alternative to the standard Hollywood fare, Yellowstone‘s following is so massive that its fifth season premiere on November 13th managed to easily pull in 12.1 Million live-plus-same day viewers.

But unsurprisingly, due to its popularity with conservative-leaning audiences, Sheridan is not being forced to play defense as the media disingenuously claims that the series is made specifically for “Red State” audiences.

Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) and Steve Hendon (James Jordan) call in a cattle mutilation via Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 4 "Only Devils Left" (2019), Paramount
Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) and Steve Hendon (James Jordan) call in a cattle mutilation via Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 4 “Only Devils Left” (2019), Paramount

For example, progressive news site The Daily Beast accused the show of peddling the same “backward-looking conservative worldview as always, all of it dressed up in modern Western garb.”

Talking with Vulture, New York Times columnist Tressire McMillian Cottom agreed that the series was “an homage to the idea of white America’s last stand.”

Tressie McMillan Cottom stops by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to talk her new book 'Thick' via Upending Stereotypes of Black Womanhood with “Thick”, The Daily Show YouTube
Tressie McMillan Cottom stops by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to talk her new book ‘Thick’ via Upending Stereotypes of Black Womanhood with “Thick”, The Daily Show YouTube

“This show in post-Trump America, the political backdrop of white grievance and white reclamation that we are undergoing, trying to claw back to a sort of mythical 40, 50 years ago, when our systems worked better for white Americans than they did for non-white Americans,” she argued.

Yellowstone presents a counternarrative to the the gray-haired, paranoid character that we mock on social media, and more liberal media, and prestige media,” added Cottom. “It is a white grievance that you can feel good about.”

Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) talks with her husband John (Kevin Costner) during the local rodeo via Yellowstone Season 3 Episode 3 "An Acceptable Surrender" (2020), Paramount
Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) talks with her husband John (Kevin Costner) during the local rodeo via Yellowstone Season 3 Episode 3 “An Acceptable Surrender” (2020), Paramount

Cottom’s assessment was also vaguely echoed by her former outlet contributor Ross Douthat, himself a conservative, who in a July 27th piece described the show as “the most red-state show on television”.

Speaking to this line of accusation during a recent interview with The Atlantic, Sheridan argued that this conclusion could only be reached if a given critic wasn’t paying enough attention to what the show was actually about.

John Dutton speaks with Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) and Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) about tjhe attack by Wade Morrow (Boots Southerland) on the Dutton Family Ranch in Yellowstone Season 3 Episode 9 "Meaner Than Evil" (2020), Paramount
John Dutton speaks with Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) and Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) about tjhe attack by Wade Morrow (Boots Southerland) on the Dutton Family Ranch in Yellowstone Season 3 Episode 9 “Meaner Than Evil” (2020), Paramount

“They refer to it as ‘the conservative show’ or ‘the Republican show’ or ‘the red-state Game of Thrones,’ ” the director told outlet writer Sridhar Pappu. “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,” he continued. “That’s a red-state show?”

Mo Brings Plenty (Mo Brings Plenty) saves Monica Dutton (Kelsey Asbille) from a sexual assault by Peter (Austin Hébert) via Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 8 "I Killed A Man Today" (2020), Paramount Network
Mo Brings Plenty (Mo Brings Plenty) saves Monica Dutton (Kelsey Asbille) from a sexual assault by Peter (Austin Hébert) via Yellowstone Season 2 Episode 8 “I Killed A Man Today” (2020), Paramount Network

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While progressive critics take issue with the show, Sheridan has gone on to spawn an almost Yellowstone universe for Paramount, using the initial show’s continued to launch two prequel series, 1883 and 1923.

Sheridan is also working with on the upcoming TV show Tulsa King, which will see Sylvester Stallone play a former New York Mafia captain who moves to the titular Oklahoma city in hopes of building a brand new crime empire.

Dwight "The General" Manfredi (Sylvester Stallone) looks to start a new mafia empire via Tulsa King | Official Trailer, Paramount+ YouTube
Dwight “The General” Manfredi (Sylvester Stallone) looks to start a new mafia empire via Tulsa King | Official Trailer, Paramount+ YouTube

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