As Yellowstone’s fifth season premieres, the series, which has been championed by some conservative influencers as a ‘red state show’ is going out of its way to reject any conservative identity.
Anyone who thinks Yellowstone is a conservative show probably never watched it, creator Taylor Sheridan says.
Sheridan made his comment in an interview with The Atlantic on the eve of the show’s fifth-season premiere on Paramount this Sunday. “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 said.
“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?”
Expressions of contempt for conservative audiences are now de rigueur in an entertainment industry which managed to hit Peak TV by spending billions on over 500 shows, virtually none of them aimed at conservatives, and where Stephen Colbert holds down the leading network late night slot.
It’s no coincidence that key Yellowstone figures are promoting their political bona fides in time for the premiere.
Actor Kevin Costner said he was “OK” with losing fans over his political views, saying he “didn’t really care how the cookie crumbles” when he backed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) earlier this year.
In a new interview with USA Today upon the season five premiere of his hit Paramount show “Yellowstone,” Costner said he has no regrets for supporting Cheney in her primary this year, as well as former presidential candidate and current Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in 2020.
Costner earned some criticism for his political views, but that wasn’t a chief concern for him.
“I didn’t really care how the cookie crumbles, that people that liked me now don’t like me,” he told USA Today. “That’s OK.”
It would be if he endorsed Trump or DeSantis, just ask far more talented folks like screenwriter Robert Avrech, playwright David Mamet, actor James Woods, and so many others.
None of this will protect mediocrities like Costner or Taylor Sheridan from getting canceled when they get their own #MeToo movement or are accused of something by a minority collaborator who turns on them. But they imagine that expressing contempt for conservatives will protect them from the culture war.