Stop the presses, everyone: Someone on social media noticed something in a TV show (Yellowstone) that … wait for it … resembles something else in a completely different TV show!
We’ll wait for everyone to collectively catch their breath and return to reality.
No one in their right mind would accuse Taylor Sheridan, one of Hollywood’s hottest directors, of plagiarizing his previous work. But leave it to TikTok to allow a person with very low entertainment-news acumen (if we were all only so lucky) to lodge such an accusation.
Who Is Taylor Sheridan?
The 52-year-old native Texan spent the better part of the past decade developing, creating, and executing authentic stories that comprise his growing fictional universe. Filled with colorful, crisply written characters, Sheridan’s stories revisit familiar Western themes, but often in contemporary settings.
Long before Yellowstone began slowly building an audience on the Paramount Network, Taylor Sheridan had already collected loads of credits and accolades. In three successive years, a trio of Sheridan-written movies proved to be arguably the sleeper hits of each year: Sicario in 2015, Hell or High Water (with Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges) in 2016, and Wind River (with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner) in 2017.
Sheridan landed writing notices for each of those cinematic masterpieces. Sicario got him nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay. Hell or High Water earned him slew more noms, including a shot at the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. And with Wind River — which he also directed — Taylor Sheridan drew a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding First-Time Feature Film.
Now, of course, even the most revered writers are capable of plagiarizing. So it wouldn’t be fair to toss someone’s accusations against Taylor Sheridan outright, by virtue only of his reputation. But the spurious nature of the person making the accusations calls into question why the accusations got any attention in the first place.
The TikTok user, @RanchWifeLife, clearly isn’t reluctant to share such profound thoughts on TikTok such as “You smell the toddlers [sic] dirty diaper [sic?] but you’re holding out for your husband to notice & offer to change them.” Nor was she reluctant to post this two-and-a-half-minute rant.
We’ll let you decide whether she actually has a point.