Lily Gladstone Criticizes “Yellowstone” for Portrayal of Native Americans
– In an interview with Vulture, Lily Gladstone expressed her strong opinion on Taylor Sheridan’s series “Yellowstone,” calling it “delusional” and “deplorable.”
– Gladstone discussed the importance of Native writers telling Native stories and the need for non-Native artists to pay attention to Native history.
Lily Gladstone, known for her role in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” recently criticized Taylor Sheridan’s series “Yellowstone” in an interview with Vulture. She described the portrayal of Native Americans in the show as “delusional” and “deplorable.” Despite auditioning for the series multiple times, Gladstone acknowledged that sometimes as a working actor, there are limited choices when it comes to selecting projects.
Gladstone emphasized the importance of having Native writers tell Native stories, stating that American history cannot be complete without Native history. She expressed the need for non-Native artists to pay attention to what is happening and to avoid misrepresentations.
In contrast to “Yellowstone,” Gladstone praised “Killers of the Flower Moon” for its focus on the Osage Native American tribe and their story. The film, based on Eric Roth’s book, centers around a series of murders in the 1920s after oil is found on the Osage land. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser, John Lithgow, Tantoo Cardinal, and Gladstone herself. She highlighted that the film does not follow the white-savior trope but instead focuses on the tribe’s call for help.
Gladstone also shared her experience working with Scorsese and how he actively sought input from the Osage people during production. She mentioned that Scorsese attended a dinner with members of the Indigenous community in Gray Horse, Oklahoma, where some of the murders took place. Gladstone appreciated the collaborative environment and the expectation for her to contribute significantly to the project.
In conclusion, Lily Gladstone’s candid remarks about “Yellowstone” shed light on the importance of accurate representation and Native storytelling. Her involvement in “Killers of the Flower Moon” exemplifies a step towards more authentic narratives in Hollywood.