The show, which won over many conservative viewers because of its portrayal of the Dutton family’s fight against environmental activists and liberal bureaucrats, featured a lesbian kiss in the seventh episode of season five.
Clara (Lilli Kay), who works as an aide for Gov. John Dutton (Kevin Costner), is seen kissing a woman wearing a cowboy hat while at the Montana State Fair.
Clara is not the first gay character featured in Yellowstone. Journalist Sarah Nguyen, who was featured in one of the earlier seasons, also talked about her sexuality.
However, viewers slammed the show for going “woke,” ripping the kiss scene as unnecessary and gratuitous.
“Even Yellowstone has gone woke, and gay!” wrote conservative commentator Aubrey Huff. “Sellouts!”
Even Yellowstone has gone woke, and gay!
— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) December 20, 2022
Another Twitter user wrote: “I don’t have a problem with two women who want to kiss each other but why do you have to shove it in your face? What a turn off.”
Others pointed out that the show’s leftward turn was bound to happen eventually.
“Yellowstone just went woke with it’s first lesbian character and a kiss between two girls,” one person tweeted. “It was only a matter of time. It’s Hollywood after all. Was nice while it lasted.”
The show has attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers over its past five seasons and has even inspired a number of spin-off shows. In fact, it was the most watched non-football show on television in 2021-2022.
Just last week, Costner scored a 2023 Golden Globe nod for mention in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama. It’s the first time “Yellowstone,” which premiered in 2018, has been recognized at the Golden Globes.
After losing her own race by nearly 40 percentage points, Cheney proceeded to endorse a raft of Democrats in the general election and recently voted with the House Jan. 6 committee to refer former President Donald Trump for criminal charges to the Justice Department.
Cheney’s younger sister, Mary, has been openly gay since at least the early 1990s.