When you think of Cowboys and Indians, what do you think of? The Great Plains. Colt’s Single Action Army revolvers. Henry, Winchester, and Remington lever-action rifles. Bows and arrows. Bowie Knives. Huge herds of hungry bison roaming the plains, hunted by Indians on horseback. Desperados in shootouts with lawmen and citizen-composed posses. The Texas Rangers and the Apaches. Bank robberies, saloons, and dens of prostitutes with pianos playing within them.
In short, the American West is known for many things, but none of them are “woke.” While the liquor-swilling, prostitute-hiring cowboys and banditos might not have been “conservatives”, representing as they did America’s changing society and push across the mostly empty continent, they certainly weren’t “woke.”
And though those aspects of Western culture are perhaps best known for being present in the post-Civil War “Wild West,” they continued on, with cowboys acting like the tough-as-nails, gritty men of action and stern stuff that they so obviously were, being anything but woke.
Yet Hollywood would obviously prefer to think otherwise, as shown by the recent (12-time) Oscar-nominated drama “The Power of the Dog,” which is predictably about…gay cowboys, because of course it is.
Well, one Hollywood star who is known for representing toughness and grit, Sam Elliot (the quintessential cowboy with the big, bushy, white mustache and deep, slow as molasses voice), sounded off on the new, woke cowboy movie when appearing on the “WTF Podcast” with host Marc Maron.
Here’s the transcript of that conversation as provided by the Daily Wire (emphasis ours):
Maron: Did you see Power of the Dog? Did you watch that movie
Elliott: Yeah. Do you want to talk about that piece of s***?
Maron: You didn’t like that one?
Elliott: F*** no.
Maron: Okay. Why?
Elliott: I’ll tell you why. I read a f***ing — I didn’t like it anyway; I looked at it when I was down there in Texas doing 1883; and what really brought it home to me the other day when I said to you “Do you want to talk about it”— there was a f***ing full-page ad out in the LA Times and there was a review — not a review but a —
Elliott: A clip, yeah. And it talked about the “Evisceration of the American Myth.” And I thought, “What the f***? What the f***?” This is a guy who’s done Westerns forever.
Maron: For his whole life.
Elliott: The Evisceration of the American West. What are all those dancers, those guys in New York who wear bowties and not much else? Remember them from back in the day?
Maron: Oh, the Chippendales.
Elliott: Yeah. That’s what all these f***ing cowboys in that movie look like. They’re all running around in chaps and no shirts. There’s all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the f***king movie.
Maron: I think that’s what the movie’s about.
Elliott: Yeah. Well, what the f*** does this woman from —
Maron: Who, Jane Campion?
Elliott: Yeah, She’s a brilliant director. I love her work, previous work. But what the f*** does this woman from down there, New Zealand, know about the American West? And why in the f*** does she shoot this movie in New Zealand and call it Montana and say this is the way it was? That f***ing rubbed me the wrong way, pal. The myth is that there were these macho men out there with the cattle? I just came from Texas where I was hanging out with families — not men — but families. Big, long, extended, multiple-generation families that made their living and their lives were all about being cowboys. And, boy, when I f***ing saw that, I thought, ‘What the f***? Where are we in this world today?’”
Maron: I don’t know that that’s the biggest issue at hand.
Elliott: Well, it’s not the biggest issue, but for me it was the only issue because there was so much of it. I mean, Cumberbatch never got out of his f***ing chaps. He had two pairs of chaps — a woolly pair and a leather pair. And every f***ing time he would walk in from somewhere — I don’t know where in the f*** — he never was on a horse, maybe once — he’d walk into the f***ing house, storm up the f***ing stairs, go lay in his bed in his chaps and play his banjo. It’s like, what the f***? What the f***? Where’s the Western? Where’s the Western in this Western?
Needless to say, he’s not at all a fan of the woke Western.