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I have watched Young Sheldon up to the latest episode, whenever the theme song is played, Sheldon is shown moving away from the cow. Why is it like that?

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  • The first season had a sole young Sheldon moving away from either a cow or a tumbleweed. The second and third seasons opener had the whole family moving away from a cow. Sheldon is shown in a variety of outfits. – user18935 Jan 27 '20 at 5:33
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    Exactly that's right @Jeeped. I wanna know the meaning of that – Denis Oluka Jan 27 '20 at 10:05
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    It's set in Texas. Lotsa cows there. Sheldon is wearing cowboy boots. What "meaning" is a simple joke supposed to have? – BCdotWEB Jan 27 '20 at 10:57
  • Thanks @BCdotWEB, my small was actually making me think Sheldon hates cows. I had no idea about Texas, thanks to u. – Denis Oluka Jan 27 '20 at 12:50
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    I think along with song with lyrics such as "yesterday i moved a mountain", "I can be your hero" and "I am a mighty little man". It suggests to me that inside Sheldons head he can do anything, when in actual fact he is scared by a cow. That's how I watched it, no source, just my own brain. – ajrthegreat Jan 27 '20 at 14:46
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I took it to be like the Mighty Girl "Fearless Girl" statue facing the bull on Wall Street. Like Sheldon is being a mighty little man, only it is a cow not a bull, with perhaps a nod to the statue--

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    According to Wikipedia, Fearless Girl was unveiled at its location in March 2017. Young Sheldon first aired with the cow in the opening credits in November 2016. It seems doubtful that the credits for this show would be referencing a work of art that had not even been unveiled yet. Can you offer any evidence that supports your idea? – ruffdove Dec 18 '20 at 4:38
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I am guessing you are talking about the end of this sequence:

At the end the family is obviously posing in a similar fashion to a monument of great american heroes. The background also would be quite suitable to the western genre. So two soft connections to the founding days of a almost constantly great nation.

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The protagonists look up, slightly to the side and are motionless like statues. They are disconnected from the viewer, clearly aspiring to something great.

Then they all turn their head, which is quite uncommon for statues, let alone monuments. So they already get their first crack.

Then the camera pans and shows an ordinary cow standing right next to them. Ruining the perfect wild-west-monumental-panorama.

Then the cow even dares to take a step towards them.

The mighty, aspiring statues back off, but only a tiny, marginal bit.

Then they resume their monumental positions again. Once more magnificent, just with a cow next to them.

Addition: Some of my example statues are of the dark chapters of American history. I am not sure if there is really a pattern there. But possibly it could also be a common trait of redneck-ish statues to be disconnected from the common folk in front of them.

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  • I’d like this answer better if it didn’t have the rhetoric. That America is an “almost constantly great nation” is very much a matter of opinion. – Darren Dec 20 '20 at 9:46

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