Nashville brings #MeToo to life with Alannah’s storyline

NASHVILLE -- "The House That Built Me" -- Jake Giles Netter/CMT -- Acquired via CMT PR
NASHVILLE -- "The House That Built Me" -- Jake Giles Netter/CMT -- Acquired via CMT PR /

We knew it was coming. Alannah would sign with Shiny New Records and the trouble would start. It’s now playing out on Nashville Season 6, bringing the #MeToo campaign to life.

The #MeToo campaign is all around us–and quite frankly it’s about time that these Hollywood and entertainment big shots were called out. However, not so many TV shows have had the opportunity to bring the realities of the sexual harrassment and reasons why people don’t speak up to light. Nashville is different in that respect and now Alannah’s storyline is showing the full truth.

Just recently, Terry Crews has spoken up about being one of those who has suffered from sexual harrassment; an incident that dates back to 2016. It’s too late to do something in the criminal courts and there are questions of why he didn’t speak up sooner. This is the case with everyone who has spoken up during the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. People want to know why they didn’t speak up.

Alannah shows us what happens when you do speak up

What many fail to realize is that speaking up about harrassment and sexual advances would be career suicide for many. The people who do it are in a position of power. With a click of their fingers, they can make or break careers. That’s something Nashville is showing through Alannah’s storyline.

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Alannah decided to tell Brad to keep things professional. She doesn’t want the sexual advances and the harrassment. Because of that, Brad has decided to ruin her career before it’s even had a chance to get started. He’s in that position of power. After just setting up a tour with the Lumineres, the tour is suddenly canceled and Alannah is no longer opening for them.

While nothing can be proven, this is far too coincidental to just be one of those things in the business. We all know that! What is shows is exactly what everyone in the industry fears. One person holds all this power and if you don’t give this one person what he (or she, but usually he) wants then your career goes nowhere.

It shouldn’t be the case, but it is. At least, right now. Which is why the Nashville storyline is so important. Before you start questioning why people are only just speaking out about things now, it’s because of that fear of career suicide. Entertainment bosses like Brad hold the power, but #TimesUp for that to be the case!

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This started in Nashville Season 4

This isn’t the first time the writing team have shown the realities of bad pennies in the entertainment industry. In the fourth season, Rayna Jaymes wrote an open letter online about how one person in the entertainment industry made her feel; the things he did to her. It was an attempt to connect with Maddi, who was going through her stage of not seeing that her parents were trying to protect her.

In the end, Maddi found herself in a position that thankful Deacon was able to save her from. However, there has always been that reminder that many others haven’t had someone like Deacon. We get that reminder in the episode, too. Deacon chose to forgive Maddi for going through the courts and was there for her when she needed it. What could have happened if he didn’t? Alannah has Avery but nobody quite like Deacon.

Next: Nashville Season 6, Episode 12 recap

What do you think about Alannah’s storyline in Nashville? Are you grateful the series is showing the realities of #MeToo and what happens when people choose to speak up? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Nashville continues its final season on Thursdays at 9/8c on CMT.