ABC’s “Nashville” featured the struggles of LGBT country music singers and included in its storyline is the coming out of country star Will Lexington. With the anti- LGBT bill now signed into law in Tennessee, will it mark the end of the show?
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law this week the House Bill 1840 which allows therapists and other mental health professionals the right to refuse treatment to patients whose lifestyles go against the professional’s “sincerely held principals.” In an previous report by The Hollywood Reporter, Connie Britton, one of the show’s main character, has opposed to the then-bill that discriminates the LGBT community.
“It’s disturbing and it’s unjust.” Britton told THR. She also find the bill “completely un-American.” She also added that if they had signed it into law she would not feel comfortable working in Tennessee even if they are shooting the show there. “That is a tricky situation because of course we employ a lot of people in the state, and you certainly don’t want to have to interrupt that, but at the same time, this is the only way that we can have our voices be heard.”
In the same interview, Chris Carmack who played Will Lexington in the show said that he found it “incredibly harmful.” He said that with the government making the bill into a law was devastating, “The state is basically setting an example for people that it’s ok to discriminate.”
Carmack and his fiance were now having second thoughts on buying a property in the place and said that not only big corporations or businesses were stepping forward to voice out their opinions against the anti- LGBT law but also with individuals who were thinking, “Is this a place I would want to call home? A place that would write this sort of thing into legislation?”
In a report by Fox News, ABC has not yet announced if they would renew “Nashville” with a fifth season and if they would proceed then Britton’s comment against it would only be perceived as an empty threat. The cast and crew of the show could rather raise awareness for the LGBT rights.
A similar law has been repealed in some state as big businesses and corporations opposed to the law.
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