Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nashville Covers Child Abuse- Some viewers unsympathetic to Scarlett's plight

Scarlett sings Black Roses to her mother on last night's episode

Nashville blew fans away in its first season last year, but that was nothing compared to where they took faithful fans this year. In the two seasons we have watched political corruption, desperate women pretending to still be pregnant after a miscarriage, drug addiction, alcoholism, gay issues in a business that is unaccepting, murder, infidelity, and questioned paternity. The newest issue brought to light is one that I can really sink my teeth into though.

On last night’s episode, it was brought to light that up and coming country sensation, Scarlett, has a secret past. Her mother came on the scene and she wreaked havoc every time she was alone with her daughter. Bottom line- She abused Scarlett as a child, and it doesn’t look like she has learned any lessons from it. I was happy to see this storyline come to the forefront because, as you know, Danny’s Grace is about child abuse and its subsequent effects on the now adult and former teen idol, Danny Rush. It validated my storyline, as far as I could see. What shocked me were some of the comments made on the show’s Facebook page.

Most of the comments from fans were welcoming of the storyline because they could now understand why Scarlett was the way she was. There were still comments from other fans that had little, if no empathy/sympathy for the character. In short, they complained that she does nothing but whine and should be thankful for the opportunities she had. After all, we know that having great opportunities in your life makes all the bad stuff just disappear. Right?

It is a shame that more people do not understand how devastating child abuse is to the person who suffers from it when they grow into adults. Yes, they can overcome it. No, they don’t have to live their lives in shame or guilt, thinking it was their own fault they were abused. However, that does not change the fact that it happened and severe abuse is not an easy thing to overcome. In the show, Scarlett did overcome quite a bit. She’s a kind, caring character that has a chance to become extremely successful in her career. Child abuse issues were never addressed though. She never had closure to it and she needs that now. It’s the same thing that happens in life when we sweep things under the rug. When the rug is lifted, the dirt is still there waiting for someone to clean it up.

If you haven’t read Danny’s Grace, now is a good time to do it. If you don’t watch Nashville, catching up on it now is a good idea. This is a subject that everyone should be interested in learning more about because it affects the future of the children in our lives, the future of our country. That is my take on the Nashville episode last night. What are your thoughts?

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