OFFSTAGE: Nashville Creator on Taylor Swift: “God Love Her”

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OFFSTAGE: Nashville Creator on Taylor Swift: “God Love Her”

Published on March 22, 2013 by CMT News

Taylor Swift
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

There was no Nashville this week. (The show, not the city.) So since I had to endure
a rerun of my favorite new soap opera, I went looking for when the next new episode would air, and I found something even
better — a
QA with the show’s creator, Callie Khouri
, where she talks openly about the portrayal of women on Nashville and
in Nashville. “I mean, sure, you can water Nashville down to its most simplistic form and say, ‘Yeah, it’s a competition
between two women who are fighting for the same spot,’ but it’s really more about women in an incredibly competitive market
and how few spots there are and what you have to do to be relevant at any age in that market,” she says, adding that a lot
of reality shows are just “female wrestling disguised as something else.” Amen, sister. Then when the conversation turns to
Taylor Swift, who is living in the real-versus-fictional Nashville,
Khouri says that any backlash Swift is suffering for writing about her exes isn’t all that bad. “If I could have the kind
of backlash that caused me to be No. 1 on the charts for months and months at a time and have sold-out concerts for the next
however many years — that’s the kind of backlash I could live with,” she said. “If that’s what she wants to write about,
God love her, I support it.”

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