Okay, not really. But that is what some would like you to think. Why? Well, a certain Hollywood insider paper, The Hollywood Reporter, had to go and write about how fabulous Nashville is from a particularly celebrity-friendly point of view. You know, where to eat, what yoga studio Nicole Kidman frequents … all that stuff that no Nashville paper would EVER put in print. I mean, let these people have lives and please don’t take a yoga class just to see Nicole’s assistant roll out her yoga mat, okay? That’s not very Zen-like of you. And no one here chooses where to eat or shop for groceries based on a possible celebrity sighting. Gross. We eat where we want to eat based on the food, service, location and our mood. Not because Luke Bryan eats there. (But that plate in front of him in the photo below may just pull me back to The Southern. That looks damn good.)
The title of the article is “Nashville Confidential: Where A-Listers Eat, Sleep and Stay in Music City.” Subtitle: “A Hollywood guide to the Southern music mecca, from Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s favorite yoga spot to the Kings of Leon’s favorite restaurant.” I guess it was just this type of “outing” of businesses that made Nashvillians mad enough to say “if this is what you want, please don’t move here.” And, with all the grace of our fair city, it was done through humor.
It was fine when The New York Times, GQ, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and others pointed out how fabulous our city is, but a tipping point has occurred and the people of Nashville say, “Enough!”
Pile on the praise all you want, but there is a certain fear of this city turning into something no one wants it to be: snobby, impersonal and BIG. This one article did nothing to quell that fear that some here have.
So, after this really nice article about how fabulouso Nashville is, there was not ONE comment saying “You’re right! Nashville is awesome!” It was all “Nashville: The city is in shambles!”
Here are some of our favorite examples of the scare tactics local commenters posted to help keep the gawkers away:
Are you rolling on the floor laughing? We are.
To read the full article (which really is a nice article about Nashville) and all of the comments, click here.