Nancy Grace & Jane Velez-Mitchell, The Toxic Twins
"Panel, weigh in........"
Attention, all you dedicated Nancy Grace fans: Please don't prepare to jump all over me and throw eggs or write hate mail. I am painfully aware that every student who attends the Nancy Grace Headline News 101 class each weeknight at 8 p.m. learns to leap before they look. All I ask is that you temporarily postpone lethal injection until you've allowed me the privilege to state my case, pro se.
The truth is, I actually like Nancy. There are times I will tolerate her friend, journalist and Host of "Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell"....Jane herself. Both of these women are informative and entertaining. (No argument that they have built a massive following. )They know their stuff and are authentic examples of high-powered women on a mission.
I indulge in 7 to 9 p.m. HLN myself quite often. I'm a broad-minded individual who actually enjoys listening and learning from those who take a stand on issues of importance, whether I agree, disagree or have no opinion at all. Knowledge and healthy debate are not diseases. Quite the contrary. They are beneficial to remaining on the path of awareness and advocacy. "If you stand for nothing....you will fall for anything....." quite a profound statement.
I've no intention to aim insults or to be disrespectful toward these two well-intentioned women. So why do I refer to them as the Toxic Twins? I am prepared and willing to offer my explanations.
Jane is a spunky lady who seems to feel the need to yell at her audience while simultaneously scowling as though she has nothing but utter disdain for those she is speaking to or about. I find myself wondering why Jane repeatedly and continuously takes a defensive stance right out of the gate.
WATCH her for just 10 minutes. Her forehead and eyebrows are in the distress position for nearly the entire hour of her show. If an attitude adjustment is out of the question, I suggest Botox. I literally catch myself frowning right along with her until my left eye starts twitching from exertion.
Jane is also a Classic Interuptor-Interjector-cut-the-guest-off-in-mid-sentence-offender. Although this is universally annoying, I laugh like hell every time she does it. The facial expressions of the guest who thought he/she actually had something profound to say are priceless. (Oops, sorry dude. Maybe you should save your comments for Anderson Cooper.)
It also remains curious to me why Jane, as well as Nancy, bother to have an audience/listeners. They, especially Nancy, allow no room for debate nor at times, the slightest comment or question to their opinions.
Jane is a proud, recovering alcoholic, "Clean & Sober," for 18+ years now. Both women have published books, which have taken off like rockets. One of Jane's books, "I Want," is all about her journey from a stumbling drunk to a healthy and respected journalist/TV personality. What's not to admire? This is Good.....sincerely, this is good. I love a story of self-discovery and victory over the demons that haunt us.
Jane also has an especially endearing quality, in my opinion, as an animal lover. She is a passionate animal rights activist, dedicated to this mission. You can count on at least a brief news story each week, telling her fans either a heartwarming story from some segment of the animal kingdom, or a sad and unfortunate tale of severe animal abuse somewhere in the world. In either case, Jane manages to reach the hearts and minds of animal rights supporters everywhere.
On to Miss Nancy Grace, former Persecutor, I mean, Prosecutor, Atlanta, Georgia. And a Georgia Peach of a Prosecutor was she. All due respect, the woman was unbeatable in the courtroom. She made quite a name for herself, literally. She became known nationally as "Amazing Grace, a title given by her esteemed colleagues throughout the country. This notoriety earned her a spot on the tube with none other than Johnny if it doesn't fit you must acquit Cochran, arguing opposite sides of current court cases to a mesmerized audience.
Nancy has, without a doubt....A T T I T U D E with a capital "A". You either love her or you watch her for the hell of it, as I do.. She's huge on the Death Penalty and has no problem whatsoever making this perfectly clear to the world. If nothing else about Nancy can confuse and/or baffle her audience, her loud and clear demand for her "Christian" view of an eye for an eye? Yeah.....that does it for me. Little Miss sweet southern Christian demands a front row seat at the Colosseum.
Remember Leona Helmsley, "The Queen of Mean?" Well, when Nancy is on fire up against the defense attorneys on her show.....she makes Leona look like Mother Teresa. She perks right up in that throne of hers and if you listen closely you'll hear her growl....Nancy can raise one eyebrow and spew out sarcasm that runs up your spine.
"Unleash the Lawyers!".....If I were one of them, I'd volunteer to remain tied up and gagged until the show was over. "No, that's OK, I'll just sit here and watch while Nancy chews you poor slobs up and spits you out." "In fact, I don't even know what I'm doing here."
And folks, what's a Nancy Grace show without pictures of Little Lucy and John David....playing in the park, going Trick or Treating, eating lunch, taking a bath...... Actually this is why we are glued to the TV set, isn't it? While children are finally tucked into bed for the night and parents have a moment of adult time, we insist on viewing pictures of Nancy's toddlers. I know I do.
Last but not least, it's the grand finale I love best. After one solid hour of Nancy's program filled with anger, finger-pointing, dirty looks and insults...of mock trial and conviction.....what matters most is that she squares herself into the eye of the camera and as the aura of light softens, she smiles ever-so-sweetly and in her most polished Southern Belle drawl, she whispers, "Good Night, Friend."
I love it.