TV Reaches a new low: Nancy Grace Weighs in on Honey Boo Boo


Nancy Grace's Objection! — How High-Priced Def...

Nancy Grace’s Objection! — How High-Priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You want evidence our society is in trouble? What Toddlers and Tiaras. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. The show where the wannabe mothers doll their kids up, put on make up, and sexualize them with strange costumes.

There is a new offshoot starring Honey Boo Boo, one of the little beauty queens.

I really cannot take the lawyer Nancy Grace, but I stumbled upon her show while surfing the television. Nancy Grace seems just plain mean and nasty. (Her voice modulates between nasty and overly  sweet which just seems dishonest to me.)  She claims to want to help innocent victims of crime. The former prosecutor is pretty brutal to some of her guests. I think she drove one of them to suicide.

Every once in a while she’ll be talking about a controversial subject that interests me, so I’ll watch her show. Sometimes I find her extreme behavior slightly entertaining.

She was talking about “Honey Boo Boo”, a star from Toddlers and Tiaras.  Her mother is obviously starved for attention and is using Honey Boo Boo to make a name for herself.  She is succeeding.

One of Nancy’s guests was Mike Walker from the National Enquirer, the best trashy newspaper rag out there. Why Walker was offended by Honey Boo Boo makes no sense. He makes a living digging up dirt.  He should love watching Honey Boo Boo dress up in her Dolly Parton outfit, and wiggle her little behind.

Nancy Grace  on a campaign to stop Honey Boo Boo and her mother. (You may remember Nancy on Dancing with the Stars. She wasn’t afraid to wear provocative costumes on her overweight body.)

Nancy feels that sexual pedophiles are loving this show, and might go and try to hunt these little girls down. She contends that is probably what happened to Jon Benet Ramsey, the little beauty pageant winner who was murdered. They never found her killer.

Nancy  showed a video of Honey Boo Boo dancing at a college bar on top of the bar.   She also showed her pulling up her little shirt, rubbing her  already fat naked tummy, and drinking Go Go juice, a combination of Red Bull and Mountain Dew.  Honey Boo Boo  said, “it makes me laugh, and pull mommy’s hair.” She only uses it before a performance.

Honey Boo Boo’s father, a convicted felon, is trying to take custody of her. Like Nancy Grace, he feels this is child abuse. God knows what he’s planning to do with Honey Boo Boo once he gets custody.

But as much as Nancy Grace annoys me, I have to agree with her.

If those mothers want to be glamorous strippers, they ought to lose weight, get themselves in shape and live out their dreams. There is nothing more abusive than a parent who lives out their fantasies and dreams through their children.

What they’re doing to their kids is child abuse.

What is even sadder is that Toddlers and Tiaras is TLC’s—The Learning Channels—#1 show. Honey Boo Boo is an instant hit.

One of my friends suggested that people watch those shows to make themselves feel superior. (I may be a lousy mom, but at least I don’t dress up my child, and allow them to dance on top of a bar, or walk in a sexual way.)

Do you think there is a place for kiddie beauty pageants? Do you think Honey Boo Boo’s mom loves her child more than she loves herself? Convince me I’m wrong.

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Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition…Nyla’s Story


Nyla

I  like the “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.  Chris Powell,  the trainer, actually seems interested in making transformations among people.

But, there is something nosy and wrong  about watching extremely obese people begin to work out. They sweat, pant, grown, and look like they’re about to die.

But, it is great to watch them make progress, and “transform.”

Nyla, the recent episode struck a chord with me. I like watching strong women succeed.

This woman started out at 438 pounds. There is no doubt that she got this big because she has emotional problems.

It all stems from the fact that she was abandoned by her father when she was very little. Now, she can’t remember him, and he doesn’t really know her. Somehow, she’s found his loss so hurtful that she’s eaten to make up for it. ( It seemed hard to believe that missing someone you never really knew would upset you, but who’s to say what hurts other people. )

At first, she is really happy that Chris is going to help her. But what she finds out how hard it’s going to be, she gives up. More than once. She seems to be afraid to face her fears. She gets to a point, then gives up. She is afraid of failure.

One of the things Chris has her do to face her fears is to move the opposite way up a down escalator. To me, this seems a little, well….extreme.

She refuses to do it.

More than one time they butt heads. I like Nyla because she is a strong-minded woman. She’s not a mealy-mouthed type.

Everything is going up and down, until Chris hires a private investigator to find her family. Although her father is dead, she gets to meet the rest of his family. This closes the chapter on her feeling awful about the whole thing, and she gets a new family.

My favorite part is when she gets a dance lesson from one of the instructors from “Dancing With the Stars.” Being able to move rhythmically has nothing to do with being overweight!

Without ruining the whole show, let’s just say that she looks pretty good at the end although she can stand to lose some more weight.

Somehow, you’re pretty sure she’s going to succeed.

DWTS Semifinals: It was also sad story night, and I loved it!


Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins (Photo credit: BBC North East Wales)

Donald Driver and Aaron Rodgers

Donald Driver and Aaron Rodgers (Photo credit: elviskennedy)

DWTS had something I really love on their semi-finals tonight—stories.  All the stars shared a little piece of their lives with the audience.

William Levy is from Cuba, and lived in a ramshackle house. He didn’t get to come to America until his step-father got in some kind of trouble in Cuba, and the family was forced to leave. William worked hard for his family in Cuba, and has done the same in America.

Levy became famous by knocking on a modeling agency’s door. He is a big star in Latin America, and I’m sure he’s going to be a big star here.

He is proof that the American dream can still happen. It doesn’t hurt that he’s very easy on the eyes, and seems like a sincerely kind person.

He did an excellent tango, to “Sweet Dreams are made of these.” I would say he is one sweet dream come to life.

His second dance, a Samba, was just as sensational.

Levy does know how to dance, and move.

Donald Driver’s  story was about growing up really poor in Texas. You can’t get much poorer than living in a U-Haul under a bridge with a single mother and 4 siblings.  His father couldn’t help out the family because he was in prison.
His mother was forced to send him and his brother to live in Texas with his grandparents. To be accepted in their neighborhood you had to sell drugs and be a thug. He didn’t give this up until college when he met his wife, and she told him it was her or the drugs.

After college, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, but wasn’t the best player on the team. He worked hard to be the best. All his teammates like Driver and it’s easy to see why. His optimistic attitude is inspiring.

Now, he’s a star football player,  and he has a terrific wife and 2 little adorable kids.

He did a very elegant waltz, and a very quick perfect quick step. Driver can dance too, and has charisma.

After hearing that story, you can’t help but root for him. He also thanked his mother, and wife. He obviously knows how to play politics, and get the ladies to vote for him.

Katherine Jenkins is from Wales, and has been singing since she was 4. They showed her singing opera, and she has a fabulous voice. Not only is her voice great, but she dances like a pro. Oh, and she’s beautiful too. Too complicate matters she seems really sweet. Piers Morgan put in a plug for her during the show.

Her sad story is that somebody she was engaged to publicly broke up with her in London where she lives. To me, this story is not sad at all . Why marry a man who is not right for you? If you don’t want your life lived out in front of the public, don’t become famous. Don’t be beautiful and talented.
But if this is a dancing competition, she really should be in the semi-finals. My guess is that she’s going to be the one eliminated. Her story is not too sad, and women do watch and vote more than men.

Maria Menounos’ parents were immigrants from Greece. She used to accompany them to their janitorial jobs they did to make a good life for their kids in America. Beautiful Menounos was a beauty pageant winner, and used to appear on Channel One as a newscaster. Maybe the people who watched that show will keep her in the competition. She works for Extra, a gossipy TV show. 

Her boss said she was kind of a “klutz”. (I’m glad I don’t work for him!)  She has danced beautifully from the start. The judges gave her a perfect score tonight. She deserves to be in the competition. The judges highly rated her. She is giving most of the credit to Derek. (One of my favorite pros)

I think it’s too bad any of these terrific dancers have to be eliminated. I have really enjoyed this series of Dancing With the Stars.

Any comments? Feel free! Who is your favorite?

Dancing With The Stars Final offers Inspirational Story: Richard “Steelo” Vasquez


DS boxshot

DS boxshot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I waited to watch the DWTS final a day. I didn’t know the results, so it was a surprise. I expected Melissa Gilbert to go, but it was one of my favorites, Jaleel White.

Not only do I like Jaleel’s dancing, but I like his persona. First of all, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He seems like a really good guy. And his dancing is pretty terrific. How else could he have played Urkel?

But, what really touched me was this week’s “AT & T’s Spotlight Performance” featuring Richard “Steelo” Vazques. He was a top B-boy dancers before he suffered a brain aneurysm in 2011. He lost the ability to walk and speak.

After spending six months in the hospital, he now spends his days going to physical rehabilitation. They showed him recovering, and it was almost too pathetic to watch. He was in a wheelchair, wearing a helmet and  learning to function again.  It took him a year, but he was debuting on “Dancing With The Stars”.

Somehow, he managed to get himself together to make a debut dancing with his group the Groovaloos. He came out 2/3 of the way through the performance. He was on a lit box. He looked terrific, no helmet.  He did some difficult steps. How inspirational. His wife was in the audience crying with joy.

Why is it some people have that inner strength to overcome all odds? Someone who is willing to work so hard is truly inspirational!

Do you have anyone who inspires you? If you have a story to share,  please do.

DWTS Classical Week: It brought me real joy!


Hofball in Wien. Aquarell, 49.8 x 69.3 cm

Hofball in Wien. Aquarell, 49.8 x 69.3 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This week Dancing With the Stars had classical week. This is exactly what classical music needs. Making  this fabulous music  relevant to today, and that’s what this episode of DWTS did. They also added 18 musicians to the Dancing With the Stars orchestra. Harold Wheeler, the orchestra leader, seemed so happy to be the conductor for the night!

The show opened up with Joshua Bell playing a tune from Vivaldi’ Four Seasons. In case, you aren’t a classical devotee, Bell is one of the best violinists around these days. The professional dancers dressed in really cool 18th century type costumes. It was very artistic.

Katherine Jenkins was the first contestant up, dancing the rhumba to The Canon in D by  Pachabel. wow! style and elegance!  She was wearing a gorgeous grecian urn type costume. The judges love this woman with good reason. She is the most talented dancer, and she is a professional opera singer.

Melissa Gilbert and Max danced the Argentine Tango. They danced a great dance to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Exciting way to bring out the music. The judges thought there were too many lifts. I thought they were wrong, wrong, and wrong!

Jackie Evancho is a young prodigy opera singer. She did an unbelievable job singing Ave Maria  for a Viennese Waltz. William Levy did a masterful job dancing to the song. Not only is he great looking, but he moves in an elegant way.

Roshon Fegan Did a tango. Great job! Carrie Ann gave him a hug. She liked it.

Donald Driver did a  Viennese Waltz. Vittoria Grigolo, an opera singer, sang! Driver has a work ethic, and did a great dance.

Maria  Menounos did a Paso Doble to Montagues and Capulets . It was very dramatic I loved Maria’s gorgeous red dress, and her fangs. (She was a vampire) Wow, Fabulous ! She was convincing vampire! Bruno said, she was  “Queen of the damned was the queen of the night.” PERFECT 30

Jaleel White In the rehearsal Jaleel comes across as a really nice guy. Did a competent Viennese Waltz. I liked it. I A beautiful  song I Made the Most of Loving you. Judges liked the story he conveyed, but not his technique.

They put the dancers on teams to get some extra points for each of them. More Vivaldi for Team Tango. They were up first. They were wearing very cool black and white costumes. It was so entertaining! 27/30 They got 27 points added to their individual scores.

Team Paso They did the Paso Doble. Danced to Carmina Burana  It was dramatic! They had all the muscle men together. They did a neat thing with their capes. It was absolutely beautiful! “Fire and ice,” said Len. 26/30 He had that right. I enjoyed this Dancing With the Stars

Maria was first and Melissa was last! We’ll see who gets the shaft tonight!

Any comments? There must be some devotees of this entertaining program.

Jack Wagner Exits and dancing questions for you?


Standard dancing (prechampionship final) at th...

Standard dancing (prechampionship final) at the 2006 MIT Ballroom Dance Competition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just as I predicted, Jack Wagner is going!

During the show, Anna and her dance partner husband did a gorgeous dance together. They were honoring their friend, a dancer, who is fighting stage 4 cancer.  Their emotions really came out in the dance. It is really a beautiful art form! It was touching to see her friend’s grateful reaction.

I wish that people would start ballroom dancing, and we would all start doing it on the dance floor.

The way baby boomers  dance is so basic. Getting up and shaking is kind of silly. We wanted to give up structure, but maybe we got carried away. It’s all a hangover from the casting away of tradition of the 60’s  and 70’s.

I remember taking dance lessons, and it had something to it, and a place to go. Remember the jitterbug, Cha Cha, and slow dancing. (That hasn’t changed that much)

I didn’t get into the disco movement? Did you? .

Have I lost touch? What are the latest dances? Where do you go to learn them? What’s your dance experience?

Do you wish dancing had more structure?

Dancing With The Stars Week 2


 Hosts

Brooke and Tom were as fun as ever. Is Brooke starting to look a little shop worn? Today she was wearing a yellow sequined gown with a peek-a-boo slit  showcasing her very fake breasts.

Dances and Dancers

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie (Quickstep)

Roshon is a Disney Star and mega talented. He did a professional job. He seems like he has the natural talent to win by a mile. She was wearing an elegant white dress, and they looked so great together.

Score: 26/30

Sherrie Shephard and Val (Quickstep)

You gotta hand it to Sherrie. She is overweight, and shouldn’t look good, but she does. You figure she’s going to make a fool of herself, but just the opposite. She shows you that self-confidence can make worlds of difference in how you come off to others. She has some talent too.

Score: 23/30

Melissa Gilbert and Maxim (Quickstep)

Melissa is a pro all the way, but she isn’t a perfect dancer. I thought she did a competent job, but it was a little awkward. She will probably stay on the show for a while because people like me are fond of her from her TV days.

Score: 20/30

Jack Wagner and Ann (Jive)

For some reason, this guy turns me off. He seems conceited. “ I don’t have much bum to shake” he says in rehearsal.

He did do a good job dancing. I was hoping he’d fall or something. No chance.

Good news: the judges weren’t crazy about him!

Score: 21/30

Gladys Knight and Tristin ( Quickstep)

In the rehearsal segment they showed, I noticed Gladys looked old. (Maybe older than me?)

I was disappointed in her dance this week. Her dress was beautiful blue and silver but she seemed a little tentative. She does have good musical rhythm. Surprise! But her posture, not so good!

Score: 19/30

Katherine Jenkins and Mark (Jive)

British opera diva was embarrassed to shake her rear. (She’s had tea with the Queen). She got over it. Nobody deserves to be this beautiful and talented. I can’t even hate her cause she seems modest.  The judges loved her! She’s first.

Score: 26/30

Jaleel White and Kim (Jive)

He did a very competent job, but not as good as last week. He let us all in on a secret: he had to be coordinated to make his character, Steve Erkel, look like a  klutz.  This guy has talent! But he still looks a little nerdy.

Score: 22/30

 Maria Menounos and Derek (Jive)

They were super together, and she has an injured  rib. I’d give her a good chance of staying in the competition for a while. But, her laugh is really annoying.

Score: 25/30

Martina Navratilova  and Tony (Jive) 

I admire your work ethic, but stick to tennis. At least she was wearing pants today, but I wasn’t crazy about the bra covered with net. I think she was truer to who she is by giving both Len and Carrie a kiss.

Score: 17/30 I thought the judges were generous! She’s last.

Dan Driver and Peta (Quick step) 

Those football players make fabulous dancers. At least “Quickie” did a great job this week. It was practically perfect.

Score: 24/30

Gavin Degraw and Karina

Gavin proves that you can be musical and not be a great dancer. Karina did a great job. He did gave an extra 13 hours, but it wasn’t worth it.

Score: 21/30

William Levy and Sheryl Burke (Quickstep) 

Sexy, sexy and sexy. Sorry ladies, it looks like he has a woman and a small child in the audience. He is a very good dancer. Wow!

Score: 25/30

What do you think?

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