Note: This post was originally published in June 2014. We’ve updated and republished it to commemorate Grace’s departure from HLN — but hopefully, hopefully, not from Twitter.
Nancy Grace is many things: an outsized TV personality, a cultural lightning rod, a former failed contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” … and a veritable Twitter gem.
We can only hope that, as she departs her long-running HLN TV show, she’ll keep up the unhinged hashtags.
Grace, who has been tweeting since 2008, inadvertently pioneered a hashtag style all her own: Back when hashtags were still used chiefly to organize conversations, Grace flung them around as a type of editorial. She coined #MicrowaveBaby and #DwarfSexSting. #BoxofInfants and #PotTot. She appended her absurdly lurid, exaggeratedly tabloid labels to everything from incest and dismemberment to pancakes and pot. Really, Grace should get a footnote in the annals of hashtag rap — she really got the hashtag as a creative device. (Or, just as likely, she didn’t get it at all, and her tweets are just happy, oblivious accidents.)
We don’t know which, and we don’t know what’s next for Grace, exactly. But we hope she keeps tweeting. And in the meantime, we’ll fondly remember her accidental Twitter comedy.
I can hardly cook a pot of macaroni & cheese—so how did this mom allegedly help kill & dismember her hubby’s former lover?! #DismemberedMom— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) January 30, 2014
My kids love McDonald’s! They even love the new creepy Ronald McDonald! But apparently, so do child molestors #BathroomAttack?— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) June 11, 2014
A lot of perfectly normal people murder their children #BabyInDryer— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) September 11, 2012
Was this a #MurderForPizza?— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) September 28, 2012
In some states, killing & eating a pet is not a crime! #BakedCat— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) January 10, 2014
Do I want a naked man sliding his booty down an inflatable slide—then my kids using that slide? I can’t even think about it! #PervyPJParty— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) February 7, 2014
I want answers #BoxOfInfants— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) December 18, 2013
Too obese for the death penalty? It’s not like he has to run around a track to the electric chair #TooFatToDie?— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) September 19, 2012
This was not just a ‘friendly dance’ #TeacherLapDance— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) April 29, 2014
Every time I talk about this, people say pot is no worse than alcohol. Are those my only 2 choices in life—to get high or drunk? #PotAndTots— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) March 12, 2014
So often when people do horrible things, they find a quote from somewhere in the Bible that somehow makes it all okay #HotForTeacher— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) December 7, 2012
His lover is pregnant, but cops say: this guy doesn’t want the baby, so he cooks her breakfast–laced w/ the abortion pill! #KillerPancakes?— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) April 1, 2014
Do you know what Fireball whiskey is? This is the first I’m hearing of it! #2Rich4Justice— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) May 21, 2014
A tot is reportedly seen wandering the street half naked, wet, shivering & holding a beer. How did this happen? #BeerTot
— Nancy Grace (@NancyGrace) November 27, 2013
His lover is pregnant, but cops say: this guy doesn't want the baby, so he cooks her breakfast–laced w/ the abortion pill! #KillerPancakes?
— Nancy Grace (@NancyGrace) April 1, 2014
— Nancy Grace (@NancyGrace) November 14, 2013