Victoria Jackson's excellent Tea Party adventure

Victoria Jackson's excellent Tea Party adventure
Giulio Sciorio

Victoria Jackson doesn't want to meet at her house. "The Nation of Islam wants to kill me," she explains apologetically in her inimitable shrill voice. Instead, she picks up a reporter at a Miami-area strip mall. Her weathered Honda Civic is adorned with "Nobama," Marco Rubio, and Tea Party bumper stickers, and inside, it smells like it's been fumigated with sweet incense.

She hurtles through intersections and down side streets, holding a Flip cam to her face with her left hand. Steering with elbows and the occasional pinkie, she opens a Bible inscribed with her name and quotes Scripture. Then she turns the camera on a reporter riding shotgun, whom she suspects is a socialist. "Don't you think that some people are on welfare from cradle to grave," she demands, ploddingly, "because the government is encouraging them never to work?"

"Leaving on a Jet Plane," her ringtone, blares from some unknown recess of her purse, and she's suddenly burrowing through loads of makeup cases to find it. "What if we crashed and died on video?" she says, laughing wildly. "That would be the most viral video of the world! You'd be dead, but you'd have a really viral video!"

Victoria Jackson at a gig hosting a Christmas show on a Florida beach.
Giulio Sciorio
Victoria Jackson at a gig hosting a Christmas show on a Florida beach.
Half Nelson, her sitcom pilot with Joe Pesci, lasted six glorious episodes.
Courtesy of Victoria Jackson
Half Nelson, her sitcom pilot with Joe Pesci, lasted six glorious episodes.

At age 52, Victoria Jackson bears little resemblance to that lithe and sweetly dopey girl with the grating voice on Saturday Night Live. And you wouldn't recognize her from those eight mostly forgettable '80s and '90s feature films such as I Love You to Death and No More Baths. These days, she cuts a more snowman-like figure. Or as Howard Stern recently put it, she "looks like she ate Victoria Jackson."

Her comedy career, which took her from Johnny Carson's stage in Los Angeles to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, long ago squeaked its last breath. She's a Miami-area suburban grandmother and wife of a buff local cop with a Bad Boys-esque career full of shootouts and commendations. And to some Christian conservatives, she is a seer of truth. The daffy actress — about whom the Washington Post once mused, "If you opened her head, it would be filled with cotton candy" — is now a bizarrely riveting semiregular political pundit on Fox News.

She's no Keyboard Cat. But videos uploaded of her — on cable news programs, on her online talk show, or filmed by her own erratic hand — have in just the past few months amassed more than a million page views. She has strummed a ukulele while harmonizing that Muslims "like beheadings and pedophile weddings." Even Bill O'Reilly laughed at her when she compared Barack Obama to "Castro in Cuba, or the guy in China, or Saddam Hussein." She has declared, in protest of a gay kiss on Glee, that homosexual children need to "pray the gay away" and that there's a "spiritual war in America."

But calling her the lunatic fringe is at most half right. Victoria has been invited to the office of Republican Florida congressman Bill Posey, who commiserated when she said Obama has "the fakest birth certificate I've ever seen in my life." She has gained a sympathetic audience with nearly every GOP candidate of the 2012 presidential campaign (excluding the guy she calls a "fake conservative," Mitt Romney). She rode the Tea Party Express bus with Herman Cain and joined Michele Bachmann at a D.C. rally where the crowd chanted, "There's a communist living in the White House!" If not the captain of the S.S. Tea Party, she's at least the screeching mermaid strapped to its bow.

Marlene Jackson pulls out a throne-like seat for a male visitor to the family's modest Miami Shores home. "That's the master's chair," Victoria's mom declares cheerily. "The man is the master."

Then she delivers cookies and Coca-Cola in old-timey bottles, just the way Victoria's dad likes them. Eighty-three-year-old Jim Jackson is a strapping and boyish former gymnast in thick spectacles. A squiggly triangle of pale flesh, left over from a melanoma graft, mars his left cheek. Along with Victoria, who is barefoot with cherry-red toenail polish and recording video as always, the little family gathers around a high-top table.

Soon, Jim begins with booming recollections of his youth as a champion gymnast. "I'm homophobic," he announces while describing why he doesn't like to strip in male locker rooms. "I also don't like fat people. Every time I see a 300-to 400-pound lady or a man sit down to stuff her face, I want to say, 'No, you fool! You're killing yourself!'"

Then he adds for good measure: "Our son is 300 pounds."

Marlene and Jim met around 1950 in Chicago, where he was raised and she was studying to be a nurse. Victoria's mom was from a family of Baptist zealots near Windom, Minnesota, a plains town about three hours southwest of the Twin Cities. During the Great Depression, the whole family went door-to-door preaching the evils of alcohol, caffeine, movies, music, dancing, dice, and cards.

Marlene's much-adored sister, Angeline Rose, had developed schizophrenia as a teenager and died in a state hospital. Marlene blamed God. In revenge, she married the happy-go-lucky gymnastics-obsessed Jim, whose only religion was Fred Astaire and Burt Lancaster movies. They moved to Miami in the early '50s, partly because Jim was inspired by Clark Gable's Mutiny on the Bounty.

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VollyfromtheBlog
VollyfromtheBlog like.author.displayName 1 Like

I just feel sorry for her. Most people who go off the ideological rails are damaged. It's rather obvious in her case. Name one person who sees her as a human being and not a joke. He husband, maybe. Everyone has a need to be taken seriously. Those who can truly joke about themselves have gained a sense of self-respect. She never did, and so she continues squeaking into the air. Very sad.

Chilidawg
Chilidawg like.author.displayName 1 Like

Her mother was psychotic, that explains a lot.

Petzl
Petzl like.author.displayName 1 Like

This woman is exemplary of the adage, A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. And in her case, it's very little knowledge.

Jugears McKenyan Jr
Jugears McKenyan Jr

This woman has more 'nads' then any GOP or DEM in congress to stand up to who she does without compunction. She knows as any conservative entertainer knows, step out of the liberal lockstep goosestepping out there and you might as well put a KKK hood on your head and forget working in that decadent dump called Hollywood ever again.

She's the female Dennis Miller and other SNL alums will follow suit when THEY too grow up as well someday, those that CAN at least.

Granted, I imagine It's hard to do (grow up) when you get paid millions to play make believe for a living while in a walking drug and alcohol induced coma for much of their adult lives and live in a east/west coast cocoon, where 'liberal think' is the only 'think', and flyover country is where their lear jets dump their wizz and excrement on the way to and from work, awards ceremonies, court dates and bi yearly rehab stints...

azlefty
azlefty

Poor little Nicky, all of your has been heroes are just that has beens who are milking you and your ilk for every penny they can get. At least Ice T was honest when he put out Cop Killer and said he was "pimipng" everyone for the money

As for Conservatives in Hollywood, funny how the talent is still there!Trace Adkins: Wilfred BrimleyJerry BruckheimerJames CaanDrew CareyAdam Carolla -he will be on the TEA Party circus before long though due to his lack of talent Tom ClancyJon CryerClint EastwoodMel GibsonKelsey GrammerTom SelleckFred Thompsonand the list goes on!

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Ray Butt
Ray Butt like.author.displayName 1 Like

Scariest thing I've read in a while.

Daniel
Daniel like.author.displayName 1 Like

'Later she says, "I feel like I'm the only person who has reason, common sense, and sanity."'

someone needs to point Ms. Jackson to the Wikipedia page for the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Halloween_Jack
Halloween_Jack

This both confirms every negative thing I've ever heard or thought about Jackson and makes me feel a little sorry for her. (Just a little, though.)

BurtAllen
BurtAllen

Sounds like another "REALITY" series is coming.

Barry Smith
Barry Smith like.author.displayName 1 Like

I didn't realize until I read this article that she truly IS as slow and ignorant as her stage persona. And now, scary.

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Darrell G. Ragland
Darrell G. Ragland like.author.displayName 1 Like

This article was very hard for me to read, not only the writing but the story. It's obvious this woman is showing the initicial signs of schizophrenia. It's only a matter of time before she goes completely off the deep end. Until then she is nothing more that a one woman circus side-show, a freak who doesn't realize she is a freak. Goodbye Victoria, you're lost in your own world.

Douglas J E Barnes
Douglas J E Barnes

I keep waiting for her to come out as having punked the Tea Party movement. If not, at least she's turned the name "Victoria Jackson" into a punchline.

ttt207
ttt207 like.author.displayName 1 Like

and if you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of air swirling between her ears.

Janet C
Janet C like.author.displayName 1 Like

I bet you don't have to listen very carefully to hear the swirling between your ears.

ttt207
ttt207

O2 sat's a little elevated between your ears judging by the depth and originality of your response.

TheColoredHand
TheColoredHand

Could this article BE any nastier, left-winged, vicious, and WRONG? Shes smart, politically astute, and STILL hot! Ever see most of these lib chicks when they hit 50? Forget 50-try 30! THIS is why we need a Tea Party, and why VJ should be the MAJORITY in Follyweird!

M
M like.author.displayName 1 Like

8/10, nice troll.You would have got a higher score if you used "libtard" and "socialist".

M
M like.author.displayName 1 Like

I don't care about this poor lady with her mental illness.However, the scary part is that people in power or trying to achieve power think like her.That should scare the hell out of everyone.

Donald
Donald

excuse me? those interviews are great! my wifes' mom makes $63/hr on the internet. She has been out of work for 5 months but last month her paycheck was $5177 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more about it www.MakeCash29.com

Rough Tongue
Rough Tongue like.author.displayName 1 Like

What was that actress that got all the interviews when John Ritter died? This seems more like pay attention too me then an actual "Tea Party Representative" Yeah, mental disorder too the max......

timmmahhhh
timmmahhhh

If you want to keep up with stories about the crazy lady, Facebook has a page called "Victoria Jackson is batsh** crazy."

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Ruin the party? These people aren't worried about us. They're not worried about anything. They're rich. No matter what happens, these people just keep applauding.

The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party

Only the fat cats change — not their methods and not their pet bugaboos(taxes, corporate regulation, organized labor, and government “handouts” to the poor, unemployed, ill and elderly). Even the sources of their fortunes remain fairly constant.

Rural_Texas
Rural_Texas

I don't know where to begin...this woman is just totally fruit loops. And Fox gives her an audience.

dutchs
dutchs

No, alcoholics don't have drunk pride parades. They have bars. And football and NASCAR events where alcohol is part of the experience. And Wall Street doesn't have greed pride parades - they just totally deny there's anything wrong with what they're doing. Liars don't hold lie marathons - they just pay lobbyists to deny climate change, and build creationist theme parks.

ixijimixi
ixijimixi

*Marlene's much-adored sister, Angeline Rose, had developed schizophrenia as a teenager and died in a state hospital.*

If she were born today, she'd be writing for Breitbart

Nadgie T
Nadgie T

I oNly read the first page and when the dads comment " my son is 300 pounds"" appeared, I knew I had to stop reading. I used to be a fan now I won't even finish the story. It's sad when an actor goes downhill. They will do anything for attention. Even make believe they are crazy.

Pedantic Douchebag
Pedantic Douchebag like.author.displayName 1 Like

Phil Hartman is dead, and she gets to live? Yeah, THANKS, universe.

Jf
Jf like.author.displayName 1 Like

Poor dear Victoria. She has not a clue! I think she is desperate and is being used, but she doesn't know it, so I guess it's OK. She had a career, she crazied it away and now she has nothing left but crazy!

kawb1011
kawb1011 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Wow...her dad's a real piece of work, isn't he? I think she's a loon, but I can kind of understand why, growing up under the influence of such a hyper-critical ass.

Ha!
Ha!

Victoria Jackson is a dumb tea-party cunt. Fuck her.

Guest
Guest

The face of mental illness.

claudia
claudia

"Victoria says she knew nothing about politics and rarely voted."

"I liked the idea of getting $100,000 a week for having five lines that someone else wrote, and I could do airhead better than anyone. That's my specialty! It would be effortless."

This just proves she's been trolling this whole time. I've also wasted 5 min of my life reading this crap. Victoria Jackson is not interesting and is officially a moron.

runarounsue
runarounsue

Nice article, her dad sounds funny, actually makes me like her even though I dont agree with her views on politics

timmmahhhh
timmmahhhh

Her dad is part of the problem, perpetuating the sad societal demand that you are supposed to hate yourself if you're fat. I suppose that is considered conservative humor. Speaking of, isn't it ironic now that the two SNLers who made it big on FOX are her and Dennis Miller?

Madge
Madge

I think it's interesting to have a broader look at her life, especially to see how and why her crazy has developed. And her parents live near me. I had no clue!

Roberto Jose Burnett
Roberto Jose Burnett

Why would you validate this "person" with any sort of media attention or story? Of course I could kick myself because I was once a fan - but her sudden turn to the right is both saddening and disgusting.

Kevlarcardhouse
Kevlarcardhouse

Seeing as how she is still being taken seriously as a political pundit, I would say the point of this media story is to invalidate her.

let's dance
let's dance

After reading this I want to cry for her. While reading the bible go to the book of Melachi 1:2, then go to3 John 1. Then go visit ms. rootoff and get what ever has a hold on you off.

 
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