Cast Blog: #RHONJ

The Queen's English

Episode 7:'s Associate Editor thinks the 'Jersey' crew should always speak in a British accent.

Just when you thought Jersey couldn't get any gayer, a wedding full of fascinators and butterflies happens along with a whipped cream fight on the Jersey Shore. And yet again, it was full of tears and moving moments. Oh and a lot of talk about Kate Hudson Middleton.

No. 3 - The Queen's English

Like a gift from above, Chris Manzo decided en route to the wedding that everyone should try their hand at a British accent to really get into the spirit of the English-themed nuptials. I ask you, what could be more thrilling than seeing the Jersey crew take on the queen's English? Nothing, that's what. It was as if we had suddenly been transported to Downton Abbey by way of a party bus in Chicago.

The Manzo kids probably had it down best, but of course used it only to insult each other. That's OK though, because it sounded so very proper. It's not mean when it sounds regal! The real treat however was Teresa's attempt at a British accent. Even she knew that wasn't going to end well, but props for being a good sport. All we got was, "It divine," and yes, it was divine. There was really no discernible trace of an English accent. None at all. But I think if you listen very closely, you can sense the spirit of the United Kingdom in that utterance.

Side note: Kate Hudson was in no way involved in the royal wedding. And no, Kate Middleton would not think the feather was too much.

No. 2 - Gays Do It Better

I really can't argue with Caroline (because it's true and I also wouldn't want to be on her bad side), "Leave it to the gays, they do everything right." How is it possible to throw together a wedding with horse-drawn carriages, swans, and boxes of butterflies all at a fairytale venue? With a little fabulous elbow grease evidently. Aren't weddings supposed to take upwards of a year to plan? Yet somehow everything came together and it was a gorgeous (although very hot as we learned from Jamie's sweat-soaked shirt) day.

Chris' interview about his brother was also as beautiful as the wedding itself. You could tell he loves his brother and was genuinely happy for him. And how great were those vintage shots of Chris and Jamie? Something tells me those two were the cause of a lot of broken hearts in Jersey.

Side note: I don't understand why everyone seemed so hung up on whether the horses would stop and poop as they carried in the happy couple. Was there a bet? Obviously they weren't going to, this is a proper gay, English-themed wedding!
No. 1 - It Gets Better

Another week, another gay moment that brings me to tears. Seriously, RHONJ has become the new face of the "It Gets Better" campaign. First we have Jamie and Rich's vows. I definitely don't envy Rich having to go second. It's got to be pretty tough to deliver your own speech after your partner pontificates on how much he loves you. But then Jamie makes it worse by bursting into tears when Rich starts his vows. At that point, obviously, Rich loses it too and it becomes a full on cry fest. Touching, but keep it together! We want to hear the vows! (This is why I always keep my speeches humorous.)

Then helping to continue the unending river of tears, Caroline takes the stage to deliver her speech. After we get past the mountain of minds analogy (odd visual, I have to admit), Caroline really brings down the house when she talks about Jamie's coming out and how he was scared to disappoint his parents. But both his mom and dad were both just happy he was finally "free" to be himself. Of course now there is not a dry eye in the house.

But hey if you're need to come down from this roller coaster of emotions, just remember that Caroline is wearing a lily pad on her head.
Next week things get tense between Teresa and Jacqueline over the Melissa drama. 

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Dina Manzo opens up about her comments regarding her family and why she kept quiet for Teresa Giudice.

This reunion was very hard to watch. What most of you don't know is I went in there with the intention of keeping silent on my family issues, as I have for the past four years. An incident happened at the reunion, and I won't even give that person the attention they crave, but it set me off to tell my truth. Well some of it at least. I felt I was very P.C. this whole time, but now I had enough. Some people will push you because they know deep down inside you won't push back, but being "zen" is all about setting boundaries, and learning that has been part of my spiritual path. 

I don't want to go into much other than saying my answer about Nic came out very cold because there was more to it. I wish it were that easy to get to know him, but unfortunately it's not because of my relationship with his mother, and I'm just being honest. He is not missing me nor does he know what is going on with this family because of NOTHING more than his age. Anyone who is trying to make people think otherwise, especially his mother, should be ashamed of themselves. The Mother Theresa comment was about people comparing how I raise money for children with cancer yet don't help him. I went on to say how blessed my brother is to live in a county in New Jersey that people actually move to for the autism programs offered. How I see joy in him because of the progress he is making. He is a happy, beautiful child that is on his way to recovery, and although I know it's a struggle for parents of children on the spectrum, there is NOTHING wrong with seeing joy in them instead of sorrow. I appreciate all the parents of children with autism for their emails, tweets, etc. understanding and APPRECIATING that I see Nic as a 4 year old beautiful boy and not labeling him as anything other than that.

Kathy and Melissa should not have challenged me about "family values" if they don't want to hear my side. I kept quiet for the most part for TERESA, not wanting to bring up old wounds when she was dealing with so much around her sentencing. It was a hard position for me to be in. 

I have no words for my sister on WWHL. She could have answered the no engagement question and left it at that. The lies that followed after were extremely hurtful and must have come from the sheer frustration of having to defend her position on the engagement party. All of you have seen I have ONLY ever said positive things about her no matter what I was feeling. 

Please take a moment to watch this video I made on my truth about it all. I will post all the details on my look next week, but you can get to everyone involved -- from hair to dress  -- on my Instagram post on Sunday. Speaking of Instagram, I invite you to join me on a post a day for the month of November to share what you are thankful for. Showing gratitude for what you have in life just allows the universe to send you more to be thankful for! Trust me, it works!

Sending lots of love, 

Dina xo