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I’m not ashamed to admit that watching The Apprentice is one of my guilty pleasures. While I actually prefer the regular, non-celebrity version, watching the Celebrity Apprentice is certainly an eye opener. Where else can you see the carefully crafted masks of B, C, D list celebrities, slip and reveal the flawed, vulnerable, and sometimes very ugly faces of the once exalted, exposed.

Without Celebrity Apprentice, how we would have known that Meatloaf is a major, teary-eyed drama queen? Or that Dionne Warwick is lazy and fouled mouthed?  Or that Lou Ferrigno is a one-note tune with anger management issues? Or that Rob Blagojevich doesn’t know how to email? But, as much as I enjoy watching the self marketing master, Donald Trump and his surprisingly warm and witty children each week, this week revealed a truth that I had naively believed had died.

Apparently, there is no sin greater than a woman crying in the boardroom.

A few weeks ago, Arsenio Hall, he of “whoop whoop” fame, destroyed his reputation as a calm, cool and collected cat by losing it with cast member Aubrey O’Day. With cameras rolling, he blasted O’Day as a “slut,” a “c**t,” a “bitch,” a “whore,” a “skank ass,” and said that he would “something something all over her face.” Behind the scenes, word is that Hall became so hysterical and violent that security had to be called. All this because Hall and O’Day tangled over who came up with a winning idea. That’s right…they were the WINNING team.

Despite the fact that episodes are broadcast weekly, the Celebrity Apprentice Show films three episodes per week. The cast members are up at 4:30am and film all week long. This means that after Hall’s outburst and threats, the cast and crew had to go right back to filming with him. The following week, when the show aired again, I was truly shocked to see Arsenio Hall, sheepish and blaming O’Day for HIS outburst, was still on the show.

Were The Donald’s hands tied? Did some contractual verbiage prevent him from kicking Arsenio Hall’s back side to the curb?  I couldn’t believe that a man as mindful of his reputation as THE business tycoon and all around Capitalist personality, Donald Trump, would condone this type of behavior, even in his silence.

But for whatever reason, there Hall was.

Last night, Trump had the opportunity to bump any contestant irrespective of winning teams and money raised. I expected him to redeem himself and get rid of the man who would so basely attack a fellow cast member. But that didn’t happen. In fact, The Donald was rather quiet on the entire situation. Trump didn’t reference the fact that as a potential employer, he and his company would be held legally liable for allowing an employee to create such a hostile workplace. He didn’t explain that threatening to facially rape a co-worker is at best, inappropriate. He didn’t even acknowledge that for most women in America, the “c word” is still the most emotionally charged, offensive word around.  

Instead, when it came time to rid the show of a contestant, The Donald didn’t focus on behavior or professional conduct. He didn’t refer the person who raised the least amount of money or even who lost the most tasks. Instead, Donald Trump saved the misogynist and focused on that old chestnut, women shouldn’t be in the boardroom because they are too emotional and sometimes cry.

Lisa Lampanelli, the acerbic, vulgar, blue comedian could certainly have been sent packing for her own outbursts. But when Trump fired her, he didn’t mention her attacks on fellow cast member, Dayanna Mendez, who Lampanelli called a “dumb bitch.” Instead, he chastised her for “inappropriately” shedding tears of anger in a previous week’s boardroom battle.

Forget the fact that meatloaf blathered all through last season and was applauded for being “sensitive.”  Forget that over 8 million businesses in the US are owned by women, so apparently our propensity to cry isn’t preventing the cash from flowing.

In that one move, The Donald, watched by millions of people, reinforced that in corporate America, when it comes down to it, it’s ok to call a woman a cunt, but she better not cry about it.

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  •  I call BS (1+ / 0-)
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    Lisa Lamapanelli crying?? not possible.


    I guess this is not unexpected from Trump. The list of his stupidities is probably longer then his list of bad investments.

    If you want to feel better search youtube for trump roast (it was on comedy central, and he was destroyed by folks like Lampanelli).

    If you aren't aren't paying attention

    by happenstance on Mon May 07, 2012 at 03:21:27 PM PDT

  •  I don't watch this show (4+ / 0-)
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    voroki, CaliSista, coffeetalk, indubitably

    but I think you are taking it too seriously.  Arsenio Hall's outburst probably made it more likely he would stay on the show, not less likely.  Cruel, rude behavior is rewarded on reality tv shows, especially one as manufactured and produced as The Apprentice.  Its about creating villians and getting people to tune in the next week.  Will Hall get punished?  Will he finally get his comeupance?  Its why Flavor Flav went from the Surreal Life to hosting his own dating show.  Not b/c women would actually want to date him; but because he made himself a spectacle.  The Apprentice is as much about business acumen as the Real World is about ... the Real World.  

  •  Well... (6+ / 0-)

    using that kind of hate speech should be something that gets you instantly...


    But so often there is a wink and a nod and a slap on the wrist by the good old boys club.

  •  Reality TV Shows - Mental Garbage Porn (3+ / 0-)
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    carver, Smoh, Mannie

    Idol, Talent, Dancing, Kardashians, Celebrity, Bachelor...and all the rest...

    I just can't do it.
    Movies - I can do...
    Western Porn: Sure - Good, Bad, Ugly
    Kung Fu Porn: OK - Crouching, Hidden
    Space Porn - YES! - Alien, Babylon 5, BSG
    Futuristic Malaise Porn - Blade Runner
    Even some chick flick Porn: How to lose a guy in ten days
    And old teen angst porn: Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink

    But I just can not do the reality TV porn.
    I just can't...

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Mon May 07, 2012 at 03:50:52 PM PDT

  •  Don't let the orange-haired buffoon get you down. (1+ / 0-)
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    I doubt he's a good representative of...anything.

    Having said that, would you be as upset if Aubrey O'Day had called Arsenio Hall a dick?

    That word gets bandied about a lot more often (on this site and in our culture in general) than the dreaded c-word.

    Perhaps we should all use it more often. That way, its shock value would diminish greatly.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Mon May 07, 2012 at 03:51:42 PM PDT

    •  I have to agree. (0+ / 0-)

       While I never use the cunt word (if I did my wife would beat me with a stick – a large stick) but I freely call male assholes a prick or a dick and have heard many a woman (including my wife and daughters) use it.  Is there some weird gender imbalance here?
      Bored minds want to know......on second thought I don't really give a shit.

      "if you don't make peaceful revolution possible, you make violent revolution inevitable." ….JFK. .......{- 8.25 / -5.64}

      by carver on Mon May 07, 2012 at 04:08:19 PM PDT

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    •  If I am called a Honkey (1+ / 0-)
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      I am not particularly offended.  Does that mean it is ok for me to use the N- word?  Of course not.  You are using a false equivalency.  Women are constantly reduced to sex objects and dehumanized.  Use of the c-word is an exreme form of this.   The words you refer to are taken by men as similar to other putdowns, such as idiot or stupid.   Referring to a woman in a sexual manner is not.  In the case in the dairy, he didn't just call her a name.  He became verbally abusive and threatened to sexually assault her.  He dehumanized her, and the words he used were extreme.  To consider this behavior to a casual putdown reveals your total failure to grasp the sexual politics in this country.

      Not all those who wander are lost.

      by Leftleaner on Mon May 07, 2012 at 08:51:07 PM PDT

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  •  Could someone please fire "The Donald". (0+ / 0-)

    "There is but one evil party with two names, and it will be elected despite all I can do or say." W.E.B. Dubois, 1956

    by TheMomCat on Mon May 07, 2012 at 04:04:04 PM PDT

  •  It makes for good television (0+ / 0-)

    And ratings. It's all about ratings.

    I don't condone what Arsenio did, not at all---but I find Lisa Lampanelli's behavior with Dyanna even worse. And Aubrey? Dear doG, save us women from those sorry stereotypes, please! IMNSHO, Lisa and Aubrey are just as bad as Arsenio.

    Yes, it's true, I'm completely addicted to the show. Totally.

  •  The only thing that will get someone (0+ / 0-)

    Bounced from reality shows of any stripe is laying hands on someone. So if Arsenio had slapped O'Day, and I wouldn't blame him, he would've been a gonner.

    You know, I have nothing against confident people, but O'Day is beyond the pale with her arrogance. I'm looking forward to the day when she turns 30 and someone calls her old. She's a clown-haired "teenager" with delusions of superiority and a voice that annoys the shit out of me.

    •  Yes, hitting a woman is always (0+ / 0-)

      an appropriate response when a man can't think of a good verbal comeback.

      Come out of the 17th century please.

      Not all those who wander are lost.

      by Leftleaner on Mon May 07, 2012 at 08:53:28 PM PDT

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      •  It isn't a matter of a man hitting a woman, sir (0+ / 1-)
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        It's a matter of any reality contestant laying hands on another reality contestant. And that doesn't have to mean hitting. She could be grabbed by the arms and slung across the room. It isn't hitting, but it is laying on of hands. See?

        •  Hitting, throwing her across the room (0+ / 0-)

          slapping, kicking, punching, biting, raping, holding her down and masturbating on her face, 'laying on of hands'.  What you advocate is physical abuse and is not, under any circumstances, acceptable treatment of a woman.  It sounds as if you find this to be appropriate behavior.  It is never, ever, ever the proper response for a man to a woman.  I am shocked that you are advocating abuse of women on DK, and will be reporting you to the website managers.

          Not all those who wander are lost.

          by Leftleaner on Mon May 07, 2012 at 10:22:11 PM PDT

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  •  Lisa was a true bully (0+ / 0-)

    In fact, this was the MOST bigoted season I have watched.  They went after people they couldn't understand when they talked, whether becasue of disability or language.  Clay totally showed his bigoted side, with his "I can't understand a thing she says" crap.

    Don't know who will be fired first next week, but I think it will be Hall.  But I wish it was Aubrey (I'm the only one who knows what they're doing) or Mr. Bigotted Clay.

    If you want to know the real answer: Just ask a Mom.

    by tacklelady on Mon May 07, 2012 at 08:58:52 PM PDT

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