Treatment of Women on “Celebrity Apprentice” Unacceptable

By OUSAP Student Worker Brenda Mahler

Ever since taking WGS Special Topics: Women in Reality TV, I have become slightly more addicted to watching (I like to say analyzing) reality television. The newest show that I have been following is Celebrity Apprentice. I am not even going to begin to talk about the idea of Donald Trump as our next president – but I will focus on the latest firing of Star Jones and the Donald’s blatant disregard for women. Don’t get me wrong, Star Jones comments on the difference between an “educated black woman” and an uneducated black woman make me cringe just the same, but at least Jones is not trying to run our country.

On the latest episode Star Jones was in an argument with rocker Meatloaf or “Meat” for short. Throughout the argument Meatloaf called Star Jones “sweetie.” Star Jones told him not to call her sweetie in an argument. When it was brought up in the boardroom with Donald Trump, he dismissed her complaints saying, “Is that terrible? You know this politically correct crap…!”

Jones stood up for herself saying that she felt inferior and was not treated like a professional woman. It diminished her as a woman and was unacceptable. Trump’s response?

“Haven’t you been called worse? I know I’ve been called worse names than that?”

At the end of the boardroom, Star Jones was fired. Trump reinforced gender stereotypes by allowing Meatloaf to call Star Jones condescending pet names in a professional atmosphere. Earlier in the show Gary Busey called John Rich “boy” and Trump agreed that it was inappropriate. What’s the difference? Both words are equally condescending. Why was the incident between Busey and Rich warranted by Trump but not the Meatloaf/ Jones episode?  Perhaps it’s because Trump himself has a track record of demeaning women. Whatever the case, he offended not only professional women but ALL women.

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