I am actually mad at the end of the Apprentice finale. That may have been the most cowardly thing I’ve ever seen on TV.
Joan and Melissa Rivers played the victim card every time. Joan played the Hitler-card, called all poker players “worse than white trash”, accused them all of being associated with the mafia (I mean, professional poker players are more likely to hold a CPA than be associated with mobsters — many of them are downright geeky) and just generally looked ridiculous ranting and raving against someone who is clearly smarter and cooler under pressure.
And Trump picked Joan Rivers.
This explicit validation of all the ridiculous lies and insults… of implicitly rewarding Melissa for being nothing more than a no-talent toadie and whiny spoiled brat… it’s all just too much. I shouldn’t be this angry about the outcome of a stupid reality show, but I’m livid.
And it wasn’t just Trump, the other stupid celebrities said they would pick Joan as well (Scott Hamilton, Dennis Rodman, I think there was another) — these are people who may cross paths with the Rivers in the future; it’s unlikely they’ll ever cross Annie again. And if they do, it will be across a poker table where they are supposed to be adversaries. But they can’t afford to be ignored by Joan Rivers on the red carpet… this was a power play, plain and simple. And while it’s hard to believe she has any pull anywhere, it looks like Joan Rivers has more celebrity power than Annie Duke.
I would love to have overheard what Annie said to Trump as she shook his hand. I bet she told him he made a terrible mistake; I bet she’s got the nerve to do that. And I hope she is instrumental in the bankruptcy of his next big casino… if she can get all the lower-than-white-trash (poker players) to boycott his resorts, that would be awesome. After all, he implicitly endorsed the white-trash sentiment with his selection of Joan. If this was the beginning of his undoing, that would be glorious.
My favorite line (when Annie admitted to saying unflattering things about Joan, long after being compared to Hitler):
Annie: Sometimes a girl reaches her breaking-point…
Joan (indignant): You’re not a girl, you’re a woman!
Annie: Too bad you’re not, you old drag-queen.
OK, that wasn’t Annie’s response, but it was in my mind. That would have been awesome.
So my conclusion is that Trump picked Joan because he’s afraid of her. And that’s just pathetic. Only marginally less pathetic than the fact that I care.