Sunday, February 19, 2012

Warp Speed ahead to Celebrity Apprentice

George Takai is featured on this season of Celebrity Apprentice.

I have to admit, that I simply do not like Donald Trump. I also don’t like the TV show, the Apprentice, either, because I feel that Trump is a male chauvinistic pig who endorses outdated stereotypes that males and females should play different roles in the workplace. I soldiered through the first season in 2004, gritting my teeth and biting my lip in anger over the obvious inequalities in his personal choices of winners and losers in each challenge. If I worked for him, he would undoubtedly dub me a witch.

However, this is Celebrity Apprentice, not the Apprentice and I’m pushing all of my feelings aside to watch the show this season. Why? It benefits charity causes rather than individuals. And this season, for the first time, it features famous people even I’ve actually heard of. And what awesome people they are!

Listed in no particular order:

George Takai (pronounced Teh-kay) — Perhaps the most well known of this season’s contestants is George Takai of Star Trek fame. Takai portrayed Lieutenant Sulu, the chief helmsman, piloting the gigantean Star Trek Enterprise throughout the galaxies, propelling the ship at full speed ahead, to warp 9. Takai is an avid publisher of jokes on Facebook, sharing hilarious cartoons, videos, and other humorous tidbits.
Charity: Japanese American National Museum

Debbie Gibson — Every girl wanted to be Debbie Gibson when I was a kid. She was a role model and idyllic teenager with a cute PG taste for fashion. Her songs still resonate within me, and I find myself humming along to “Lost in Your Eyes” in the drug store and reminiscing about old crushes when I hear “Only in My Dreams.”
Charity: Children International

Clay Aiken — Clay Aiken was the boy next door, crooning out a beautiful rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to earn 2nd place in Season 2 of American Idol.
Charity: National Inclusion Project

Cheryl Tiegs — I mostly know her for her pin up posters modeling swimsuits for Sports Illustrated and commercials where she peddled everything from Cover Girl makeup, Clairol hair color, cars, cigarettes, and her own clothing line at Sears. She currently sells a line of wigs and accessories through Revlon.
Charity: The Farrah Fawcett Foundation

Adam Carolla — What has Carolla not done? A guy with a packed resume, and a jack-of-all-trades, he’s currently an extremely hip and popular online DJ. He’s an avid car enthusiast, skilled carpenter, former boxing trainer, and real estate investor. On his online radio show, he is able to find humor in normally mundane everyday tasks, interviews top celebrities, and dissects the guts out of local Los Angeles politics.
Charity: Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters

Lou Ferigno — The Incredible Hulk! That big green guy who Bill Bixby turned into when he got angry. Yeah!
Charity: Muscular Dystrophy Association

Tia Carrera — A gorgeous actress who portrays beautiful intelligent women, I first watched her on General Hospital. She’s also been in movies, such as Wayne’s World and Lilo and Stitch.
Charity: After-School All-Stars

Arsenio Hall — Host of a fun TV show that never should have been cancelled. Arseniooooooo Hall! We want you back on late night!
Charity: Magic Johnson Foundation

Michael Andretti — Race car driver extraordinaire, he now owns his own team, Andretti Autosport. We love love love him here in central Florida where his team returns each year to participate in races in Daytona Beach.
Charity: Racing for Cancer

Penn Jillette — The speaking half of the famous magic act, Penn and Teller, I know him for his occasional drop in role as Drell on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Charity: Opportunity Village

Dee Snider — At first, I didn’t recognize this handsome elegant silver fox. Then I clicked on his bio… Oh! He was that guy? That guy in the makeup in Twisted Sister? Well, of course I’ve heard of him. Snider is the lead singer for that great band who is responsible for writing the angry teenage anthem, “We’re Not Gonna Take It!’”...anymore!
Charity: March of Dimes

Paul Teutul, Sr. — Another Central Florida icon, Paul Teutul is best known for his role on American Chopper which brought him and his camera crew to Bike Week in Daytona Beach. He may be rough around the edges, but he can be a real sweetheart.
Charity: Make-A-Wish Foundation

Aubrey O'Day — Broadway star and former member of the hip hop band, Danity Kane, earning one gold and two platinum records.
Charity: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Dayana Mendoza — Miss Universe 2008.
Charity: Latino Commission on AIDS

Lisa Lampanelli — Comedian.
Charity: Gay Men's Health Crisis

Patricia Velasquez — Latino Supermodel and actress, appearing in TV shows such as CSI Miami and films such as The Mummy.
Charity: The Wayuu Taya Foundation

Teresa Giudice — star of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
Charity: The NephCure Foundation

Victoria Gotti — Best selling author.
Charity: Association to Benefit Children

I am personally unfamiliar with the following celebrity contestants: Aubrey O’Day, Dayana Mendoza, Lisa Lampanelli, Patricia Velasquez, Teresa Giudice, and Victoria Gotti, but hope to get to know them as I watch the show each week.

I’ll be rooting for all of the contestants in hopes that their favorite charity will receive some much needed attention and funding. I appreciate the good work that Donald Trump is doing with this show, and hope there are positive outcomes for all involved.

The show airs tonight at 9 PM on NBC. (Channel 4 or 1020 on Brighthouse Cable here in Orlando).

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