'The Celebrity Apprentice': Who else treasured the men's concept?

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I have an extremely embarrassing confession to make (no, not that I find sunscreen sexual, Gary Busey): I actually liked the men’s Australian Gold pirate idea on last night’s Celebrity Apprentice. Yes, that’s right, I thought a concept dreamed up by Mark McGrath — the former Sugar Ray frontman who decided covering “Abracadabra” was a good idea — was a knock-out. (This is why I tag this post “Things That Make Me Die Inside.”)

Seriously, excluding the koala and Gary Busey debacles — by the way, I can’t believe those words are part of an actual sentence — someone tell me why the women should have won the Australian Gold challenge over the men.The dudes generated buzz, created a smart slogan and jingle, and, most importantly, played pirates. This is the 2000s, Australian Gold, the century that has brought us the mega-blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. If we’ve learned anything since 2003, it’s that pirates sell just as well as Hope Dworaczyk’s boobs.

Sure, Australian Gold might argue: What do pirates have to do with sunscreen? Well, what does a petrifying clown have to do with fast food? A stuffed bunny with batteries? Heck, an Australian koala with suntan lotion? At least the pirate is a species that would benefit from some sunscreen usage, with all their days at sea. And again, pirates, Australian Gold! They’re why we dig Captain Morgan. They’re why we had a soft spot for Free Credit Report’s singing mateys. And they’re why we can’t help but turn away while watching this IO Digital Cable commercial, no matter how terrible it is.

Sheesh, at least the men thought of something better than Latoya Jackson’s beach and (M. Night twist!) snow bore. Am I alone? Embarrassing myself? Arggh!

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  • Jason

    The women won because Australian Gold just wanted to be featured on National TV and didn’t actually want anyone to be creative. Latoya literally looked at what they have done in the past, copied it (without even using the Playmate of the Year as a model), and added snow. I don’t know where Latoya and the Australian Gold execs come from, but in Canada, I’ve never heard of anyone wearing sunscreen to go skiing, generally they have all exposed skin covered…

    • jennifer

      First of all I like Latoyas idea especially being that she had no creative help from her team. But when they were managers they all gave each other input. I think her idea was very creative. Who would have ever thought of combining a beach scene with a snow scene…nobody but a creative Jackson. And her dumb ass teammates didn’t even know that you need sun screen in snow! I think alot of you wouldn’t admit it if you did like Latoyas idea. Why….she’s a Jackson

      • chip c.llb@hotmail.com

        I agree. La Toya is still there where so many others are gone. She’s strategic! Go girl!And just what has the “model” contributed. she’s just quiet and in the background.

  • wizard62

    I think Don Jr. got it right when he asked Mark McGrath if perhaps Gary’s abduction of the client when they arrived may have tainted their decision about the whole concept. Gary Busey hijacking me into a corner would freak me out and not get a good review from me either. Therefore, Mark should not have taken the blame. The loss of the tast is directly Gary’s fault, hands down. Gary should have been fired. Period.

    • wizard62

      sorry, “task”

    • caryn c

      agree – even though they thought it was the concept, I think Gary being weird soured them on the men’s presentation

    • Wendy

      Totally agree…the executives were “put-off” by Gary’s comments and hold them “hostage”. Plain and simple Gary should have been fired!

    • ann wrong

      your wrong trump did the right thing not lisning to his brats gary did a great job bottem line trump did the right thing he came up with the concept it failed your fired

      • MM

        Trump is not consistant. He did fire David because he failed in his task. He fired David Cassidy, because he didn’t fight back hard in the boardroom. Trump is sometimes two-faced.

  • Anne

    All I know, is the fat short-haired woman with the big mouth is the most obnoxious person to ever be on the Apprentice. I don’t care for the hearing-impaired woman either. When she was the project manager, she wanted Latoya to step up; she seemed anxious to get rid of her. By donating Michael’s shirt, they were able to win. I never heard the project manager give Latoya one ounce of credit for that win. Between her and the loudmouth, can they stoop any lower. Wish they would both disappear. And the loud-mouth fat one tells Latoya she’s old and gets by on her name. And that fat lard one’s claim to fame is what?????

    • katbunny

      Nene is right, LaToya’s fame is the ‘Jackson’s’ name!

      • Sandra

        And what is NeNe’s claim to fame? LaToya worked hard and it’s true; her team did not support her. Whether they liked her or not, they were still supposed to work together. I think they showed how backstabbing they could be.They were not nice at all, and THEY WON! That says something. I think LaToya made some wrong decisions simply because she was so “under the gu” with her team. They weren’t there to prove her wrong or inadequate, they were there to work as a team. They are aweful to her. NeNe needs to shut up – period.

      • chip c.llb@hotmail.com

        True, so is that true for the Trump kids. Will Ne Ne say that to them or to the Rockefellers, or DuPonts or Hiltons? She’s just jealous she has no family she can be proud of.

      • jennifer

        the deaf lady won an award uhhhmmm say 20 years ago…who is she compared to latoya. She’s pathetic

    • sandy

      Gee Anne, tell us how you really feel?!?! But tell us AFTER you get your facts straight. the ‘hearing-impaired woman’, as you call her, brought in the bulk of the money. And as for La Toya, she brought in her name…err sorry…her brother’s name. Dat’s it. Dat’s all.

      • jennifer

        The deaf lady is a bully…she’s rude and uhhh who the he’ll is she. she won an academy award what two decades ago….she’s nobody compared to latoya jackson.

    • TONI

      THANK YOU. I FULLY AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENTS. LATOYA HAS DONE FAR BETTER THAN EITHER MARLEY OR NENE;IF YOU RECALL IN THE FIRST SEGMENT THE CLIENT NOTED THAT LATOYA KNEW HIS PRODUCT BETTER THAN THOSE THAT HE PAYS TO DELIVER HIS MESSAGE. THE ARTIST THOUGHT LATOYA’S HAT WAS THE BEST DESIGNED AND THEN, EVEN THOUGH YOU COULD TELL SHE DID NOT WANT TO GIVE UP HER BROTHER’S SHIRT SHE DID IT FOR THE TEAM AND IT SOLD FOR A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT HELPED MARLEY WHO DID NOT SEEM TO HAVE A CLUE AS TO WHAT SHE WAS GOING TO DO. LATOYA WAS NEVER CREDITED FOR COMING UP WITH THE SHIRT. SHE IS SMARTER THAN THEY GIVE HER CREDIT BECAUSE SHE KNOWS THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO GET RID OF HER. NENE HAD THE NERVE TO SAY THAT LATOYA IS THERE BECAUSE OF HER NAME, BUT IF YOU RECALL, MARLEY ASKED HER TO GET SOMETHING FOR THEM TO SELL FROM HER FAMILY. SO ONE WEEK IT IS OKAY TO USE HER NAME BUT WHEN IT BENEFITS LATOYA, NENE FINDS SOMETHING WRONG WITH IT. BOTH NENE AND MARLEY ARE BULLIES AND MARLEY USES HER DISABILITY TO BULLY PEOPLE BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO DISPUTE SOMEONE WITH A DISABILITY. NO ONE KNOWS WHO NENE IS OTHER THAN SOMEONE WHO IS OBVIOUSLY JEALOUS OF LATOYA. NENE AND MARLEY ARE TWO RUTHLESS WOMEN.

      • jennifer

        Toni….girl you hit the nail on the head! Who is nene?! And who the hell is the def girl!? She won an aacademy award decades ago. She is nobody! And nene is straight TRASH….

    • jennifer

      Anne…preach! My thoughts exactly! Nene made a fool of herself by saying that Latoya is riding off of her last name. Who isn’t using their name if they have one to ride off of. Why do you think Donalds children are part of the apprentice! Hello……her fat ass is a wannabe. And I agree marlee needs to disapear. I think they are jealous of who Latoya is. Point blank!

  • Buffy Freak

    I thought the idea was pretty good but the execution was bad. The pirates should have been more light-hearted…they cam eoff as “mean” pirates instead of comical ones…

  • Blubberbutt

    LaToya did not deserve to be treated the way she was. Calling her Casper crossed the line. I love NeNe but she should go after Star Jones he needs his butt kicked. Gary Bussey rocks..

    • katbunny

      LaToya is a snake! She was the worst project manager deserved all of what Nene gave her. Nene was right to say LaToya’s claim to fame is the “Jackson’s” name!

      • winston robertson

        could you prove that, if you can’t shut the F@#k up ok

      • nan

        LaToya is a snake? Are you serious? What has she done to harm anyone else on that show? NeNe says NOTHING positive about anyone. EVER She is a mean abusive woman with a huge chip on her shoulder. She is in desparate need of mental help.

      • cynos

        There is no denying that her name has helped her. Michael and Janet are obviously far more successful and better known than she. The T-shirt she came up with was a direct tie to Michael. That said, she is quite successful in her own right. Wikipedia lists her occupation as: Singer–songwriter, musician, actress, model, author, television personality, businesswoman. Some of her songs were hits and she has been in Playboy too.

    • katbunny

      Nene should go after anyone who deserves it!

      • jennifer

        Correction Cynos….latoya not only was in playboy….she had over 8 million copies sold. One of the highest in playboys history! Let’s get it straight. And of course latoyas name has helped her. So has the Hiltons…the trumps…the sheens and the list goes on. Anyone who makes a comment like that is an idiot.

      • larry

        your posts are idiotic

  • Yo

    Well, I have worn sun screen to ski, but that does not make Latoya’s concept any more a………concept. I thought the men were better, but the CEO of the company was brain dead and it showed. I’m glad I don’t work for his real advertising agency.

  • TH Knight

    Has anyone noticed that when the team leader takes “full responsibility” wether or not the team did good or bad,….that they always get fired. Last night Gary Busey should have been fired hands down….concept or not, you got a weak link veering off from the project focus? Just wait till Busey pulls everyone down next week. Unfair that Mark McGrath got canned over Busey.

    • katy

      All three of the Trumps tried valiantly to give McGrath an out, but he wasn’t able to talk his way out of his initial statement. For that reason, he deserved to go.

      • Spidey

        Katy- exactly. They were practically feeding McGrath his lines in an attempt to help him talk his way into staying. Frankly, I don’t think he was bright enough to figure it out on the fly.

  • pjcrazysmart

    I think Trump will keep Gary on as long as possible because it will help the ratings. I would like to see Star Jones fired since she usually says “I told them not to do that!” to keep herself safe. I think NeNe should be fired for how she treated Latoya after the boardroom. I think NeNe really likes to be the center of the action no matter how it hurts someone else.

  • Rose

    I blame The Donald for caring more about ratings than showing good firing judgment. Busey should have been fired, and Mark kept on. I do agree NeNe was acting like a bully against Latoya.

  • The Truth

    The truth of the matter is that the show does not want to get rid of Gary until he has had a shot at Project Manager. They are going for the ratings behind that episode. As for NeNe, she crossed the line calling LaToya Casper. That is hard to hear coming from a Behemoth, Amazon size Ogre.

    • katbunny

      LaToya acts snooky. She does remind me of ‘casper’… LOL

      • larry

        and you remind me of an idiot

    • cynos

      Gary has been project manager already. The boys won.

    • yomamma

      @ The Truth. Gary was a project manager for the Camping World episode.

  • Pat

    Oh my gosh! Star Jones and who ever NeNe is should be ashamed to even show their faces! Team? What Team, they don’t have a clue what the meaning for the word is. And Nene should be fired for being so nasty and disgusting! The guys did a great job if they would have had the chance to present their ideas! At least they tried to be a TEAM! LaToya is a LADY, her family should be so very proud of her! We are!!!!

    • katbunny

      LaToya is a lady. NOT!
      This is the same scrap that lied on her father while trying to get attention. LaToya lied by saying her father molested her. Does anyone remember that???

      • Pat

        If LaToya is not a “Lady” then what in the world is NeNe and Star? Certainly not Ladies in any sense of the word! They are disgusting and back stabbers! At least LaToya is calm, quiet and does what she is told. The rest are just a “Joke”.

      • jennifer

        Dumb ass latoya was in a very abusive relationship where her husband beat her into that. Michael never held anything against her. Do you remember that!

    • katbunny

      Without Star Jones, Nene and Marley; the women team would not have a voice because LaToya and the others act like they do not have a spine! Go Star, Go Nene!

    • winston robertson

      i like that indeed

  • kara

    LaToya is a train wreck coming from a psycho family. She proves it with every action she takes. From her phony tears last week to her lame decisions this week.

    • winston robertson

      how the f@$k do u knw that, you’re a hater

      • cynos

        Somebody likes Latoya…

    • chip c.llb@hotmail.com

      Fact.La Toya won. FAct, Lastoya has won $65,000.00 for her charity all together and helped Marley win $100,000. for hers. Fact, Ne Ne, nothing.They are supposed to be there to help others and not showcase themselves. Ne Ne needs the attention. She’s a wannabe.

      • MM

        I can’t stay to look at that Hoodrat, no class, big mouth, butt ulgy NENE. I can see what she was in an abusive relation. I would beat her up too. She is a bully. She brings nothing to the table. Why do Donald Trump stoop so low to fine the worst hoodrat for his show. Is she Omarosa sister? They are cut from the same cloth. PUT TRASH. I can wait until she gets fired. I wish I could do it myself.

  • Al

    The woman from Australian Gold was really sun damaged. She is the wrong person to be representing a sunscreen product.

  • Carol

    I’ll assume Gary was no fired but Mark was. Here in Texas the weather man came on and kept repeating the same weather info over and over again. They never went back to the show. You know some people will do anything to get in front of a camera.

    • Rupert

      That drove me nuts! They cut off the last part to let us know it was going to rain in a few hours. Wow – in Texas in April – color me shocked. I had to go watch the end online and ran into spoilers while looking for the video. Sigh.

      The mens concept was terrific. They should have put stuffed koalas on their shoulders like parrots and they would have everything tie-in.

      • Kimber

        I thought of the Koala/parrot idea too!! Would have been great. I really thought the men should have won. It was a fantastic idea!!

  • Actually

    Actually, I think Donald kept Busey so that the women’s team have a shot in future projects. So far, the women have shown zero creativity. If Busey’s gone, the women have no chance! It is a joke that the women won this week.

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