Celebrity Apprentice

?? - posted on 04/26/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

4,974

0

172

I watch the show every sunday and waste 2 hrs of my life with the dramatics but it really does come down to seeing what charities they are playing for, for me. I always get teary eyed at the end when the winner is announced and they show the celebrity explaining what charity they're playing for and why it means something to them.



Bret Michaels won 100k for his charity for diabetes the first episode. Holly Robinson Pete won almost 350k for her charity for autism last night and I was teared up with her when she explained why she was playing for that charity. There have been a lot of very generous donations and worthy charities recieving the money from all of the seasons of Celebrity Apprentice I've seen.



That being said... Holly Robinson Pete said last night that in the average year she raises about half a mill for her charity on her own. And it makes me wonder... why do these celebrities need shows like Celebrity Apprentice to motivate them to fundraise to the point of 350k being raised for a charity? They obviously have the numbers and connections to the people with the big bucks. Why don't they get together all the time and cash in on those connections...



Do you think celebrities do enough with their celebrity to help worthy causes? Do you think shows like Celebrity Apprentice undermine the whole 'charity' aspect? 350k is an impressive amount of money to raise only 24 hours. If they can do that in 24 hours between 7 celebrities........... the possibilities just seem... endless to me.

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

This conversation has been closed to further comments

13 Comments

View replies by

?? - posted on 04/27/2010

4,974

0

172

When I saw Tattoo Tony on the show I was like "Heyyyyy Jenn knows that guyyyyy" and Dev, his mom & dad all looked at me like "You're an idiot... shhh you're making us miss parts of the show!" He really does seem like a good guy, that eye liner has magical powers ! Plus, I've loved Poison since I can remember... I hope he'll be ok.







As for the donating while on TV... I don't know... there's only a few names mentioned. The BIG donors, the one guy that donated to Holly, his name was mentioned a couple times. The WWE, Vince McMahon & John Cena had their names mentioned a couple times too for the collective $$ that they donated to Sharon. There were a couple names mentioned during the tasks but in all reality, any 'name publicity' that they get is very minimal. In a 2 hour show, their name being said once, and quietly at that... you see more product placement -- apple, coke, pepsi, kodak -- than anything else.



Something that kind of bugged me is that the names of the charities aren't said more. They say "my charity" and they will randomly throw out the cause behind the charity but I can't think of Holly Robinson Pete's charity name for the life of me now because it was only said once or twice. Sharon's I don't think she even said the name of it. And I don't even know what Sharon's charity is for because while she was explaining it, Gabe was running and yelling like a lil boy, and then she didn't say anything again... so I kinda wish they would elaborate more about the charities.

Dana - posted on 04/27/2010

11,264

35

495

Jenn, I just saw your friend on the show last night (actually Sunday's show). I'm sure you and a lot of your friends are worried.

Jo, I just saw on the news that the show wrapped a few months ago.

Dana - posted on 04/27/2010

11,264

35

495

Yeah, he's around some skanky girls but he's still seems like a nice guy. ;)

Jodi - posted on 04/27/2010

3,562

36

3907

Guys, thank you for not ruining this for me - it isn't on until tomorrow night here :) I think we are up to date with you, just a couple of days behind. I also don't want to hear anything about Survivor, because we are a few days behind on that, or about American Idol, because we are a day behind with that :P Thank you!!!

I heard about Bret too. Nice guy? Hmmmm, I dunno - ever seen Rock of Love (is that what its called)? Sure, seems like a nice bloke, but I think he shares it around a bit with some real skanky girls ;) But there is something about him that comes across as a real charmer.

Anyway, to add to the actual debate, I think these celebrities mostly get involved in these programs to promote awareness, and also in the hope of raising money. By performing the tasks, the charities are getting a HUGE free awareness campaign, and the donations are a bonus. I am sure these celebs donate their time or their money all the time (because with charities, it isn't always about money), but this is the opportunity for the person donating the money to also get a bit of publicity, which is why they are more likely to donate when it is on TV.

Dana - posted on 04/26/2010

11,264

35

495

I'm pretty sure it's all done filming, I could be really wrong though. I did hear about Bret, they said he's talking but slurring and has blurred vision. That really sucks, he seems like a really nice guy.

?? - posted on 04/26/2010

4,974

0

172

Yea too bad it's not gonna last long

Did you hear about Bret Michaels? I heard he's in critical condition after suffering a severe brain hemmorrage (sp?). They're not disclosing his location, and I have no idea if Celebrity Apprentice is all done being filmed or not... so I don't know if he will be back or if they will do a lil 'explaination' bit at the beginning of next episode.

?? - posted on 04/26/2010

4,974

0

172

Holly Robinson Pete's oldest son has autism and she has 'earmarked this money for a specific treatment center that they are building in Los Angeles.'

350k to 1 treatment center... not that I think that isn't amazing, it just seems... very... restricting.

As far as awareness, I absolutely agree with everything that's been said regarding that. Awareness is good no matter what the cause or how it comes to be about.

Cyndi Lauper's charity is true colors. They're building a center for people in the LGBT community who have been kicked out of their house and rejected from their families, where they will be given food, shelter and acceptable. And the opportunity to be productive citizens without being out on the street. Her charity recieved $20k + the proceeds of the sales of certain songs of the 2 country stars they made over last episode. I'm not sure where exactly the center will be, I think NY, but it's 1 of many around the country that they are planning on opening.

The awareness of that charity, and the people sitting at home who are scared to come out of the closet to their families... they will be aware of this foundation now (I had heard of it before but I didn't know anything about them) if they weren't already aware before but now they can contact them and know that if their family rejects them... they will be welcomed by another family and given the support they need, that they otherwise wouldn't recieve.

As for who went home Dana, you'll have to watch cause I don't wanna ruin it :P

Dana - posted on 04/26/2010

11,264

35

495

I think some celebrities do enough, some don't. I personally would be consumed with charities if I had the money, of course when you're a celebrity, you don't always have the time. I think the show is good for charity. I think that the likelihood of making that much money in 24 hrs is generally slim. I'm sure a lot of people would like their face on T.V. or to look good in front of Donald Trump so they donate more than they normally would in another setting. It's also a great way for celebrities to pool all of their connections and raise a lot of money for something that normally wouldn't get so much money. I do seem to notice that this year it seems more for "their" charity rather than a charity they give to. I would be more apt to pick a charity that doesn't have the star power or as much backing. That's just me though...



Also, I haven't watched last night's episode yet, so I can conclude that Sharon, Brett and Maria lost. I hope it's Maria that went! She really has been freaking me out! Did you see her in the last episode, her obsession with Cyndi and the way she was eye balling the country singer during the photo shoot. Ugh....creepy Cyndi Lauper jealousy anyone???

Krista - posted on 04/26/2010

12,562

16

847

Part of it isn't just money, though -- it's awareness. Perhaps they feel that with the large viewership that these shows have, not only are they making their own donation, and potentially winning another donation, but they might help raise a lot of public visibility for their cause, resulting in many more potential donations and legislative support.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms