Monday, November 15, 2010
Donald Trump disappointed me in a big way. His attempt to 'Out' one of the contestants on his show "The Apprentice" created another negative image of Gay men in general and he should be ashamed of himself for doing so.
During the 'boardroom' meeting portion of the episode which aired November 4, 2010 Mr. Trump listened as
Anand Vasudev (a 31 year old unemployed entreprenuer and former real estate broker)
suggested David Johnson (a 34 year old unemployed accounts manager and father of 5)
had shown signs of a 'Man Crush' for a model their team had used for a photo shoot during the competition. He repeatedly suggested David himself was 'Gay' which solicited snickering and laughter from everyone on camera.
Mr. Trump pointedly turned to David and asked him if he was Gay and if he wanted to 'Come Out' then and there on the show. David, of course, denied the accusations and reminded everyone he was the father of 5 children to which Mr. Trump and others said 'that means nothing these days'. Donald Jr. even said 'That's so Gay' during the meeting.
I was appalled by this. This is the atmosphere that Gay men must compete in for jobs in America. The prejudice and hostility that was shown during this episode of The Apprentice was shocking. If Cyndi Lauper had been at the meeting I'm certain she would have challenged everyone for mocking Gay people and for snickering at the idea that David might be Gay. Cyndi Lauper was one of the celebrities involved in last seasons 'Celebrity Apprentice' and was claimed as a 'close' friend by Mr. Trump. I wonder if she saw this episode and how she reacted?
I really thought highly of Donald Trump prior to this public statement of his homophobic attitude. I have been a fan of his for decades. His appearnces on TV have always drawn my attention. I have never seen him ridicule and belittle someone about their sexuality before. I may have missed the signs of his prejudice before but I'm well aware of them now.
I would like to call for him to apologize for this behavior. I would like for him to state publicly his support for the Gay Community and for the end of DADT. I want him to help us achieve equality under the law and freedom from discrimintation.
If you agree with me please join me in posting a protest of this 'branding' of a suspected homosexual at: http://www.nbc.com/the-apprentice/in-the-boardroom/2010/11/week-8/
I posted a protest at that address under the name JL2
Posted by Gideon at 12:51 AM