This week of The Celebrity Apprentice could be viewed as a throw away episode because nothing really new or significant happened with any of the characters expect for one women. However, this is one very important woman. Thus far the entire show has revolved around one simple, yet painstakingly tricky task for the producers: They have to get rid of Dayana without destroying the image of the Miss USA/Miss Universe brand, which incidentally Donald Trump owns.
Here’s the larger problem. The integrity of the entire Apprentice franchise depends on showing the audience that competent, smart, deserving people advance, while incompetent, slower and less savvy people get fired. Dayana was brought back to the boardroom seven times. That’s the most boardroom slams in Apprentice history. Every single person she worked with described her as “annoying, useless, disastrous and stupid.” Dayana was fired and it wasn’t nearly fast enough, but I’m sure her demise came without lots of private discussion about how to make her look partially intelligent or sane. Unfortunately for her, she still came off as batshit stupid.
On the upside, now Dayana can go back to being the beautiful, yet vacant face of an organization that showcases bombshell bodies that play host to empty seashell-esque brains. I’m pretty sure if you hold Dayana up to your ear and listen carefully, you can hear the sound of the ocean.
Obviously Donald Trump values beauty, but from personal experience on The Apprentice I know he also respects brains, so I’m surprised so many vapid women end up associated with his pageants. Maybe some pageant winners will be offended by my comments, but that would make them completely fucking delusional. I’m sure some pageant winners are smart, but rather than speculate about the barometer used for gauging contestants’ intelligence, I offer you this video:
Caitlin Upton is the kind of woman who wins a title at the state level of the Miss America contest and Dayana Mendoza is the type of dolt who wins Miss Universe, so you have to wonder about the standards associated with these competitions. There are plenty of gorgeous women with brains to match their beauty. I’m waiting for those women to represent our country, let alone the entire universe.
Think about it. Dayana is MISS UNIVERSE. She was chosen as a representation of the most ideal woman in our whole solar system. Soak that in.
Does this mean we still only judge women by their physical attributes? If the most ideal woman in the universe is stunning on the outside, yet a total dud on the inside, that doesn’t f
are well for the standards we use to choose who represents all of womankind.
Some people will say “Who cares? It’s just a beauty contest.” The problem is these women don’t see it simply as a beauty contest. They see it as validation and accomplishment beyond its original intended meaning. They think winning these titles means they are automatically rendered smart, as if the crown comes with a brilliant new brain attached to the bottom.
Historically, beauty pageants have been perceived to be just about looks. Now they’re marketed to the public – and the participants – as much more. Miss America and Miss Universe winners are advertised to the world as the ultimate representation of a well rounded, complete woman. They try to sell us on the idea that the girl’s intelligence quotient is measured and scrutinized as much as her body. That’s why they have contestants answer bullshitty topical questions in the “interview” portion of the show. Ironically this does more damage to their credibility, as so many of the contestants give shallow, rehearsed, inauthentic responses.
Instead they might want to consider running the contestants in circles around the floor of Madison Square Garden, along with a Westminster handler. At least we don’t have to lie about the standards for that competition.
Anyway, back to the Apprentice.
Clearly misinformation about what it means to win a crown got to one of these chick’s heads, because now we have Dayana running around Manhattan, complaining that 17 other accomplished, intelligent people are somehow marginalizing her and totally underutilizing her skills, when it’s clear to everyone watching that she doesn’t have any of these imagined skills. Is this the result of an overinflated ego, or is she just plain out of her mind?
Women like Dayana need to know that there’s nothing wrong with simply being beautiful. What’s wrong with just being pretty? Why does she also need to be regarded as intelligent? Not everyone is meant to be taken seriously as an intellectual, the same way not everyone is meant to be awarded for being attractive. There are many people who are both smart and sexy, but not every person on planet earth has to pretend to be both if they are not both.
Some people are smart. Some people are pretty. Some people are smart and pretty. Some people are a variety of both. Sane people know the difference. From this season of The Celebrity Apprentice, we learn few people on the show are actually sane, but we already knew that because after all, this is reality television. We wouldn’t have it any other way.