The Apprentice, Donald Trump's corporate-themed reality show, has never enjoyed a good track record with blacks and shares less even less enthusiasm among the gays. To add insult to injury, in the first two episodes of Season 6, Trump fired two black candidates back-to-back—the second being one of two openly gays, Carey Sherrell.
Carey's dismissal happened "under what some have felt were slightly homophobic circumstances," writes After Elton in the first post-show interview with the former apprentice:
AfterElton: Sunday night's episode really seemed to focus on the gay aspects: you're being gay, the suit being gay, the market for gay swimsuits. We're you surprised when Trump came right out and asked if you were gay?
Carey Sherrell: Yeah, I was completely surprised. I didn't know what that had to do with the task or what it had to do with business. What does it have to do with anything? It's like asking somebody, Are you a smoker? Why is that relevant to what we're doing right now?
Much of the drama in the boardroom centered around Carey's decision to model a pair of hot pink square-cut shorts which he filled out quite nicely.
AE: Trump wouldn't even touch the swimsuit, instead picking it up with a pen and looking disgusted. Did you feel there was any homophobia involved in your firing?
CS: It's hard to say. My problem with the show at this point is that they neglected to give you a lot of information. They needed to let you guys see who Trina Turk really is, the fact that she has this crazy, high-end boutique with a unique style. Trina Turk's stuff is wild, but it's fresh and it's cool. There's this section [of the show] that you just don't see where we're talking to her, and we ask her assistant who are your buyers, what are they like, where are your stores located? And they indicate that they have a store in Palm Springs , and at the Palm Springs store, 50 percent of their main consumers were gay. So it made perfect sense to us to design a bathing suit that would sell in her store that would be inclusive of all the consumers that would shop at her store.
Carey Sherrell never made his sexuality an issue during the show, but his MySpace page cleared up any questions regarding which team he played for.
Finally, here is a pleasant post-script. Carey plans to design and market bathing suits like the one that Trump used as an excuse to fire him. He told TV Guide, “We are going head-to-head with Trump by showing him that there is a marketplace for that ‘loser bathing suit,’ as he called it. We’re designing some suits right now." The company is called BlueMotionSquared.com. You go, boy.
Thanks to Laterrean Baldwin for screen caps!
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