Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!

Donald Trump is a genius. I’ve been rolling my eyes ever since Rosie O’Donnell and The Donald started verbally clawing each other’s eyes out over which one of them was more of a loser. It’s a toss up, of course. Rosie used to be called “The Queen of Nice” when she was hosting her own show and running her own magazine and now she’s about as cuddly as a cactus. The Donald has made, lost and made hundreds of millions and is the most relentless self-promoters since P.T. Barnum.

Which made me realize what he was up to. The feud was nominally about Miss USA not losing her crown over some hard-partying. Rosie called him a “snake-oil salesman,” said he’s gone bankrupt and continued on with one of her charming impressions. The Donald fired back, calling her a “loser” and a “bully” among other things. The upshot of this pointless bickering was ratings for The View have spiked and every article chronicling the he said/she said comb-over pulling has referenced the new season of The Apprentice. And there it was – a healthy helping of free publicity.

Entertainment feuds have a long history – from Ernest Hemingway vs. Gertrude Stein, to Jon Stewart vs. Tucker Carlson to Notorious B.I.G. vs Tupac Shakur. This one isn’t quite as entertaining (or violent for that matter) but at least there is one upside – you can lay a beating on one of them as either Rosie or the Donald. Use his “killer comb-over” move or Rosie’s patented tongue lashing. I played as Trump and had my ass handed to me.

As for The Apprentice, the biggest change is that it is in L.A. this year, which doesn’t have the same sort of business go-go as New York. Too many shots of sun and surf instead of harried, stressed-out New Yorkers. I must admit, they get some powerhouse contestants. Is the lure of reality TV so strong that it draws such successful business people, lawyers and academics? Oh, right, silly question.


  1. It's too bad it's not more violent. How cool a story would it be if Rosie got nailed in a drive-by?

  2. Woohoo! I've just spent the last 10 minutes kicking Rosie's ass with Donald's hair. Nice!

  3. Violence in a game Mr. Fab? I've never heard of such a thing.

    Marina, I'm glad someone was able to control that unruly hair.

  4. the feud just proves further how unclassy Trump is. I watch the apprentice and you are right it's lacking that NY working sense of urgency. They even have a swimming pool for crying out loud. However, since the show moved out to LA from NYC at the same time I did, i can't help but like that and being able to see "local" stuff.

  5. I did like that they made the losers sleep outside in a tent. but the woman who described it as "third world" - on the grounds of a masion, running water, cots - needs some perspective in her life.