I don't know if anyone on here watches the celebrity apprentice, I have to admit it became one of my guilty pleasures when Annie Duke was on there and I have found myself watching this season because I'm a huge Penn Jillette fan. Well last episode they had a fundraising task, one of my favorite types because I find it interesting how people who are millionaires and spend their lives surrounded by millionaires claim "I don't know anyone who is rich"..... really?!? You don't know anyone who can blow $5-$10k on a charity? If I was a celebrity of the stature some of the guest appearances have been I would be embarrassed to brag about giving $5000. It really is priceless comedy.
Anyway, Penn didn't bitch about not having rich friends he called in a few big donations, one of which was the Blue Man Group. The Blue Man Group, being The Blue Man Group does everything as a spectacle and when the actors are painted blue they are always in character. Being in character, they refuse to touch money, so someone came up with the brilliant idea of delivering $8000 in $10 bills inside of a few blue balloons and popping them in the middle of the crowd.
The result was rather predictable, a third of the people helped collect the money for the charity and the democrats... I mean the other 2/3rds of unknown political affiliation started shoving the money down their pants. It really was rather amusing, especially when Clay Aiken practically got in a wrestling match with a guy who appeared to be obviously homeless. Really Clay? You are worth how many millions and you are going to take $20 out of the hands of a homeless guy? I shall await the next great reality show- "The Ultimate Fighter: D-List Celebrities vs. Homeless Guys"
Anyway, Clay flipped out on Penn over how the money was delivered. He kept referring to it as "our money" and how it was "wasted" because the Blue Man Group decided to be the brilliant artists that they are. Penn basically said he didn't care- something to the effect that the money was meant for charity and if someone picked up that money and kept it, he considered that charity.
I side with Penn. It wasn't the teams money, it was the Blue Man Group's money and they can do whatever the heck they want with it. That they decided to give it in a way where only half of the money got to celebrity apprentice charity coffers and the other half goes to the audience, who cares? What do you think?
I think Clay owes the homeless guy a couple bottles of fortified wine.
It was morality that burned the books of the ancient sages, and morality that halted the free inquiry of the Golden Age and substituted for it the credulous imbecility of the Age of Faith. It was a fixed moral code and a fixed theology which robbed the human race of a thousand years by wasting them upon alchemy, heretic-burning, witchcraft and sacerdotalism.-H.L. Mencken