Don’t you have to be a “celebrity” to be on The Celebrity Apprentice? Why then did I just read that Rod Blagojevich will be one of the contestants on the new series starting in March? Granted, the definition of celebrity in the dictionary is “a famous or well-known person” and I suppose that Mr. Blagojevich qualifies as a well-known person but have we stopped caring about the reasons behind the fame?
I strongly believe that people are innocent until proven guilty and we will have to wait for the outcome of the trial in 2010 to fully judge Rod Blagojevich, but does being charged with a crime make him a celebrity? I understand that there is very little “real” in reality television and that they choose to use sensationalism to attract viewers and generate advertising profits, but I think that by including a public figure charged with multiple criminal offences, they are taking their standard use of sensationalism to a new low.