'Celebrity Apprentice' special treatment has gas-deprived New Yorkers fuming
There is no gas shortage in New York City -- if your name is Donald Trump. This weekend, according to Gawker, a BP station in Yonkers was opened specifically for 18 "Celebrity Apprentice All Stars" vans and closed again after they filled up.
The fleet arrived to find that activity at the gas station had already attracted a long line of motorists (despite a sign reading "No Gas"). Yonkers police blocked the line's access to the station so the vans could pull in and help themselves.
Vans are traditionally used to shuttle "Celebrity Apprentice" cast members to and from the tasks featured on the show. According to a letter Gawker attributes to a member of the show's crew, this season, they are also transporting crew members with no other means of getting to work.
Television shows always receive special treatment from the cities in which they shoot. And although people complain when streets are cordoned off to facilitate sets and VIP parking, most accept this as a price to pay for the millions of dollars in tourism these shows help generate.
Yet rarely does an example of this preferential treatment put a television show so at odds with the community that hosts it. New York has been plunged into a state of emergency by Hurricane Sandy: Gas is needed to aid in cleanup and search efforts. And 18 "Celebrity Apprentice" crew members could have been paid to sit in seven-hour gas lines along with everyone else.
"Bodies are floating in NJ, old people are still stranded and hungry and cold, (and) people are bringing guns to gas stations," commented one Gawker reader. "Put a pause on the show and … help those (expletive) people."
Added another commenter: "Next time disaster strikes, I hope we send in only TV crews to assist those in peril. FEMA, first responders, and the National Guard can sit back and watch how it's done."
How do you feel about Donald Trump receiving this preferential treatment during a state of emergency?