Thursday, April 06, 2006

Lee now has to be better than everyone else

Earlier this week, Q104.3 radio show host Jim Kerr chatted on the air with Donald Trump. Much of their discussion focused on Lee Bienstock, who, in Trumps words, has "taken two shows off... gotten two passes because of a religious holiday... essentially he's had 23% of the show off."

As the remaining Orthodox Apprentice candidate, Lee has missed tasks on The Apprentice for Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur.

Jim argued that "the real world is on Yom Kippur you're not going to be working if you're Jewish... employment discrimination based on religion violates Federal law... violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964." Trump joked that he'd get the electric chair for such violations.

Then Trump said, "That would have been very courageous to have fired Lee for taking religious holidays... There were many, many... contestants that felt I should do that."

When asked why a task was scheduled for Yom Kippur, Mr. Trump explained that a crew of 500 shoots every day for a period of six weeks, without taking a day off.

Jim's co-host Shelli Sonstein told Trump that she takes off for Yom Kippur and doesn't get fired for it.

Jim Kerr suggested that Lee needs to compensate in other ways for his absence. Similarly, Trump responded, "Maybe [Lee's] gonna have to work harder. Would you say that would be fair? If I set a standard where Lee now has to be better than everyone else."

5 Comments:

At 4/07/2006 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

* Jim Kerr suggested that Lee needs to compensate in other ways for his absence. Similarly, Trump responded, "Maybe [Lee's] gonna have to work harder. Would you say that would be fair? If I set a standard where Lee now has to be better than everyone else." *

BINGO! Most Orthodox Jews do try to work harder and compensate in other ways to make up for absences on holidays and early fridays. I know plenty of us who work weekends and late nights to stay ahead of the work around holiday time.

Lee needs to step it up and work much harder when he's not taking off. He needs to make himself so valuable that his teammates need to keep him around even if he doesnt have a perfect attendance record. Unfortunately we haveny really seen him do that yet.

 
At 4/08/2006 8:56 PM, Anonymous Scott said...

The problem is the competition is not set up the way real life is. While many ortho's come in on motzei shabbos, sunday, or stay later in the office to make up for lost yom tov time, Lee is competing in a confined six week window during which time everyone is expected to work every waking hour if necessary.

I think it will be hard for young Lee with his limited work and life experiences to bring that something extra to the table. Being young and inexperienced has always been a liability on the apprentice and this season should be no different, and that will probably be Lee's downfall.

 
At 4/09/2006 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to see whether Schumer's Jewishness plays a role in tomorrow's episodes.

 
At 4/12/2006 3:47 PM, Blogger Mike Barer said...

All readers should post a www.theapprenticeblog.com There is overwhelming anger over the holiday thing. I posted but I am all alone. Good Pesach!

 
At 4/18/2006 6:00 PM, Anonymous lillie said...

mike ur Jewish?
kool!!!

 

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