So I haven’t posted since I got into university, which sucks, but I just have to say this right now because it’s in my head and it’s irritating me so much. Last Wednesday was the penultimate Apprentice episode, which anyone who knows me will know is something I get very vociferous over.
Anyway, incase you missed it (and/or don’t watch it but for some reason continue to read this pointless blog post) out of the five remaining candidates, the two that proceeded to the final were Bianca Miller and Mark Wright.
I’d also like to point out, before we get into the main argument in regards to the title of this blog, how irritated I am at the way that Ricky Martin (winner of the Apprentice a couple of years ago) had the nerve to say to Roisin, “Lord Sugar isn’t looking for an accountant, he’s looking for a businessman.” Like excuse you, Mr. Martin, but the last winner of the apprentice (who had a far better plan than you did, and also who won more tasks than you) is in fact a Medical Doctor, who proved to be an amazing businesswoman – you don’t need a degree or sparkly little “I’m a businessman” certificate to show that you have business acumen, I’m going to need you to sit down or get out, and bring back Margaret Mountford (or as I like to put it, a competent interviewer and businesswoman).
Now that’s over, here are the reasons why Bianca Miller needs to win this year’s Apprentice. Firstly, am I the only one getting tired of hearing Mark Wright’s voice? I mean, we all know what he’s going to say when he opens his mouth – either he’s going to praise himself, insult Daniel, or make another misogynistic comment/joke at the expense of one of the girls. Pleasingly, as he displayed in Week 10, there’s a possibility of him opening his mouth and no words coming out (I hope that happens in the final, that would be so good). Anyway, I feel like Bianca is so much more professional than he is, she isn’t about the bullshit, she says it as it is (much to the dismay of quintessential ‘alpha-male’ types such as James and Sanjay) – which is seen as a character flaw in her.
This brings me to my next point. I will fight anyone who says Mark is a better person than Bianca. Mark has a shitty personality. He’s the best salesman I’ve seen in the process, and he knows what he’s talking about – but he’s just such an awful person, I feel myself getting angry every time I see him on screen. However, according to this article from the Mirror, portrays Mark less negatively than Bianca.
Bianca is described in the article by former contestant Sanjay as playing “a negative game” and picking “on other people’s flaws”. Well, I’m sorry Sanjay, I didn’t realise a reality competitive TV show would result in flaws being picked out. And let’s not go into the unsubstantiated “negative game” comment. The Article goes on to say that Bianca offered “the most withering put-down of the series” just by suggesting (not even explicitly) calling James a fool. Which is ridiculous, considering all the disgusting and awful things that have been said between Mark and Daniel, and Mark and anyone to be quite honest, I just found this article ridiculous. It continues to portray Mark as one of God’s gifts to business, and here are some of the ways Mark is described:
- “Like all good apprentices, Wright is not short of confidence”
- “The Apprentice alpha male”
- ” has made quite the impression on viewers”
It just infuriates me – Bianca bursts out one time to James (who is an idiot, period.) And suddenly she’s the Lilith-bitch-demon-queen of the series, whereas Mark’s petty drama with Daniel clogs up 75% of the series and suddenly he’s the supreme apprentice shoo-in. It makes me sick.
But let’s talk about business plans. Bianca has actually found a gap in the market – something that consumers need and are willing to pay money for. Her coloured hosiery plan intends on manufacturing nude-coloured hosiery that women of colour can wear and buy from retailers. Now most men and white women won’t understand the necessity of this, or how desperate a market this is but I really believe she’s on to something. Mark on the other hand is taking something that he’s done well working for someone in and starting over for himself, which I get. But I feel like the whole point of the Apprentice is to bring a new and unique business idea to Lord Sugar, not merely a regurgitation of what you’ve been doing for your whole career.
Also, I feel like out of the existing pool of winners we’ve had enough cocky white-male types. In fact, out of the nine winners so far only one was black, and he was back in season 1.
I feel like if Bianca won, it’s a really important example of how you can be a successful businesswoman of colour in today’s age because both are hugely underrepresented in media, and young people need to see these figures in mainstream media.
The apprentice final is at 9PM tonight on BBC1, so we’ll find out who wins tonight! Until next time –