Bradford denies leading racist chant; Stacie says sanity question is “insulting.”

Bradford denies leading racist chant; Stacie says sanity question is “insulting.”
Bradford Cohen was fired from The Apprentice 2 for giving up his immunity. When he was younger, Bradford “was suspended from his Massachusetts high school in 1996 for leading the crowd at a basketball game in a racist cheer,” according to yesterday’s Page Six. The gossip page’s source explains: “Bradford’s high school, Longmeadow, was all-white. Longmeadow was playing their rival, Commerce High, which was 70 percent black. Longmeadow was losing horribly to Commerce, so Bradford decided to keep Longmeadow’s morale up by leading everyone in a cheer that said, ‘It’s all right, it’s OK, you’re gonna work for us one day!’ It didn’t go over well. He got suspended.” In today’s Page Six, however, Bradford says he was at the game but wasn’t involved: “My friends and I were disgusted and left when the cheer started.” A classmate adds, “It had nothing to do with race, nor was Longmeadow High all white.” Meanwhile, TV Guide asks Stacie J. the question: whether or not she has “a history of mental illness?” Stacie’s reply: “I can’t believe you’re asking me this. It’s insulting, honestly. It’s absolutely insulting.” She also says that, with the Magic 8 Ball, “I was trying to motivate my team.”
+ also: columnist: firing Bradford and Stacie J. shows that, for Trump, “drama comes first.”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.