Allegations have been made by staffers of “The Celebrity Apprentice” that then-star Donald Trump repeatedly referred to contestant Lil Jon as “Uncle Tom”, and the rapper is now coming forward to confirm those claims.
According to a report in The Daily Beast, Trump used the racial epithet “Uncle Tom” to describe Lil Jon when he saw him dressed as Uncle Sam for a bit on the show.
“We kept trying to explain to [Trump] that that’s not a word you can use, that it’s offensive,” the ‘Apprentice’ staffers claimed, which led Trump campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks to characterize the allegation as “simply untrue.”
However, Lil Jon confirms that it did indeed happen, but points out that once it was explained to Trump that the term was offensive he stopped saying it.
“When this ‘Uncle Tom’ incident happened on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ in the boardroom several of my cast mates and I addressed Mr. Trump immediately when we heard the comment,” Lil Jon wrote in a Twitter post. “I can’t say if he knew what he was actually saying or not but he did stop using that term once we explained its offensiveness.”
He added: “I also want to be clear that I don’t agree with many of the statements Mr. Trump has said during his current run for President.”