Donald Trump Uncle Tom remark addressed by Lil Jon
Lil Jon released a statement on Friday night to address allegations Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called the rapper an “Uncle Tom” during production on season 13 of The Apprentice.
“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 on Twitter. “I can’t say if he knew what he was actually saying or not but he did stop using that term once we explained it’s [sic] offensiveness.”
The rapper 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.”
On Friday, the Daily Beast published a report alleging Trump called Lil Jon an “Uncle Tom” when he saw him dressed as Uncle Sam as part of a segment on the show.
“We kept trying to explain to [Trump] that that’s not a word you can use, that it’s offensive,” an Apprentice employee told the Daily Beast. In response to the claims, Trump campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks told the Daily Beast its report was “simply untrue.”
This is the latest controversy around Trump’s time on The Apprentice. On Thursday, it was reported Trump allegedly mocked Marlee Matlin for being Deaf by calling her “retarded”; on Friday, a former Apprentice contestant came forward to claim Trump tried to kiss and grope her without consent (Trump has denied those accusations).