The most recent: Trump called Lil Jon an ‘Uncle Tom’ numerous times during the taping of one episode in Celebrity Apprentice Season 13, a source from the show told the Daily Beast.
Trump apparently continued to use the racial slur even after producers urged him to stop. Lil John was dressed as Uncle Sam as part of a team challenger for that particular episode.
“We kept trying to explain to [Trump] that that’s not a word you can use, that it’s offensive,” one Apprentice employee told The Daily Beast. “One of the executive producers had to call him up directly to [plead with] him not to say it, and Trump was like, ‘No, that’s a saying, it’s Uncle Tom.’ There are several takes in the footage of the dailies that has him trying to figure out the difference between ‘Uncle Tom’ and Uncle Sam. He just couldn’t grasp that it was offensive… When [Trump] decides he wants to do something, that’s his way.”
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Arsenio Hall was a guest judge that day and made his displeasure with the use of the term clear. Lil Jon confirmed the version of events, but added that after intervening with Trump, the GOP presidential candidate stopped using the slur.
“When this ‘Uncle Tom’ incident happened on Celebrity Apprentice in the boardroom several of my castmates and I addressed Mr. Trump immediately when we heard the comment,” the rapper tweeted. “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.”
Lil Jon made sure to add that he was on Team Trump: “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.”