Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to make the news for all the wrong reasons.
The Daily Beast reports that during the 13th season of NBC reality television show “The Apprentice,” also know as “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,’ Trump kept referring to Lil Jon as “Uncle Tom.”
The controversy began during a segment in which the rapper dressed as Uncle Sam to promote hair-care products.
“Look, he’s Uncle Tom!” one show staffer recalls the business mogul saying twice.
“Uncle Tom” is a term used to describe black men who are excessively obedient or servile to white people.
Arsenio Hall, who was a guest judge during the episode, heard Trump using the offensive term and made it known he didn’t like it.
“We kept trying to explain to [Trump] that that’s not a word you can use, that it’s offensive,” another 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.”
Lil Jon addressed the issue via his Twitter account on Friday, October 14th.
“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,” he wrote. “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 offensiveness. 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.”