Hip hop artist Lil Jon confirms Trump called him an ‘Uncle Tom’ when he appeared on ‘The Apprentice’
Producer and hip hop artist Lil Jon confirmed on Twitter late Friday night that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump referred to him as “Uncle Tom” when he was a cast member on ‘The Apprentice.’
According to Lil Jon, the New York businessman and star of the reality show star began using the racially-charged name after the recording artist — real name Jonathan Smith — wore an Uncle Sam suit on the show.
“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 said in the statement tweeted out, before adding, “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.”
According the staffers from ‘The Apprentice’ who have remained anonymous, Trump upset crew members when he used Uncle Tom, and that afterward he claimed to have no idea that it was an offensive term used to demean African-Americans.