During the show, Lil Jon and his team were tasked to mount a marketing campaign for hair care products from Farouk Systems Products using a glass truck.
The rapper wore a patriotic Uncle Sam uniform to stand out in the challenge, and according to The Daily Beast, a show source said Trump decided to refer to Lil Jon as “Uncle Tom” around the Apprentice staff and to Jon himself in the boardroom.
“We kept trying to explain to [Trump] that that’s not a word you can use, that it’s offensive,” an unnamed 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… ”
Jon responded on Twitter Thursday night (Oct. 13, 2016) by confirming the report and said Trump stopped using the term once he explained that it was an offensive 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,” Jon 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 [its] offensiveness,” he added.
Jon continued: “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.”
— LILJON (@LilJon) October 15, 2016
The GOP nominee’s campaign has been on the defensive since a video tape of Trump making lewd comments about women surfaced on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Several women have stepped forward with their own accounts of inappropriate behavior and sexual assault perpetrated by the former reality TV host.
Trump has denied all allegations and claims it’s a set-up by the media and the Clinton campaign. “100% fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday (Oct. 15, 2016). “FIX!”