Hip-Hop music is about to take front and center in the next few days, thanks to Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, and his latest showdown, this time with rapper Lil Jon.
The Daily Beast released a story on Donald Trump’s tense relationship with Lil Jon, which started during the 13th season of “Celebrity Apprentice.”
During one episode, which aired in 2013, Lil Jon and other contestants were competing to promote a line of beauty products.
Lil Jon decided to dress up as the character “Uncle Sam,” and that’s when things started to go left.
Former employees of “Celebrity Apprentice” told The Daily Beast That Donald Trump started referring to Lil Jon as “Uncle Tom” after he saw the Uncle Sam get up.
And Lil Jon has confirmed it all.
“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,” Lil Jon said in a statement. “I can’t say if he knew what he was saying or not.”
Arsenio Hall, who happened to be a guest on the show that day overheard the comments and was reportedly absolutely livid, sending “Celebrity Apprentice” producers into crisis mode.
“We kept trying to explain to [Trump] that that’s not a word you can use, that it’s offensive,” a “Celebrity 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.’”
In his statement, Lil Jon admitted that once he and his castmates confronted Trump over the usage of the slur, the billionaire stop calling him “Uncle Tom.”
“He did stop using that term once we explained it’s offensiveness,” Lil Jon said. “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.”