It seems US presidential aspirant Donald Trump’s problems would not go away soon as a new problem stemmed from the unaired footages of his show Celebrity Apprentice made its way into the public once again.
Rapper Lil Jon said last friday that Trump called him “Uncle Tom” repeatedly when the hip-hop star made his guesting in the 2013 season of Celebrity Apprentice.
According to a new report from The Daily Beast, the rapper was dressed up like Uncle Sam to advertise a hair product as part of that day’s challenge on season 6 of the celebrity NBC reality show. When Trump heard about the costume, he joked that the rapper was dressed like “Uncle Tom.”
The phrase “Uncle Tom” is an epithet for a person who is slavish and excessively subservient to perceived authority figures, particularly a black person who behaves in a subservient manner to white people.
The Daily Beast went on to report that Apprentice staffers told Trump that the phrase is a derogatory word which refers to a black person who is overeager to gain the approval of white people. Trump claimed that he had no idea that it was offensive and refrained from using the phrase after “multiple producers” tried to keep him from using the term.
“He just couldn’t grasp that it was offensive… When [Trump] decides he wants to do something, that’s his way,” the staffer said.
The Apprentice staffers also said that the incident almost became a crisis when Arsenio Hall, also a guest star in the show, heard Trump use the derogatory phrase and expressed his disgust to the staff.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump has been accused of racism though he has assured voters during the first two debates and his speeches that he would be the best choice of leader for African-Americans.
Lil Jon addressed the incident via Twitter that “several of my castmates and I addressed Mr. Trump immediately when we heard the comment … [and] he did stop using that term once we explained it’s [sic] offensiveness.”
The rapper also said that he “can’t say if [Trump] knew what he was actually saying or not” before adding that “I don’t agree with many of the statements Mr. Trump has said during his current run for President.”
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