Lil Jon has separated himself from Donald Trump following an appearance on The Apprentice back in 2013. The rapper appeared on the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice version of the show, and wore an Uncle Sam costume as part of a promotional challenge.
The staff on the show reported to the Daily Beast that Trump responded by being derogatory and calling the rapper “Uncle Tom.”
“There are several takes in the footage of the dailies that has [Trump] trying to figure out the difference between ‘Uncle Tom’ and Uncle Sam,” a staffer said to the publication anonymously. “He just couldn’t grasp that it was offensive… When [Trump] decides he wants to do something, that’s his way.”
The representative for Trump’s campaign Hope Hicks released a statement calling the allegations “untrue,” but Lil Jon confirmed the rumors on Twitter.
“When this ‘Uncle Tom’ incident happened on Celebrity Apprentice in the boadroom several of my castmates and I addressed Mr. Trump immediately when we heard the comment. I can’t say if he knew what he was actually saying or not, but he did stop using that term once we explained his offensiveness.”
“I also want to be clear,” he further said. “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 rapper is not the only member of the hip-hop community to separate from Trump recently, and “212” rapper Azealia Banks also expressed recently that she does not support the controversial Republican candidate.