This is so despicable — but why would we ever expect anything better from Donald Trump?!
The reality TV villain turned presidential election villain apparently repeatedly referred to Lil' Jon as "Uncle Tom" on season 13 of The Apprentice, according to staffers of the show who spoke anonymously!
Even after producers begged and pleaded with The Donald to stop, trying to prove to how racially insensitive the term actually was, he refused to do so — but whether out of malice or sheer stupidity, well, that's still up for debate.
It all started during an episode where the Turn Down For What rapper was tasked with mounting displays to promote hair care products along with a team of other celebs. In the heat of competition, Lil' Jon donned an Uncle Sam outfit as a gimmick to try to attract customers.
So far, so good — funny, even — but when The Donald saw the rapper, he immediately started referring to him as "Uncle Tom" instead of "Uncle Sam."
Trump apparently proudly went around yelling to anyone within ear shot, "Look, he's Uncle Tom!"
One staffer remembers the event:
"We kept trying to explain to [Trump] that that's not a word you can use, that it's offensive. 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… When [Trump] decides he wants to do something, that's his way."
What in the… so is Trump actually malicious with this stuff, or is he just so ignorant that he had no idea "Uncle Tom" is a highly insensitive phrase??