Lil Jon Responds To Donald Trump Calling Him An ‘Uncle Tom’ During Celebrity Apprentice
After The Daily Beast reported that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called contestant Lil Jon an “Uncle Tom” while filming The Celebrity Apprentice, the rapper released a statement on Friday.
On Twitter he wrote: “When this ‘Uncle Tom’ incident happened on Celebrity Apprentice in the boardroom several of my cast mates 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 it’s offensiveness.”
“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,” the “Turn Down for What” singer added.
According to the report, former staffers claimed that they asked Trump to repeatedly stop using the epithet on he 2013 season of the show, which he refused to do.
“We kept trying to explain to [Trump] that that’s not a word you can use, that it’s offensive,” another 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… When [Trump] decides he wants to do something, that’s his way.”
Trump’s campaign denies these allegations.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Regrets Criticizing Colin Kaepernick
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dialing back her recent comments about Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his national anthem protest.
According to the Los Angeles Times, in a statement she gave on Friday, Ginsburg said she shouldn’t have waded into that territory when asked her thoughts on the issue.
“Barely aware of the incident or its purpose, my comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh,” she said. “I should have declined to respond.”
As previously reported, during a recent interview with Katy Couric, the 83-year-old said that not standing for the anthem is “dumb and disrespectful,” but she “wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it.”
“I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act,“ the liberal judge and feminist icon said.
Kaepernick recently told the San Jose Mercury News that he was “disappointing to hear a Supreme Court justice call a protest against injustice and oppression ‘stupid, dumb.’”
Bystander Calls Cops On Diverse News Crew And Their ‘Suspicious White Truck’
Earlier this week, a Texas news crew was shocked when police were called on them for looking “suspicious” while reporting on a story near a Plano elementary school.
According to the Dallas News, NBC 5 News reporter Homa Bash tweeted that she and photographer C.J. Johnson were approached by authorities responding to a call that a “Hispanic-looking woman and black man with a suspicious white truck and camera” were near a school. (Bash is actually of South Asian decent.)
Bash said the police officer recognized her from the television and let them finish doing their job of reporting on a story about a proposal to ban dogs from Plano ISD campuses, the newspaper noted.
NBC5 said in a statement that “the police officer and our crew were doing their jobs. Everyone acted professionally.”
Meanwhile Bash’s tweet “struck a nerve” with people being retweeted nearly 70,000 times and received more than 140,000 likes as people apologized to her and talked about their own encounters with racial profiling and police, the Dallas Star said.