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A New York deejay spun a not-so-hot beat with listeners that got him in some trouble last weekend.

Hot 97 DJ Cipha Sounds made an on-air comment that upset local leaders and members of the Haitian community. The 34-year-old deejay, whose real name is Luis Diaz, infuriated listeners last Friday morning when he said, “The reason I’m HIV negative is because I don’t mess with Haitian girls.”

The station was flooded with phone calls, and callers demanding that he be fired. The interwebs were a buzz as well as listeners took to Twitter and Facebook to slam the Puerto Rican radio host. Several listeners thought it was the deejay’s co-host, Peter Rosenburg, who had made the comment, but Cipha Sounds owned up to it.

missmama85 wrote on Twitter, “Sooooooooo Dj Cipha Sounds has stuck his foot in his mouth. Didn’t we come 2the conclusion that Hot97 hires the assholes a long time ago?”

Diaz, who also hosts parties and deejays for MTV, later apologized on the air, claiming that his statement was meant to be light-hearted humor.

“I made a stupid, tasteless joke that was a one-liner that was taken totally the wrong way,” he said. “I want to say sincerely that I apologize.”

However, all listeners aren’t buying it.

“DJ Cypha Sounds said his joke was ‘taken the wrong way’ & then apologized. Translation: ‘I’m sorry you people are so sensitive.’ Idiot,” Mzanthropy wrote on Twitter.

In addition, a protest was held outside the station’s Soho studios on Wednesday. Rodneyse Bichotte, the first Haitian to be elected to a position in New York office, and John Alexis, a Haitian leader from a local New York union, led the demonstration.

The deejay has been indefinitely suspended from the station. In a statement on Wednesday, Emmis market manager, Alex Cameron, said that Diaz would have to “undertake sensitivity training focused on the Haitian community and specifically the challenges the Haitian community has faced in terms of the HIV epidemic.” He also claimed that the station would use its influence “to increase awareness of HIV and community programs to address the epidemic.”

Listen to the apology and sound off!

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  • Yeah… It was a stupid joke, and he should be fired, there are plenty of people who have been fired for a lot less. We have freedom of speech but at the end of the day he works for the station and if they want to keep their Haitian listeners as well as those who don’t tolerate hateful and disrespectful comments aimed towards minority groups they’ll do what’s right.

  • Maurice

    HIV is not something to be joking about or labeling any group as the source of the disease based on misinformation…let alone any type of debilitating and death causing diseases. It’s always easy for folks to pin it on gays or blacks. I personally feel but no proof that AIDS is manmade. Uneducated people, the media, and organizations have been perpetuating that idea of HIV/AIDS originating in my family’s homeland for decades. Something that’s also not discussed is the fact that many Haitians were beaten, terrorized, and killed here in good ‘ole America when the false news broke.

    Cypha Sounds should be fired….had he said something demeaning/similiar about Holocaust victims or gays trust me he would’ve been torched. He definitely needs some type training on HIV/AIDS facts.

    If we can come here and say to others not to be so sensitive about DJ Cypha’s comment…that’s a problem. Last time, I checked HIV/AIDS does not discriminate and unfortunately Puerto Rico through 2008 was in the top 10 for fastest increase of AIDS cases:
    http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/basic.htm#data

  • You know what I heard about this story but, I am shock this person is hispanic! , I am getting so tired of hispanic people I don’t care how racist I am by saying this. They think they can flip flop into our neighborhoods and think they can say and dame thing! He probably said it because someone shot him down. I had one hispanic guy get mad at me and start calling me all types of names a black person has never said to me… I say he keep that shuid back over there with the hispanic women we don’t need that from anyone especially some lame..

    • kim

      I agree 100%.

  • BFS

    I am so sick and damn tired of idiots like this clown in the entertainment industry putting Black women down! His ass should be FIRED, ASAP! And make no mistake, this was a jab at ALL Black women, do not get me wrong Haitian women & girls have the right to be the most offended by this as they were directly targeted by his toilet mouth, but it is an attack on ALL Black women that this fool probably thought he could get away with if he just replaced “Black” with “Haitian”.

  • Reason

    This isn’t the first time that HIV/AIDS rates have been used to stigmatized the Haitian people. Remember “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” ? I still can’t take author Terry McMillan seriously. I am Haitian American and people of color should be the last pointing fingers. Black and Latino Americans have the worst HIV/AiDS stats in comparison to their white counterparts. So you can poke fun at those from the third world but abject poverty (especially lack of access) is their excuse but in a wealthy nation like America being infected with HIV/AIDS is sad. If you take Cipha’s joke to its logical conclusion then dating only white heterosexual people is the safest method.

    • QueenofNewcastle

      Why couldnt he have said that the reason why he doesnt have HIV is because he doesnt mess with any black women from Washington D.C.? That would be really funny.