NYC Haitians to Rally Against Disc Jockey Over HIV Comment

"The reason I'm HIV negative is because I don't mess with Haitian girls,'' Cipha Sounds said

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 01: Host Cipha Sounds appears onstage during Yo! MTV Raps at the MTV Times Square studios on April 1, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

    Members of the city's Haitian community want a hip-hop disc jockey to be fired for his on-air joke about Haitian women and HIV.

    Hot 97 host Cipha Sounds said on Friday that "The reason I'm HIV negative is because I don't mess with Haitian girls,'' reports the Daily News.

    The disc jockey, whose real name is Luis Diaz, has since apologized to his listeners, calling the remark "a stupid, tasteless joke.''

    A coalition of Haitian community leaders are planning to demonstrate outside the station's headquarters on Tuesday to call for Diaz's dismissal.

    Diaz is a host on the morning show, "The Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Show.''

    Public Advocate Bill de Blasio decried Diaz's comments.

    "They denigrated Haitian women, and made light of an HIV epidemic that is growing across the five boroughs," de Blasio said. "Mr. Diaz's public apology was a first step, but now it’s incumbent upon Hot 97 to take disciplinary action and show that it takes its broadcasting responsibility seriously."

    The News said Hot 97 management did not return calls for comment.