Community leaders and elected officials are protesting a local disc jockey, because of remarks he made about Haitian women.
They gathered outside the studios of radio station HOT 97 in Manhattan's West Village on Tuesday to speak out against remarks made by personality DJ Cipha Sounds.
On Friday, he told listeners, "The reason I'm HIV negative is because I don't mess with Haitian girls."
The DJ, whose real name is Luis Diaz, later apologized to listeners during his radio show, saying, "I made a stupid, tasteless joke, that was a one-liner, that was taken totally the wrong way. And I want to say sincerely that I apologize for even saying this thing."
Protestors wanted the station to take severe disciplinary action against Diaz, including firing him.
"Mr. Diaz said that he made a joke. That was not a joke. That was a serious insult, not only to Haitian women, but also to the entire Haitian community, and to all women, regardless of your nationality," said Brooklyn Councilman Mathieu Eugene. "And today, we are here together, to ensure that Mr. Diaz be removed from the station."
NY1 has reached out to HOT 97 and is awaiting a response.