Hot 97 Suspends DJ Cipha Sounds Indefinitely

New York radio station Hot 97 has decided to suspend DJ Cipha Sounds indefinitely following what were deemed inflammatory remarks about Haitians.

During a broadcast on December 17, Ciph, one of the hosts of the station’s morning show, joked,”The reason why I’m HIV negative is because I don’t mess with Haitian girls.” He quickly apologized on-air, after the station received an abundance of phone calls and comments online slamming the remarks. “I made a stupid, tasteless joke,” he said. “I want to say sincerely that I apologize. I said something stupid that I’m embarrassed about.”

Nevertheless, as a result of the remarks, protesters rallied outside of Hot 97 yesterday (December 21). The rising seems to have caused a ripple effect with the station, who suspended him.

“First, the station announced that DJ Cipha Sounds has been suspended indefinitely,” a rep for Hot 97 said in a statement. “Second, Cipha will immediately undertake sensitivity training focused on the Haitian community and specifically, the challenges the Haitian community has faced in terms of the HIV epidemic. Finally, HOT 97 announced it will work with local community leaders to utilize the influence of HOT 97 to increase awareness of HIV and community programs to address the HIV epidemic.”

This morning, Cipha tweeted, “IM JUST A DUDE FROM THE BRONX THAT HAS A REALLY COOL JOB & I DIDNT KNOW MY WORDS WERE THIS POWERFUL. ITS A BLESSING TO LEARN… THANK U.”

His morning show partner, Peter Rosenberg, also took to twitter this morning to comment on the situation. “ciph was suspended because of an insensitive joke about Haitian women…he apologized rightaway, feels terrible, but was suspended anyway.” he wrote.

While Cipha Sounds serves out his suspension, the Hot 97 morning slot will be held down by Rosenberg and K-Foxx. —Adam Fleischer

  • CAPfromdadot

    dat fool crazy! theres a lot baddd haitian mamis too.

  • that nigga

    Sensitive comment Cyph.

  • RJ

    Keep your head up Ciph. You’ll be back better than ever.

  • alderman j

    The late GURU and CHAKA KAHN once had a song WATCH WHAT YOU SAY! It applies here, and it was a dope song. That should be the first song CIPHA spins when he gets off suspension.

  • jtm

    i always hated him.

  • sealsaa

    “Cipha tweeted, “IM JUST A DUDE FROM THE BRONX THAT HAS A REALLY COOL JOB & I DIDNT KNOW MY WORDS WERE THIS POWERFUL. ITS A BLESSING TO LEARN… THANK U.”
    =====================

    ^So basically, as a grown man, you don’t know better than to say some disrespectful shit about a disease that’s killing millions of people, and about a group of people(Hatians) who have taken some serious L’s this past year. This nigga…

  • Don mcCaine

    that was a weak & cheesy statement Ciph…but he still gets to keep his job, enjoy his holidays, and just has to take a couple of refresher classes on HIV to come back to work. Excuse me for thinking this is no moral victory, when this “protest” was done in a major media city and could have shifted this “outrage” energy to the Consulate on 41st to make the world see you are “outraged” by the results of what’s going on at the island. Could’ve walked there from Hot97…

    it’s ok for you to be mad at me.

  • http://www.myspace.com/asyrecordings GIF DA VET

    Come on Cipha you ain’t new to DJ’s catching slack over these type of remarks be more careful bruh…

  • Q461

    @ alderman j

    Great Guru song off Jazzmatazz 2 my dude, cosign.

    Racist comments are wrong and you gotta be a moron to try and make a joke like that over the air. People arent gonna give you a pass even if you arent racist and just thought you were being harmless or clever.

    Fuck Cypha for this ignorant statement: “IM JUST A DUDE FROM THE BRONX THAT HAS A REALLY COOL JOB & I DIDNT KNOW MY WORDS WERE THIS POWERFUL. ITS A BLESSING TO LEARN… THANK U.”

    You didn’t know? Didnt you learn anything from Don Imus with that Nappy headed ho shit and Miss Jones with that tsunami bullshit? Fail to the max just by not paying attention to other people in your field and their fuckups and then pleading ignorance afterwards.

    Cmon son ain’t the Haitian people endured enough this year? You should open your wallet and give a substantial donation to the Red Cross or some shit on behalf of the Haitian people.

    Real Talk yall.

  • Mama_Mia

    I agree with the others who commented on this discussion. Ciph knows better.. See where he went left with this is: He came from Sirius XM Radio -where u can freely speak ur mind aka NO Limitiations to wtf you Say. His comment about He’s from the BX and didn’t know his comments were that effected is B.S.! Another Bites the DUST. Everybody has a right to bounce back and regroup themselves. He was wayyy off..People Joke all the Time about Haitian, Jamaicans & Puerto Rican’s,- you can’t expect ur listeners to Agree with Racial Comments- especially when NYC is Home to “alot of Cultures”. SIde Bar, Ciph’s been Corny & a Musiq Groupie. Time to catch the 6 & Head back to SOuth BronX..

  • Mama_Mia

    I agree with the others who commented on this discussion. Ciph knows better.. See where he went left with this is: He came from Sirius XM Radio -where u can freely speak ur mind aka NO Limitations to wtf you Say. His comment about He’s from the BX and didn’t know his comments were that effected is B.S.! Another Bites the DUST. Everybody has a right to bounce back and regroup themselves. He was wayyy off..People Joke all the Time about Haitian, Jamaicans & Puerto Rican’s,- you can’t expect ur listeners to Agree with Racial Comments- especially when NYC is Home to “alot of Cultures”. SIde Bar, Ciph’s been Corny & a Musiq Groupie. Time to catch the 6 & Head back to SOuth BronX..

  • Mama_Mia

    I agree with the others who commented on this discussion. Ciph knows better.. See where he went left with this is: He came from Sirius XM Radio -where u can freely speak ur mind aka NO Limitations to wtf you Say. His comment about He’s from the BX and didn’t know his comments were that effected is B.S.! Another Bites the DUST. I guess Everybody has a right to bounce back and regroup themselves. He was wayyy off..People Joke all the Time about Haitian, Jamaicans & Puerto Rican’s,- you can’t expect ur listeners to Agree with Racial Comments- especially when NYC is Home to “alot of Cultures”. SIde Bar, Ciph’s been Corny & a Musiq Groupie. Time to catch the 6 & Head back to SOuth BronX..

  • Esmoke1

    Ignorant bastard makes us Boricuas look bad!!! One love to the whole carribean…..

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  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Damn what happened to common sense?