Guest Star: "I Know Cipha Sounds Isn't Racist, But That Joke Was Really F*cked Up"
Tuesday, Dec 28, 2010 2:30PM
[After the recent suspension of Hot 97 radio host Cipha Sounds over a controversial Haitian/AIDS joke, DJ Whoo Kid discusses the remark's impact on his family.]
After Cipha Sounds made his remark, I was more concerned about the reaction from the women in my family [that heard it]. Ironically, I had my mother over for Christmas dinner and I asked her did she hear it, and she said, "Yeah, I heard about it. Somebody told me." I was like, "Wow." Even before I asked my mother, [Cipha] called me a day or two after the chaos went off because people were like, "Yo, you need to kill him." Because I'm notorious on radio. But I sort of understood [because of my radio background], where you just try to be desperate to [make] that joke.
I don't have that problem. I don't consider myself a comedian, so it naturally happens that it's funny. But I'm not really a comedian. When you do pre-recording, you can always be like, "Yo, this is f*cked up, I gotta take this sh*t out. This is horrible." But you can't do live radio and say that. I think he probably had a choice to take it out and I don't know why he didn't. I think he assumed since he's such a comedian, he forgot about where he's at. You're on public radio.
You can't say certain things that can mentally f*ck up a whole race. Especially in New York City, where the last time a piece of sh*t scientist stated that AIDS originated from Haiti and don't accept blood from Haitians at all the hospitals. So when that news came out, mad Haitians, thousands of Haitians went out to City Hall and shut that sh*t down. The mayor was bugging and it was just a serious situation.
Cipha was around [during] that time so he should know. It's not even about Haitians, you just can't say that about any other race. My mother was affected by it. She was like, "Yeah, I heard it. All of us were talking. It was a political talk." When it comes to Haitians, there's really nothing else that goes on except politics and soccer and everything going on in our country. If it ain't the earthquake, if it ain't the Haitians f*cked up, politics and soccer. That's all Haitians talk about all day. And the last thing you need to be is the enemy in their politics because everyone's going to know about it.
You don't want my mother to go meet her American friends that aren't Haitian and then them thinking, "Oh my God, this woman might have AIDS." That's just ignorant people. 80 percent of the people out there are ignorant. And once they get one thing in their head, you don't want the first thing they think about when they meet a Haitian woman is AIDS. So my mother was sort of f*cked up and I told her that it was just a really horrible joke. I know Cipha's not racist and I've known him for 15 years and I know you joke a lot but that joke right there was really f*cked up.
I told him, "You better get your 'sorry' on because I don't know how you're gonna fix it. Mentally, it's hard to repair." Especially with all the resources we have right now, with this Internet sh*t. It's kind of hard to fix sh*t. I told him I'm not really going in on him but I told him to understand that my mother, cousins, nieces, are mentally f*cked up off of this sh*t.
I know he's sorry, it's just that joke sh*t. It's like, you don't need to make people laugh. You're on the radio every f*cking day. Who gives a f*ck? But it puts so much pressure on those stupid f*cking stations. They have so much pressure on them that they're really desperate to go at each other and it's always been a New York thing, this station versus this station. And you see the result of these things like Star & Bucwild going at DJ Envy and going to court because [they made fun of his child], it's so f*cking embarrassing how they just go at each other just to get ratings with the antics and jokes. They put the people in the middle of it.
You can't mentally f*ck up society just to get ratings. It's embarrassing. Haitians have gone through h*ll and we don't need AIDS [stigmatization] added to our f*cking h*ll. There's still some people who still haven't found their family yet or they're never going to find their family [as a result of this year's earthquake in Haiti]. The last thing we need is AIDS to be added on to it around Christmas and during the holidays. We don't need that sh*t right now.
But I already spoke to him and thank God I've known him for 20 years, so that's why I haven't really spazzed out. My brother, Mad Dog, is my [Shade 45] show co-host and he's ignorant and was gong to go in on him. I was like, "We've known this guy for 20 years. He was at Shade 45. He's a comedian and he just said the worst joke on the planet, ever. It's f*cked up and f*cked up a lot of Haitians and he needs to fix it himself." He could have said we don't wear shoes, that's funny because that's some sh*t we grew up listening to. It's some funny a** sh*t. You don't make jokes about AIDS, number one. AIDS is a disease people die from. You don't really hear comedians using AIDS in their jokes.
I was recently spoke with [comedian] Charlie Murphy and he says he never uses AIDS as a joke. It's not funny. People die from that. You can't mix that with another race that's gone through pure h*ll and still are. People are f*cking dying and you're gonna throw AIDS in there now? That's why Haitians are just furious. That should be his regret.
Whoo Kid is a famed hip hop DJ raised in Queens Village, NY, but has roots to his family's native Cap-Haitien, Haiti. He is currently signed to G-Unit Records and its subsidiary label, Shadyville Entertainment. He is the host of Hollywood Saturdays on Sirius/XM Radio, and in March 2009 he launched the video website RadioPlanet.tv (Where Hip Hop Meets Hollywood).