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Hartford mayor, lawmakers call video by local DJ 'racist'

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Gary Craig posts video about Latino Fest in Hartford. (YouTube) Gary Craig posts video about Latino Fest in Hartford. (YouTube)

The mayor of Hartford is upset with a local radio personality after he posted what he called a “racist video” while visiting the Latino Fest this weekend.

Disc jockey Gary Craig visited the Latino Fest on Saturday and then posted a video to his station, 96.5 TIC-FM, Facebook page.

Craig made comments throughout the video about the event and Mayor Luke Bronin called the remarks "repulsive and bizarre."

“I was at the riverfront Saturday afternoon, and the festival was everything I love about our city: people of all different backgrounds coming together at our beautiful riverfront to celebrate the dance, music and food of one of our largest and most vibrant cultural communities here in Hartford," Bronin  said in a statement on Tuesday.

The organizer of Hartford Latino Fest Victor Luna said she isn't laughing and called the video racist.

"That was definitely out of line and it was not called for it was not the time or the place for this," Luna said. 

Bronin and Luna called for the video to be taken off the 96.5 TIC-FM website. The video has since been taken down on YouTube and Facebook. Luna said that's not enough. 

"We could say it's a mistake it apologies are called for id take his apology id shake his hand and we move on," Luna said. 

However, Bronin was not the only lawmaker upset about Craig's comments. Three other Hartford lawmakers denounced the video. 

Hartford City Council President T.J. Clarke said the comments were "derogatory" and "point blank disgusting." 

"There is absolutely no way these comments can be justified. For anyone to mention they walked into some ‘parallel universe’ while people were celebrating their culture at last weeks, Latino Fest needs a quick reality check on how culturally diverse this city is,”  Clarke said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Clarke also said he wanted a public apology from Craig and management staff of 96.5 TIC-FM. 

Hartford City Councilman Julio A. Concepcion called the comments "completely insensitive and degrading to the Latino population" in Hartford and Connecticut. 

"Whether made in jest or not, his racist undertones are absolutely inexcusable and should be condemned by his employer," Concepcion said in a statement on Tuesday. 

State Rep. Angel Arce for Hartford said he was "appalled" by the "racist behavior" of Craig. 

In a statement, WTIC-FM said "Gary’s video was inappropriate and was not in line with our station’s values.  We are taking this matter seriously and have communicated to Gary that there is no place for this type of content on our station.”

Craig also issued a statement on Tuesday evening, saying "I would like to take the time to address the video I made at last weekend’s Latino Festival. I recognize that it was a poor attempt at being humorous. It was insensitive and stupid, and I sincerely apologize."

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