12.22.2013

Another Racist Social Media Fail of 2013: Justine Sacco Fired After Tweet on AIDS in Africa Sparks Internet Outrage


Boy, I tell you! Just when we thought we might get through the rest of 2013 without someone entering the popular category of racist social media posts, Justine Sacco threw her hat in the ring. Oh yeah, she's a, ahem, communications director. Go figure.

According to ABC News, "The communications director for the Internet giant that owns popular websites like Match.com, Dictionary.com, and Vimeo has been fired over "hateful statements" in a tweet that came from her account. The tweet Friday from the account of Justine Sacco read: "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!" InterActive Corp, Sacco's employer, issued a statement to ABC News this afternoon distancing itself from the tweet and saying the employee was fired.

"There is no excuse for the hateful statements that have been made and we condemn them unequivocally," the InterActive Corp statement said. "We hope, however, that time and action, and the forgiving human spirit, will not result in the wholesale condemnation of an individual who we have otherwise known to be a decent person at core." The controversy erupted while Sacco was reportedly mid-flight with no Internet access." [Read]