Twitter is safe for noone, including seemingly ignorant individuals like Justine Sacco. Yesterday, she was merely a blimp in the Twittersphere and today, she’s being torn a part by the Internet over an ill-advised comment. Sacco, a PR executive for IAC, a conglomerate that runs websites like OK Cupid, College Humor, Daily Beast and more, is on a flight to South Africa and thought a tweet about AIDS would somehow be received well.
“Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!,” she wrote.
We have no idea what would possess this woman to think, share or write such a thing, but since going out yesterday (Dec. 20), the page has been disabled and birthed the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet, as Sacco is rumored to still be on a plane.
“This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC. Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter, and we are taking appropriate action,” reads a IAC statement released earlier today.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Sacco’s “humor” has taken center stage on social media. Past tweets include “I can’t be fired for things I say while intoxicated right?” and “I had a sex dream about an autistic kid last night. #fml.”