Dating site PR executive posts racist tweet about AIDS before jetting off to Africa

Dating site PR executive posts racist tweet about AIDS before jetting off to Africa
Published: 2013 December 21 10:20:36 (10877 Views)
Justine Sacco, the communications director for media conglomerate IAC, which represents brands like OKCupid, is in trouble after publicly tweeting a racist "joke".

"Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!" Sacco tweeted.

Sacco, whose represented brands also include Vimeo and CollegeHumor, was not immediately available for comment but the tweet together with Sacco's entire account vanished.

"This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC," said the company, which is operated by billionaire media executive Barry Diller.



Noting it had been unable to reach the in-flight "employee in question," the statement continued, "This is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action."

Meanwhile, outrage over what many dubbed "worst tweet of the year" piled up, with one vengeful Twitter user publishing Sacco's cell phone number online.

Though it's possible Sacco was the victim of malicious hackers, her past tweets raise eyebrows.

"I like animals, but when it's this cold out I'll skin one myself for the fur," she once tweeted to the animal rights group PETA.




Source - NYDN

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