Monday, December 23, 2013

Must not mention that AIDS is running riot among South African blacks (but not whites)

A PR executive for major media company IAC who tweeted a racist 'joke' on Friday that sparked a social media revolt has been fired from her position following the incident.

Justine Sacco - the now-former Communications Director for IAC, a company owned by Barry Diller - was about to board a 12-hour flight from London to Cape Town when she Tweeted: 'Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just Kidding. I'm White!'

The post had been retweeted over 3,000 times and was picked up by media outlets around the world, however Sacco remained completely unaware of it all because she was in the air.

A spokeswoman for the company has now confirmed Sacco has indeed been sacked.

'There is no excuse for the hateful statements that have been made and we condemn them unequivocally,' a rep told The Daily Beast.  'The offensive comment does not reflect the views and values of IAC.



Anonymous said...

Lib speak: truth=hate. Can't have that nasty reality thing fogging up the rose colored glasses now can we.

Anonymous said...

People who are tweeter-obsessed are the authors of their own destruction, whatever the justification in their carelessly made remarks.

Anonymous said...

"The offensive comment does not reflect the views and values of IAC."

What they're saying is, they are against facts and truth. Thanks to the insidious and freedom-killing virus known as (political correctness), differing views and opinions are now seen as, "offensive" if they are contrary to the views and opinions of one of the highly-protected groups on the Left.

"Political correctness is a far greater threat to our freedom and liberty than is terrorism..." -- Spider

Malcolm Smith said...

I remember a British weekly in the 60s in which a couple of journalists used to express some rather forthright opinions. (Reasonable ones, too, in my view, but that is beside the point.) One day the editor wrote: "You might as well accept it: we are not going to sack DF and JT. Also, I'd hate to think that a letter from me could cause one of you to lose your job."
'Nuff, said.

Just the same, I presume that her Twitter account identified her as the Communications Officer of the business - otherwise no-one would have complained to the company. When you identify your job on social networks, you should expect that your words will be interpreted as being endorsed by your boss, who is then entitled to complain if they aren't.
It seems we are constantly hearing of people getting into trouble over casual comments made on social media. I often think the complainers should get a life, but just the same: "Before putting the tongue in action, always ensure that the brain is engaged."

Anonymous said...

As i've been saying for a long time, these so-called (social media sites) will eventually destroy peoples lives, reputations, and careers. But apparently, people are so desperate for attention, and the opportunity to make fools of themselves, that they don't seem to care, until it hits them. By then of course, it's too late.

To which i say, GOOD FOR YOU!