Wednesday, February 18, 2015

An innocent joke heavily punished

The nastiness of the Left on display

A PR consultant has revealed how a tweet she sent to amuse her 170 followers ended up making her a global hate figure and ruined her life.

Justine Sacco's ill-thought-out message, sent before she boarded a flight to South Africa in December 2013 read: 'Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!'

It cost the 30-year-old from New York her job and her reputation after it was re-tweeted by tech blogger Sam Biddle to his 15,000 followers.

Tens of thousands of people responded in outrage accusing Justine of being ignorant and racist and calling for her to be sacked from her role as the senior director of corporate communications at IAC.

People continued to troll her and more dirt was dug from her deleted Twitter account with BuzzFeed posting an article called '16 Tweets Justine Sacco Regrets'.

Now more than a year on, Justine has spoken of the negative impact the incident has had on her life and how she never intended the tweet to be taken literally.  'I thought there was no way that anyone could possibly think it was literal.'

'I had a great career, and I loved my job, and it was taken away from me,and there was a lot of glory in that. Everybody else was very happy about that,' she said.

She added that it has also ruined her love life: 'I'm single; so it's not like I can date, because we Google everyone we might date. That's been taken away from me too.'

Justine told Jon that she realised she 'couldn't sit at home and watch movies every day and cry and feel sorry for myself' forever and she needed to 'make steps to reclaim my identity and remind myself of who I am'.

As a result, she now has a new job and is wary of what she shares on social media.



Anonymous said...

I feel badly for her, but would she have been fired if she worked in the mailroom? Maybe not, but someone who is the senior director of corporate communications should always be aware of how she is communicating.

Anonymous said...

She must be dumb not to have realized the possible consequences in her position, so maybe not suitable for the senior post.

Anonymous said...

She has to be left of center by quite a margin and thusly believed that she was exempt from attack because of her beliefs. Silly rabbit, being liberal does not protect you from liberals until you get to level of whoppi, rosie, & moore.


Dean said...

Anyone posting random thoughts on social media takes the same risk. And, as noted in the source article, deleting the Facebook, Twitter or whatever account does no good. What is placed on the internet is there forever.

Bird of Paradise said...

Another victim of the PC leftists crowd of reptiles

stinky said...

MDH nails it. Dollars to donuts she's always been a good little progressive and figured that made her immune ... and why not, anyone who makes such tone-deaf jokes as hers must have been living in a bubble to begin with; how would she know better?

Corollary: she wouldda done the same thing to any conservative who had tweeted the same words that she did.