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The Outrageous Tweet about Africa that ought to get someone Fired

Bb-9gRfIYAA3U7VJustine Sacco, the communications director for InterActiveCorp, better known as IAC based in New York, tweeted what you see above from an airport in London on her way to board a flight to an African country. How a cringe-worthy statement like this is ‘Just kidding’ is beyond me.

Unfortunately for Ms. Sacco, she couldn’t take the tweet down for hours because she was on a long flight to Africa. By the time she landed several hours later, not only was there an outcry on Twitter, her job was also on the line. The company she works for quickly responded by releasing a statement:

“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.”

The tweet was deleted late last night (American time) very early this morning (African time). Not only that, Ms. Sacco’s entire Twitter account has been deleted. There are also reports that she has been fired by IAC.

What an ignorant and tasteless statement to make…even as a joke.

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  1. ary

     /  December 21, 2013

    It’s good that she has been reprimanded… I pity her though. #sigh#

  2. carsten

     /  December 21, 2013

    ehya. thats too far na. tactless, yeah…beht… lol. I’m white? that gives immunity for AIDS?

  3. Yemie

     /  December 21, 2013

    What’s all these rants ’bout Africa being the headquarters of the AIDS pandemic? The first ever case was in Europe or the Americas before it berthed here.

    My people say na from play, we dey take know something wey dey serious. So in other words, that ‘just kidding’ clause is a phony. Na she sabi o.

  4. Nonso Nnajide

     /  December 21, 2013

    “Hope I don’t get AIDS” is a bad enough joke. But the implications in “I’m white!”….

  5. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

     /  December 22, 2013

    She should be arrested for racism…and if she ever lands on African soil, lets jail her for 20 years..

    By 2043, we release her and tell her “Just kidding. We’re black!”

  6. anyibaba

     /  December 22, 2013

    Why are you peeps attacking her? She might be on some medical breakthrough? The whiter you are, the less prone you are to get AIDS so you all better start bleaching.

  7. Kukogho Iruesiri Samson

     /  December 22, 2013

    Wait a minute…Did anyone analyze her statement well?…

    1. She’s hoping not to get the disease because she is coming to Africa
    2. HIV/AIDS is spread mostly by blood exchange, sexual intercourse. Right?
    3. Maybe she is sexually loose and knows she will have loose sex with hundreds of black lads and probably get the disease
    4. She may be a vampire, looking for blood to suck
    5. Because she is a white witch, even if she has sex or sucks blood, she go dey kampe

    Thunder fire that phone wey she take tweet!!!

  8. Emmanuel Dan

     /  December 22, 2013

    The clown who made this statement is a grand descendant of white supremacists slave drivers and racist segregationists. Therefore, racism runs in her blood. As an African, first and foremost, and an African-American, I take serious exception to her implied but baseless assumption that the streets of Africa is littered with AIDS viruses and merely walking on them gets u infected. I wonder which African country she went to and just hope t she got deported on arrival! We (the Nigerian/African community in South Jersey) are considering sending a very strong rejoinder/protest to her (former) employers in New York.

  9. tobi

     /  December 22, 2013

    What a mess.. Thunder fire her and her white self mshew

  10. Marthy

     /  December 23, 2013

    I’m going to North-America(US). Hope I don’t get ‘stupidity. Just kidding. I’m black!!!


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