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Justine Sacco's Racist Tweet Gets Her Fired

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The PR executive who was summarily dismissed after her racist Tweet sparked a revolt on social media has apologised - as her own father called her a ‘f****** idiot’.

Justine Sacco said that she was ‘ashamed’ over her actions and said she had been ‘cavalier’ in making her tasteless joke about the AIDS crisis in Africa

But her father, who has not been publicly named, was more forthright and said that what she did was ‘unforgivable’.

 

 

He also apparently backed the campaign to name and shame his daughter as, in an ironic twist, it emerged he moved his family from Cape Town to the US in 1994 to escape racism at the end of Apartheid.

Sacco is now thought to be holed up with her family in South Africa and will be spending Christmas coming to terms with her sudden ascent to the Internet's public enemy no.1.

Losing her job as a communications director could also mean losing her US work visa -potentially forcing her to leave America.

Sacco was fired by IAC, a major US media company which owns Match.com and Vimeo, after she sent the Tweet as she was about to board a 12-hour flight from London to Cape Town.

It read: ‘Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just Kidding. I'm White!'

The post was 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.

The blonde publicist was pictured arriving in Cape Town looking shocked and talking on her phone.

Moments later the offending Tweet and Sacco's Twitter account disappeared - and IAC announced it had fired her.

Now she has apologised in a statement released to The Star, a South African newspaper.

It read: ‘My greatest concern was this statement reach South Africa first.

‘Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet.

‘There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.

‘For being insensitive to this crisis -- which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly -- and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed.

 

 

‘This is my father's country, and I was born here. I cherish my ties to South Africa and my frequent visits, but I am in anguish knowing that my remarks have caused pain to so many people here; my family, friends and fellow South Africans. I am very sorry for the pain I caused.’

Twitter user Zac_R, who lives in Cape Town, had been so astonished by the story when it erupted he went to the airport to meet Sacco where he spoke to her family.

He Tweeted: ‘Justine's dad is apologeti & basically in tears."I decided to raise her in the US. SA was too racist". Oh, the irony!’

Zac_R also said that Sacco’s father did not seem racist and claimed he said: ‘I'm so incredibly ashamed of her. She's a f****** idiot’. The dad also said: ‘She better know she'll be paying for this!’

Zac_R wrote: ‘Based on the few mins chat, it seemed father made the decision to move to the US. HE believed this to be best for his family.

‘Justine's dad is like many South Africans who fled the country post '94. He believed "the country would be a s***hole".

When Zac_R took a picture of Sacco on his mobile phone her teenager brother shouted at him, but their father apparently stepped in and said:  ‘YOU should be apologizing to HIM! What she did was unforgivable!’

Sacco landed in Africa on British Airways Flight 43 about 11.30pm Friday and one can only imagine the number of angry responses she would have received once turning her cell phone on.

 

 

The hashtag '#hasjustinelandedyet' was trending on Twitter around the world at the time as thousands awaited Sacco's response.

As Sacco’s Tweet went viral on the Internet she blasted for being 'outrageous' and 'inappropriate', with titles like 'Worst Tweet of the Year' stacking up against her.

Before confirming they had fired her - and with Sacco still in mid-air - IAC released a statement condemning her behaviour as 'outrageous and offensive'.

'This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC,’ said the statement.

‘Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action,' a representative from IAC told the International Business Times.

IAC later announced she had been dismissed.

In an ugly twist, Sacco herself is now being subjected to racism herself on Twitter.

Amongst the many brutal Tweets which were sent her way was one from a user calling themselves Beyonce Supreme who wrote: ‘B**** I HOPE A GORILLA RAPE U’.

In-flight internet service provider Gogo was also forced to backtrack after trying to cash in on the row.

On its official Twitter account Gogo wrote: ‘Next time you plan to tweet something stupid before you take off, make sure you are getting on a @Gogo flight! CC: @JustineSacco’

When users complained that such a comment was ‘shameful’ the company made things worse by saying to one user: ‘With inflight connectivity the full story would have already been out there.’

Only when Gogo’s first comment had been retweeted 1,000 times and branded ‘weak and exploitative’ did it change its mind.

 

 

The next Tweet read: ‘@JustineSacco,apologize for response to your tweet.Right or wrong,It’s not our policy to engage on these subjects.We clearly need a review.’

Sacco’s blunder led to scrutiny of not just her racist Tweet, but Tweets she had written before.In

February 2012 she wrote: 'I had a sex dream about an autistic kid last night.'

Then about 12 hours before the racist Tweet, she wrote: 'Weird German Dude: You're in first class. It's 2014. Get some deodorant' -Inner monologue as I inhale BO. Thank god for pharmaceuticals.'

However it was 'joke' about Africa and AIDS that caused the commotion.

Twitter user Stephanie Be wrote in response: 'WOW! Reinforce the ignorant American stereotype much?'

John M. Becker tweeted: 'Are you even real?!? This is utterly ghastly on so many levels.'

Josephine Baker wrote: 'listen, homegirl is about to be FIRED.'

Huffington Post stated that there is a possibility that the young PR executive's account may have been hacked. However that is unlikely as her twitter profile has a number of other tweets that may also be deemed offensive.

Sacco wrote: 'I can't be fired for things I say while intoxicated right?'

Sacco also wrote: 'I like animals, but when it's this cold out I'll skin one myself for the fur' and tweeted the comment directly at PETA, a famous animal rights organization.

The Tulane alum also tweeted: 'Last day of hurricane season. Can't wait for evacuations next year.'

Ironically enough, Tulane is located in New Orleans, a city in which more than half of the population is black, according to infoplease.com.

New Orleans also suffered tremendously after Hurricane Katrina decimated homes, took several lives, and wrecked the local economy.

One Twitter user took it so far as to create a fake profile for Sacco named LOL Justine Sacco. Her Byline reads, 'PR Disaster. Racist idiot. All-around awful.'

One of the mock tweets reads, 'I think the lady across the aisle is clicking at me. I'm sorry...I don't speak Kwanzaa LOL #whitesanta #longestflightever #haveilandedyet'

Another mock tweet reads, '@Paperboy415 Been downing #WhiteRussians all flight in support of #Sochi2014! Seat 5A sent me a Johnnie Walker Black, but I sent it back!'

MailOnline tried contacting IAC's media relations department, and since the contact listed on their website was Sacco herself, no one was available for comment.

On the IAC website her name has been removed and has been replaced with 'corporate communications.' The voice mail which previously gave out her personal cell phone number for media inquiries with a strict deadline, has also been changed.

The reason Sacco is traveling to Africa is still unknown, but chances are that Sacco won't get the warmest Christmas welcome.

According to dosomething.org out of the 34 million people in the world who have HIV, 69 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa. There are around 23.8 million people in Africa with AIDS.

AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is caused by the Virus HIV ( Human immunodeficiency syndrome). It can be transmitted via sexual intercourse, blood to blood contact, or childbirth.

HIV greatly lowers the human immune system making it easier for those infected to carry fatal diseases.

The PR executive who was summarily dismissed after her racist Tweet sparked a revolt on social media has apologised - as her own father called her a ‘f****** idiot’.

Justine Sacco said that she was ‘ashamed’ over her actions and said she had been ‘cavalier’ in making her tasteless joke about the AIDS crisis in Africa

But her father, who has not been publicly named, was more forthright and said that what she did was ‘unforgivable’.

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white people cant get aids?


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wth did i just read?

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Dec 23, 2013

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white people cant get aids?


Yeah, that Tweet doesn't even make any sense.

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Basically it was a stupid tweet. And one that was rather insensitive. No matter what the context she meant it in. AIDS is non-discriminitory, it can affect anyone, regardless of color, race or creed.

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Re: Justine Sacco's Racist Tweet Gets Her Fired

Dec 23, 2013
Both, depending on who you are. Given her position it was a fatal mistake for her to make, her fault. Is she the only one to ever say such a thing? No chance, it's been said and done before. Does her father seem to have a vendetta against his own daughter, likely. She has made herself into a scapegoat and will be pursued by the denizens, even one's who have made similar jokes or statements, such is human nature.
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Dec 23, 2013

If it was a joke it was a stupid joke. 

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Yeah, that was really stupid of her to say some dumb ish like that. You can get AIDS in any country, and being white doesn't mean you won't get it. Some peole just really need to think about what could hapened before they post something.


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She was obviously just putting four tweets into one since she hates spamming her followers.

 

"I am going to Africa"- She is going to Africa

 

"I hope I don't get aids"- She may have had sex with many people last night and is now hoping for the best

 

"Just kidding"- American woman who uses this in text? It is to be expected

 

"I'm white"- She is just informing everybody

 

 


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Re: Justine Sacco's Racist Tweet Gets Her Fired

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It's definitely offensive. However, if it wasn't brought up by the media, she'd still have her job.
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