SMH: PR Exec Sends Racist Tweet

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It was the “tweet heard around the world.”

On Friday, public relations executive Justine Sacco sent a seemingly racist tweet before taking a 12-hour flight to Cape Town, South Africa:

“Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”

Seriously?! Could she be any more insensitive?

Sacco, who is (was?) the head of corporate communications for media company IAC, should have known better. After all, her entire job revolves around communication!

IAC released the following statement Friday afternoon:

“This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC,” the company said. “Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action.”

On Saturday, Sacco’s Twitter account was removed. There is no word yet on what, if any, type of discipline Sacco will receive as a result of her tweet. But let this be a reminder for everyone (including you, Mr. Duck Dynasty), what you say can have serious consequences.

Just because we have the right to freedom of speech doesn’t mean we should be disrespectful.

Updated on 12/21 at 9 p.m.: And yes, for those who were wondering #whendoesjustineland, she was fired, reports the New York Post.  Whomp.