Did you hear about the Tweet heard all around the world? IAC public relations executive Justine Sacco sent the following Tweet before boarding a flight to Cape Town, South Africa on Friday:
“Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”
Unbeknownst to Sacco, who didn’t have Internet access on the flight, the Tweet went viral with the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet providing a running commentary. Sacco deleted her Twitter account on Saturday but the damage was already done. On Saturday, IAC announced they have “parted ways” with the executive and said there was “no excuse” for her harmful statements.
Sacco was formerly employed by WWE as she left the company prior to going to IAC in 2011. We actually have a statement from her when she was in WWE at this link.
CNN.com has the story at this link.