Justine Sacco

Justine Sacco

When senior director of corporate communications Justine Sacco’s plane lands somewhere in Africa later on today and she switches on her phone, the sound of the pit of her stomach dropping will be heard around the world.

Sacco who works for IAC (the company owns Match.com and Vimeo) tweeted the following last night…


A representative from IAC said in 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.”

Oh dear…oh dear Justine. Tut tut.

UPDATE: IAC has now parted ways with Justine Sacco.

The media giant said in a statement:

“The offensive comment does not reflect the views and values of IAC. We take this issue very seriously, and we have parted ways with the employee in question.

There is no excuse for the hateful statements that have been made and we condemn them unequivocally. We hope, however, that time and action, and the forgiving human spirit, will not result in the wholesale condemnation of an individual who we have otherwise known to be a decent person at core.”

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15 replies »

  1. It gets better and better, someone who is in corporate communications tweets a couple of stupid dunce tweets with her company details all over her account. will they ever learn. well with over 2,500 re-tweets and counting so far i hope all big businesses in Africa (and the whole world) look to do business else where.

  2. Yet there are more people with aids in Asia ( specially in India ) than in Africa but I never heard of people making “jokes” about it.

    Lately there’s been a lot of (public) “funny jokes” targeting Black people in general made by White folks, I wonder why they feel so comfortable or yeah we live in a post racial era lol!

  3. Has this woman forgotten that it was white folks(specifically the JewISH sect) that brought AIDS, HIV and other diseases to Africa to begin with? It should also be mentioned that “white” people are still bringing diseases to Africa aswell as many other places under the guises of philanthropy, bio ethics, sustainability etc.

  4. What i love about social media is from the time it took for her to type that tweet & and then close her account people have already dug up so much info on her. They found out who her father is, her husband/brother, the family business, the fact that Chelsea Clinton (involved in a lot of AIDS projects) is a director on the board of IAC and someone has gone through all her tweeter and showed all her ill thought out tweets talking/joking about everyone around the world.
    Is it really worth all the hassle of tweeting what she did? but i guess people like her will fall back on her feet after a year, they always do.

  5. She sounds like a spoilt brat who thinks she is untouchable.She must have sucked the racism from her mother’s breasts, nurtured by her father. And if her father is a billionaire, it explains the arrogance. Finding a new job is her last worry right now. She is fine financially.

  6. Dumb blond bimbo. If there are black people on that dating website, they now know why their dates took long to fall through. They must have been racially profiling them thinking they have AIDS. They need to boycott the damn website.

  7. The company might be distancing themselves from her now, but I am almost certain that they knew about her racist views. She wasn’t racist over night, people like that don’t hide.

  8. It’s not just white privilege. It’s Western privilege. Many people including African Americans hold similar views. The illiterate ignorant African Americans.

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