Justine Sacco’s AIDS ‘Joke’ Tweet Goes Over As Well As You’d Expect


Justine Sacco Tweets AIDS

Justine Sacco, the PR chief for IAC, made a joke on Twitter involving AIDS and Africa that went over about as well as you’d expect. Sacco, who is apparently traveling to Africa right now, joked that she wouldn’t get AIDS while on the continent because she is white.

Sacco is the company’s senior director of corporate communications and really should have thought twice before sending the tweet out, especially since offensive things tend to be publicized, even if you only have a couple hundred followers. The tweet has been retweeted over 2,500 times as of publishing time.

IAC, which owns sites like About.com, Match.com, Vimeo, CollegeHumor, OkCupid, and Urbanspoon, responded to Sacco’s tweet in a statement to Valleywag, explaining, “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.”

While Sacco is unreachable for the time being, she won’t be permanently away from her phone. And, as BuzzFeed deputy tech editor Charlie Warzel explained, she’s probably in for a surprise when she checks her phone again.

While the general consensus on Twitter was that Sacco probably shouldn’t keep her job, at least one user went to her defense, saying:

It remains to be seen whether IAC will fire Justine Sacco for the tweet.


Melissa Stusinski
Melissa grew up in the Seattle area, but moved to Indiana to attend Anderson University in 2005 and was editor at the school's Literary Arts Magazine for two years. When she isn't focused on writing, Melissa enjoys working on cars, gaming, and exploring new places. [Contact: Melissa@socialnewsdaily.com]

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