Justine Sacco’s Racist Twitter Travel Guide

PhilHaney by PhilHaney on Dec. 21, 2013

A PR executive tweeted a racist AIDS joke while on a flight to Africa.

Justine Sacco is director of corporate communications for a large public relations firm, IAC and it seems that she had a little bit of a miscommunication this week. While on a flight to Africa she communicated a very non corporate tweet:

Who doesn’t love a good AIDS joke? Probably people with AIDS or people who live in areas ravaged by the deadly disease, like oh I don’t know: Africa.  At first some speculated that perhaps Sacco’s Twitter account was hacked.. by I’m guessing the same deviant Twitter hacker who sent out  pictures of Anthony Weiner’s penis. However after there was a major backlash on social media and her company who represents brands like OK Cupid, Vimeo and College Humor (you sure it’s not all wacky prank?) apologized, not only was the offending AIDS joke deleted but so was her entire Twitter account.  Looks like she’s going to be kind of lonely when she gets back from Africa, her company made a corporate communication of its own:

“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.”

She should hook up on OK Cupid with that Duck Dynasty guy Phil Robertson. I believe they could bond together coming up with funny tweets on traveling to places like San Francisco or West Hollywood.  It’s not all bad though as someone even made the website JustineSacco.com redirect to the charity Aid For Africa; http://justinesacco.com/.  What is really bad though are Justine Sacco’s other tweets to travel destinations around the world:

Going to Mexico. Hope I make it back across the border. Just kidding. I’m white!

Going to Saudi Arabia. Hope I don’t have to drive a car. Just kidding. I’m a woman!

Going to Florida. Hope I don’t get shot. Just kidding. I’m white!

What do you think, should Justine Sacco be fired for her AIDS tweet?

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198 comments
jbetter2
jbetter2 User

THEY SHOULD HAVE W.E.T if they have BET this is bullshit

Al Chang
Al Chang

bro relax .. this is facebook .. not the national agenda .. lol .. its for people who are bored and what to kill time .. you think i give a shit about what you have to say or what one ignorant female post on twitter ? you need to bring it down a notch .. anger will not stop facebook or social media or peoples rights to say whatevr they feel .. OR TO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR .. lol goodness

Barbara Bordignon
Barbara Bordignon

Some of you people say it is freedom of speech however when you are spouting hate/racist jokes it is NOT appropriate & should not be acceptable behaviour.

Steven Adler
Steven Adler

Someone's trying a bit too hard to be Jenny Johnson JennyJohnsonHi5

DuJuan Scott
DuJuan Scott

I love how the mainstream media is pretending to give an airborne rodent's posterior about 2 things it could care less about.

Melody Lanzatella
Melody Lanzatella

It's called FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Not Freedom of speech unless you offend the wrong people!

WilliamMcCall
WilliamMcCall User

That's funny right there, I don't care who ya are

Adam Mack
Adam Mack

I was expecting it to be bad, but WOAH. Get off the plane lady, they don't really want you in Africa... But don't come back either...

Rod Perry
Rod Perry

Exactly Wes Wes Alexander, this is something I def would say or post just to make people laugh not because I think there is any real truth to it.

Rod Perry
Rod Perry

Eff you whiny Bitches, I thought what she said was pretty funny. Comedy is meant to shock, that's what makes people laugh. Daniel Tosh gets paid a lot of money to say things just like she did.

Wagner Rocha
Wagner Rocha

It was a dumb joke.. Relax... You people don't get pusses off at Chris Rock when he says racist shit

Wes Alexander
Wes Alexander

I thought what she tweeted was funny. I would have posted something like .

Davidov Hamelinsky
Davidov Hamelinsky

Lolll funny ! Like the other dude said, chris rock is racist ? Gabriel Inglesias is racist ?! Come on everyone who hate is a little bitch !

Kenneth Carlsson
Kenneth Carlsson

Well she doesnt work there anymore from what i've read ....

Joseph-Rea-161
Joseph-Rea-161 User

racism isnt wrong...there is difference between colors and cultures...its social discrimination thats wrong....not racism

Suzuki Takeo
Suzuki Takeo

She was implying that because she has white "skin" she can't get aids. Which is totally bullshit, and the caucasian skin is pink.

Suzuki Takeo
Suzuki Takeo

Maybe you should go back to europe and express the fact that you're proud of white "skin". It's like saying I'm proud of brown hair lmao

Suzuki Takeo
Suzuki Takeo

Don't get near her, you might get swine fluc greed and hate. lol

Katharine Francis
Katharine Francis

haha I like the comments about being considered an automatic racist for not wanting to jump on the hate wagon with everyone else. Because, you know, if you don't follow everyone else then you're just as bad. Was she stupid for posting that? Yes. Am I going to waste time making a big deal about it? No.

Wesley R. Harden IV
Wesley R. Harden IV

It's really a shame that everyone jumps on the race train instead of actually dealing with issues. Again you don't have the right to not be offended. So man up or leave because the grown ups are talking.

Edy Luchi
Edy Luchi

^Wesley secretly a racist. No offense but it's on everyone's mind here. Your White privilege is showing.

Andrew Bergsetter
Andrew Bergsetter

Glad this is big news, who cares that indefinite detention without representation of american citizens was extended again. Baan Baa the sheeple are strong.

Matthew James Silvia
Matthew James Silvia

Enough already with the making villains out of members of white America every time an off color joke is made. How many "ethnic minorities" become comedians & make fortunes telling of color jokes at the expense of Caucasians? Where's the screaming of bloody murder for that? Next thing you know we'll just have to bow down say we're sorry for existing & never stop apologizing for things done in the past. The only way we can "move forward" is together by educating & remediation wrongs & not hashing ugly looking to crucify one another. Trust me when I say it is wishful thinking & I don't have faith on today's society seeing this as an option of things to come.

Rita Charron Van Waard
Rita Charron Van Waard

For whatever reason she tweeted it, it was definitely in poor taste and doesn't say much for the person saying it.

Scott-Maxwell-631
Scott-Maxwell-631 User

People like Justine Sacco are the disease of the world. If she thinks what she said is a joke, what does she really think? I do believe in freedom of speech and everyone should have a healthy personal life that suits them and be happy with it. Making comments that have as a significant view into one's persona is damaging for anyone reads it, is represented by the person who says or writes it and gives the rest of humanity a slap in the face. 


Karma's a bitch... hopefully a bigger one than Ms Sacco. All it takes is for someone who is more mentally and morally disturbed to cross paths with this woman and she'll reap what she sows. 


Maybe she should flash her comments to nice officials that let her in and out of these countries and we can all see what happens in the end. I personally hope it's any other woman whose not white and has had to live and deal with what Ms Sacco thinks is so funny.

Matthew-Deaver-565
Matthew-Deaver-565 User

Just get over it, people of all skin colors have said and done worse, her termination won't mean anything except as fuel to some other idiot for some stupid reason.

Dion-Rivers-501
Dion-Rivers-501 User

she shouldnt really be putting bad jokes out there, but its kind of disgusting that her jobs in the hand of a bunch of keyboard warriors now

jclv
jclv User

It's NOT freedom of speech.  Free speech does NOT mean you can say whatever you want without consequence.  Freedom of speech means that the government shall pass no laws restricting free speech.  Maybe you should learn it before you go spouting off defending this racist.

zeuxis
zeuxis User

@Joseph-Rea-161 Are you insane? Even if there is difference between, for instance, an average white person and a black one, one should never use this to stereotype each black or white person. Racism is very, very wrong. 

zeuxis
zeuxis User

How do you come to that conclusion? Where does she imply that? As far as I read it, she gives an accurate description of the problem: since AIDS is not a major problem for predominantly white countries anymore, it's no longer an issue. As a white person, even in an AIDS ridden country she will probably get treated (if necessary) to make sure she doesn't contract HIV, and even if she does, she'll be given medication to prevent her from getting AIDS. Meanwhile millions of Africans are dying and we don't give a shit. This tweet could very well be understood as an accute social statement, the writer should be given the opportunity to defend herself. Everybody judges way to fast, as far as I'm concerned.

James-Canada-49
James-Canada-49 User

Caucasian skin is pink? That's the first time I've heard that one and I've been Caucasian for nearly 70 years.

KCjoker
KCjoker User

@Scott-Maxwell-631 How did what she put on twitter damage anyone?  Quit being hung up on words and instead focus on actions.  

zeuxis
zeuxis User

@James-Canada-49 You may live another 70 years, but you can't deny that Caucasian skin is rather pink than white. In our white-centric world we call it 'skintone' or 'skin colour'. Hold a sheet of white paper next to your skin. See the difference?