PR Exec Justine Sacco Fired for ‘I’m White’ AIDS in Africa Tweet

Justine Sacco, the PR director for IAC/InterActiveCorp who posted the tweet below before boarding a plane to South Africa, has been officially let go by her employer.

IAC, the media company owned by Barry Diller, released the following statement on their decision:

“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.”

Sacco deleted her Twitter account Friday night after creating a firestorm on Twitter with people using the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet to mock her remarkably insensitive comment.

In his report for CNN, Brian Stelter noted that Sacco’s “trial by social media” may have been “just as ugly as her initial message.”

Watch video below, via CNN:

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