After sparking controversy online with her racist tweet about Aids in Africa, Justine Sacco, a PR manager for millionaire media mogul Barry Diller who runs IAC/InterActiveCorp, a firm that runs the Daily Beast, Vimeo, ASK.COM, OKCupid and Match.com among others has been fired.
Sacco’s insensitive tweet put her in the limelight for all the wrong reasons, and even causing anger and outrage globally, and portraying her ignorance about Africa, AIDS and showing her deep-seated racism against Africans because she’s white.
IAC, announced that it had relieved Sacco of her duties calling the her actions as “outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC.”
Leaving London to Africa, Sacco tweeted Friday: “Going to Africa, hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding, I’m white”. After her tweet, majority of disgusted followers and Twitters followers began #HasJustineLandedYet debate which has since been trending, as people allover the continent discuss her insensitivity about the continent.
This is not her first controversial tweet, media reports says she last year tweeted about her desire to have sex with autism victim.
Some organizations are reportedly working to see this reversed while others are taking advantage of it to raise funds against AIDS in Africa, or just for their own good. Several voices online argue that the American PR consultant, working for a consumer internet company, might as well know the implications of her behavior online and wouldn’t expose her hate for Africa online when she was coming to Africa. The fact that she thought AIDS is just for blacks was racist.
To protect their business and not the person of Sacco, IAC has fired her and distanced itsself from her actions online and whatever the hell she was coming to do in Africa.
Early, TechMoran received reports that billionaire Barry Diller,was spinning Match.com into a separate company to allow for its global expansion as Match Group.
TechMoran learnt that Match Group would run Tutor.com, DailyBurn and Skyllzone and would have Greg Blatt, IAC’s chief executive as its chairman while Sam Yagan, would remain as CEO of the Match.com, which was acquired from Ticketmaster, in 2003.
We wish the girl all the best though!