Today’s racist stupidity, courtesy of another privileged white person:
InterActiveCorp said Saturday that it has “parted ways” with PR director Justine Sacco, a day after a racist tweet from her account went viral.
The tweet, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” sparked outcry online and spurred a hashtag that trended on Twitter.
“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,” the company said in an e-mail Saturday.
IAC is a New York media conglomerate whose brands include Match.com, Vimeo, Ask.com, UrbanSpoon, OKCupid and the Daily Beast.
And while what she tweeted is less offensive than most of the everyday content from the Daily Beast, you have to wonder if maybe this sort of shit should be covered extensively for PR Majors. If not, I can guarantee there will be a chapter on this shit in the 2014 fall syllabi. Seriously, though, this is like a renowned mathematician being unable to calculate a 20% tip.