Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Justine Sacco, the communications director for IAC, which represents the OKCupid dating website, made a racist joke about not getting AIDS while on a flight to South Africa.
While on a flight from London to South Africa, which is where her family is from, Sacco tweeted Friday, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”
The post immediately garnered backlash from the public on Twitter, where the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet began to trend.
After the tweet, someone created the website www.justinesacco.com, which linked to several charities benefitting sub-Saharan Africa.
“This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC,” the media conglomerate said in a statement. “This is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action.”