Barry Diller's IAC Responds to PR Chief's ‘Offensive’ Tweet About AIDS

Barry Diller's IAC Responds to PR Chief's 'Offensive' Tweet About AIDS

The self-described troublemaker has landed herself in a spot of trouble

Justine Sacco, spokeswoman for Barry Diller’s company IAC, has planted herself in hot water by posting this to her Twitter account:

The tweet provoked a lot of anger and castigation from the angry social media mob, and also became a trending topic in Johannesburg if this map is to be believed.

The dust-up has also grown her Twitter following in a matter of hours.

IAC responded to TheWrap’s request for comment with the following statement:

“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.”

IAC owns and operates myriad digital businesses, from Ben Silverman’s production company Electus to video sites Vimeo and CollegeHumor. Sacco has worked there for more than two years, joining from the WWE.

Perhaps we should have seen this coming given this tweet from January:

Or given her Twitter profile, in which she identifies herself as a “troublemaker on the side.”

  • FionnaGoode

    Hope she's not married. She was planning to have lots of unprotected sex while in Africa.

  • Jimmy

    Why don't people understand that saying things like this are not only offensive, but just f**king stupid.

  • andy

    She also tweeted that she dreamt of having sex with an autistic child.

    • Torg

      This whore should have been fired for that! Very surprised the autistic foundations didn't ream her for that one.

      • Bojorco

        Fired for having a dream? Was it a real dream, like the kind you can't control, or a “dream” like wanting to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa before you die?

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  • Frontal Lobe

    The fact that she works in PR is ironic.

  • Captaineville

    What a douche

  • J

    Why the hell does it matter what someone says? People ate just oversensitive pussies these daysm

  • Kittens&Politics

    Well she's white but I guess not woodsy enough to elicit conservative 1st amendment outrage…

    • writenow

      Nope, not free speech or protected speech when she's tweeting from a commercial account. Commercial speech is not protected. People do get fired for being on the job morons.

      As they should.

  • Bojorco

    Bad joke, but it's even worse that so many thousands of people with squat else to do start crap like a hashtag called “has justine landed yet?” and start tweeting her actual flight's flight track. These aren't people who are genuinely offended to their core by a dumb joke, but people who see that someone's in trouble and want to be there to pile on, so they turn their manufactured righteous indignation up to 11. It's little different from people who watch Cops so they can laugh their asses off in judgment of some dope who did something dumb.

    • writenow

      Not worse. Justine has a long history of being an obnoxious jerk.

      • Bojorco

        And that matters to the internet? Why are we supposed to somehow assimilate her reputed earlier behavior into this one story? Is that supposed to give the public more justification for carrying on like this? None of those people had any idea of her earlier reputation before joining the pile-on fest the very second some ambitious yuppie said something idiotic. Adding crap about her supposed reputation is only adding pointless gossip, because the blood-sniffing crowd had already gathered long before anyone mentioned anything about a reputation.

        • writenow

          Step away from the crack pipe.

  • SonofSpermcube

    Hey, I'd never heard of this company before this. She's good at getting attention.

  • squatty

    she should've been more scared of rape in south africa… stats don't lie.

  • PR

    she is stupid, idiot and a whore…her other previous tweet she has “I dreamt having sex with an autistic child…this woman is abnormal where her brain ha ha ha PR….