Justine Sacco, PR exec fired after AIDS tweet, apologizes
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The PR specialist at the center of a Twitter uproar is apologizing after an offensive tweet about AIDS and race.
It all began Friday when Justine Sacco tweeted, "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!"
By the time she landed, the tweet had gone global and she'd been fired by Internet giant InterActive Corp., which owns Match.com, Dictionary.com, Vimeo and other popular sites.
In a statement to ABC News, Sacco apologized on Sunday.
"Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet," Sacco said. "There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand."
The offending tweet and Sacco's Twitter account have been deleted.
ABC News contributed to this report.
twitter, world news
- Gusty winds elevate fire dangers in SoCal
- Compton teachers call in sick, want pay raise
- Bizarre East LA bank robbery trial begins
- Malaysia air force: Jet may have turned back
- Business leaders concerned about LADWP
- Roommate arrested in Westmont homicide
- 39-year-old man found dead in Apple Valley
- 5 measles cases in Orange County confirmed
- 5-alarm fire destroys San Francisco building 47 min ago
- Colorado triple homicide: Friend arrested
- abcnews: Family calls 911, held hostage by pet cat
- Elderly man fights off burglar with hammer 45 min ago
- Obama pushes health care on Funny or Die
- OTRC: Keith Richards releasing children's book