Justine became semi-famous on Dec. 20 when her extremely offensive tweet went viral, and stars and fans began to weigh in on the latest Twitterstorm. See what they had to say!
Justine Sacco, who works as a communications director for the media conglomerate IAC, likely wasn’t the only one to tweet something extremely foul and racist on Dec. 20, but nevertheless, she and her tweet became the center of a viral Twitter trend, with fans and stars like Alyssa Milano and Piers Morgan commenting on her ignorance.
Stars & Fans React To Justine Sacco’s Racist Tweet
After she tweeted (and deleted), “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” and then deleted her Twitter account altogether, celebs started expressing their disgust:
We all saw that awful tweet, Justine.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 21, 2013
I think someone’s been sent to the naughty chair… @justinesacco
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 21, 2013
I think Peggy Noonan and Justine Sacco are sitting together in business class .
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) December 20, 2013
General Twitter users also got in the act so aggressively that Justine and the hashtag “#HasJustineLandedYet” became worldwide trends. Like the celebs, the fans were also pretty up in arms about what Justine tweeted:
Freedom of speech allows that racist Duck Dynasty guy and Justine Sacco to say whatever they want. It also allows us to hate them.
— Melissa Stetten (@MelissaStetten) December 21, 2013
“I don’t understand what the big deal is over Justine Sacco’s tweet”-Phil Robertson
— Robert Mills (@Millsy11374) December 21, 2013
I had a bad day yesterday but not a #JustineSacco bad day.
— Catherine (@hockeymom1965) December 21, 2013
Justine Sacco you absolute idiot.
— Twat (@fahreen_ali) December 21, 2013
People are asking for the high road in response to #JustineSacco. How about asking Justine (and Phil, Rush, etc) to take the high road?
— Journey (@PupsherLive) December 21, 2013
Beyond pathetic. You’d think in this day&age, ppl should know not to discriminate on basis of HIV status; race. #JustineSacco imbecile!
— Lebogang Matji (@LebogangMatji) December 21, 2013
Think twice before you tweet. http://t.co/2csbqoCTqC
— Manolya Fikri (@manolyafikri) December 21, 2013
IAC Apologizes For Justine Sacco
As we mentioned before, instead of taking responsibility for her actions, Justine instead just deleted her Twitter account altogether. So cleanup duty was left to her company, IAC. As attention towards Justine began to build, they released 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.
Following Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson, this is the second person in a week to spark a huge controversy over offensive comments. Only with Justine, it’s pretty clear that everyone only feels one way about her.
— Andrew Gruttadaro