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If you were just starting to have your faith in humanity restored after the dust settled from people beating each other up on Black Friday, well… there’s this

justine sacco tweet AIDS africaYes that’s right, Justine Sacco made a joke about getting AIDS.  That tweet put the senior director of corporate communications for IAC (InterActiveCorp – owners of OKCupid, Match.com, DailyBeast to name a few) in pretty hot water on the interwebs late last week.  Not surprisingly, she is no longer employed by IAC.  It’s really the second case of watching what you say, including on social media.  Again, even though you CAN say whatever you want, your freedom of speech doesn’t mean your employer (and a lot of other people) wont be offended.

That said, Sacco did issue an apology… you be the judge.

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. 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.

Funny story – I’ve never witnessed polio or smallpox… but I don’t go making jokes about them either…

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