January 4, 2014

January 4, 2014
Public Relations Executive Fired
Over Controversial AIDS Tweet

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you had a beary safe and great week. It is another busy weekend for the Dab Bears and me.

I read something which really caught me off guard so I thought I would share it with you today to get your thoughts on the subject matter.

Justine Sacco, a public relations executive who was fired after her tweet about race, AIDS and Africa went viral while she was on an international flight, issued an apology Sunday morning.

Sacco—then a communications director of InterActive Corp, a parent company of numerous websites—tweeted the following just before taking off on Friday:

Her Tweet said: Going to Africa! Hope I don't get AIDS! Just Kidding. I'm White.

Now I know how much this offended me and I'm sure it offended most of you regardless of your HIV status.

While she was in the air and off the web, the tweet went viral, and the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet sprung up in anticipation of Sacco learning of the firestorm she had no idea she’d caused.

Sacco was let go on Saturday, and this morning issued the following statement to The Star, a South African paper:

“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.

“For being insensitive to this crisis — which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly — and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed.

“This is my father’s country, and I was born here. I cherish my ties to South Africa and my frequent visits, but I am in anguish knowing that my remarks have caused pain to so many people here; my family, friends and fellow South Africans. I am very sorry for the pain I caused.”

Just goes to show that stupidity still runs rampant among people of all countries when it comes to HIV. Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Saturday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab