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Former PR executive Justine Sacco has issued an apology over a tweet she sent last week before a flight to Africa that ended up costing her her job.

Previously a Senior Director of Corporate Communications at IAC (which owns The Daily Beast, Match.com and other websites), she tweeted Friday:

"Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!"

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The joke went viral and Justine Sacco was fired in short over.

She has since apologized in a statement provided to ABC:

"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."

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Justine Sacco, a PR executive, is in major hot water after publicly tweeting a racist “joke” during a flight to Africa that went viral and didn't go over too well.

“Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” she wrote.

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Justine Sacco is a New York-based communications director for media conglomerate IAC, which reps brands like OKCupid, Vimeo and CollegeHumor.

At least she was. IAC responded to the controversy in a statement last night:

“This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC. This is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action.”

The company, which is operated by billionaire media executive Barry Diller, noted that it had been unable to reach the in-flight “employee in question."

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