A Phoenix woman was reportedly fired from her job after posting a racially-charged tweet.
On Oct. 25, Erika Escalante, 20, tweeted a photo of herself and a friend in a cotton field over the weekend. The caption she wrote was met with backlash on social media and led to her dismissal from a paid internship, Fox 10 reports.
“Our inner N-word came out today,” Escalante tweeted.
The Spanish linguistics major said she meant the tweet as a joke, but after the tweet went viral, it was clear that many people didn't find it funny.
“I apologize fully, I take full responsibility for what I have done, It's just not ok,” Escalante told Fox 10.
But for Isagenix, her employer, her apology wasn’t enough.
“We were shocked when we saw, it's not what you would expect,” Kevin Snyder, who works at Isagenix, said. “When I looked at it, I immediately knew we had to make a swift action."
Snyder added that the decision to fire Escalante was unanimous.
"[The tweet] is a complete conflict of who we are, and what we stand for as a company, so within roughly two hours we ended our employment with her," he said.
The company also issued the following statement on Facebook:
“We are shocked and outraged by the actions of one of our interns this past weekend. Her actions and social media posts do not reflect the values we hold so dearly. Effective immediately, she is no longer associated with us. We are committed to a world that respects all cultures and we welcome anyone who seeks to join us in making our world a healthier place to live.”
Escalante told Fox 10 that she has deleted all of her social media accounts and acknowledged that she made a mistake.
“Well ya, people have been telling me that, and I do know better, my parents tell me you need to watch what you post, everybody tells me you need to watch what you post, and it was just a lack of my better judgment,” she said. “I was not thinking at all.
“I want to apologize to whoever I offended, I am sorry if you took this to heart, I am so sorry, I didn't mean it at all, it was a mistake, that's all I can say.”