Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Recruiting manager accidentally sends prospective employee 'incredibly insensitive' email: 'Me love you long time'

A Chinese-American woman said she received an email from a recruiting manager at a Chicago company in response to her job application, which read, "Me love you long time."
In an interview with Block Club Chicago, Connie Cheung said Chicago Search Group vice president James McMahon had accidentally forwarded her the response, which was meant for his boss Brian Haugh.
The offensive phrase, which is a known slur against Asian women, was initially spoken by an Asian sex worker in the 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket. Cheung, 27, told Block Club Chicago that she has often heard the offensive phrase, but was shocked that it would be used freely when speaking of an applicant, even if the phrase was meant to be said in private.
"Asian females have always been sexualized because of their history with Western males," Cheung said. "It's gross. That specific phrase is sexual. It's not just toward my race, it's sexual. That's all I could think of, was, 'Why? It's 2019.'“

McMahon said that the comment was meant solely for Haugh and that the business partners are "best friends" who recently watched the 1987 movie together, Block Club Chicago reported.
"It was an insensitive, inside joke only meant for my partner. It was an insensitive comment, I realize that. It was a racist comment, I realize that …I had no racist intentions. I'm not racist, I'm certainly not sexist," McMahon said. "I know I was 100 percent in the wrong. I wish it never happened, I wish I could take it back. It was a huge mistake and I'm sorry."
After receiving the email, Cheung called Haugh, who she had mistaken for McMahon.
"I asked, 'Is it because I'm an Asian female?’" Cheung said. "He just laughed."
"The quote is from a famous movie, [Google] would have told you that," Haugh wrote in an email to Block Club. "As a son of two attorneys... even I can recognize that an interpretation is an opinion, not fact."
Haugh went on to explain, according to the outlet, that Chicago Search Group has hired diverse employees, and that McMahon himself is married to a woman who is black and Colombian.
"Given those facts, a responsible reporter would ask, are these hires/relationships of a racist person/organization?" he wrote.
McMahon confirmed to Yahoo Lifestyle that he called Cheung to apologize and said that he has had a meeting with his staff to discuss the email, which is in violation of the company's employee handbook.
“This was an isolated incident that will not happen again and my sincerest apologies go out to Connie and anyone else who was offended by this statement,” McMahon wrote in an email to Yahoo Lifestyle. “Context in anything is important but certainly does not excuse anything. I realize that it was an incredibly insensitive comment. It was intended for my business partner of over a decade who was also my college roommate. This does not excuse or justify anything.”
McMahon went on to explain that the inappropriate comment is inexcusable and that the "appropriate measure will be taken as a consequence."
McMahon told Block Club Chicago that the company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and that forwarding Cheung's application to Haugh meant that they were considering hiring her for the role.
"That's why I feel horrible," McMahon said. "She doesn't know me from Adam, so I get it, I see where she's coming from. We would not have called her to set up an interview if we were not serious. We're extremely busy."
Chicago Search Group provided a statement to Yahoo on the incident.
“We deeply regret the experience and sentiment that this situation has caused. It is clearly not our intent to add or create anything but positive value in the lives of our clients and candidates. We have apologized directly to the candidate and have addressed with our team that this conduct is unacceptable. It is always our intent to use all feedback, negative and positive, to fully understand what we are doing well and what we are not doing well. Again, we apologize sincerely for the harm this has caused to anyone.”


  1. Everything is being thrown against the White Race! From Classical Music (supposedly, composed only by Whites) to this kind of accusation.

    Everything the Whites do is offensive to other Races. THere is NOT one thing other Races can let go and pass over.

    I suppose it's because other Races are JEALOUS of the White achievements. It's not a matter of Colonization, that Whites have gone to ther countries and taken over. But THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH! In exchange for taking over, the WHites, EUropeans have brought in marvels to benefit the Others: medicine, building techniques, hospitals, water treatment plants, water wells, the concept of Equality among Genders, Human Rights, etc. But these other Races NEVER,EVER give thanks to the Whites for this education.

    This Chinese woman complains about being sexualized by WHites, but women were VERY MUCGH seualized by the own men in the last century. What doyou think "Lotus" feet were? THe practice of foot-binding the feet of women, for the sexual pleasure of their Chinese men! If the Whites hadn't opened the continent of China, Chinese women would STILL be suffering foot-binding!

    Unfortunately, CHinese women STILL are being sexualized in China, because thedy have a terrible problem of girls being kidnapped for brides for men. And there is still the problem of female fetuses being deliberately killed, so families can have male children.

    All this is to the SHAME of the Chinese, THAT'S why Chinese don't talk about this problem. The Chinese women ARE being abused

    Does this woman think we don't know that here?

    It's time to stop this nonsense against the WHite people!
    There's a great many sins and crimes the Other has committed against their own People, and against OTHERS, their own Race has conquered in the Past!
    And still ongoing!

    Whites have given a great many benefits to the world!
    It's time they stand firm, and refuse to bow down to the false accusations, yes, FALSE. Time for the WHites to refuse to back down!

  2. How is this a story. It is a simple but stupid mistake.

  3. I'll be honest, here: I have been known to make similar jokes, when they're intended to be heard only by close friends who would appreciate my (rather substandard and lacking) sense of humor. And, like the man who was the intended recipient, I, too, am in an interracial marriage, and I haven't an actually racist bone in my body. Was this a rather serious (and seriously *embarrassing*) mistake? Sure, absolutely! But I would sincerely hope she doesn't jump to the conclusion that there was any real, bona-fide racism or sexism behind it -- even if that would seem, to someone totally unfamiliar with these two men, admittedly a VERY short "jump," indeed, considering the circumstances!! In other words, I can certainly understand that she might think they're racist/sexist people -- but, on the other hand, I can also easily see how they might not be the least bit inclined towards such sentiments (and, in fact, it could be argued that those who would flippantly pass around such remarks in a spirit of humor, are the LEAST likely sort of people to harbor such feelings).

    I hope she forgives them.