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Job Seeker Gets Recruiter Email With Offensive Movie Line

Connie Cheung was 'shocked' agency worker sent her racist line from 'Full Metal Jacket'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2019 10:54 AM CDT
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(Newser) – When Connie Cheung received an email from a recruiting agency about an office manager assistant position she'd applied for, what should've been info on the next steps for the job was something entirely different. "Me love you long time," was the only message in the email from Chicago Search Group's Jim McMahon, who'd already contacted Cheung for an interview. McMahon apparently intended for the email, which contained the famous line from the movie Full Metal Jacket—one widely regarded to be racist and sexist toward Asian women—to go not to Cheung, an Asian American, but to his boss, Brian Haugh, whom he says he'd watched the movie with, per Block Club Chicago. Cheung put up a screenshot of the correspondence on her Facebook page, writing, "When you apply for a job and the recruiting managers are emailing about you behind your back."

"I was just shocked because it's been a while since I've personally received such racial and ignorant commentary relating to my ethnicity," Cheung tells USA Today. McMahon says he called Cheung to offer a direct apology and calls it an "isolated incident." "It was intended for my business partner of over a decade, who was also my college roommate," he tells USA Today, adding that while he couldn't excuse his remark, "imagine if everyone had every inappropriate comment or poor joke that was typed, texted, or spoken available for the public to see. It is a reminder for all of us that we should communicate with anyone as if everyone was listening." (Read more racism stories.)

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