Work emails are a touchy subject. While being stuck in a never ending email thread is one of the most annoying things in the office, you often feel like you need to mix things up and participate solely to break up the monotony of the day.
Turns out this (former) Campbell Ewald employee took it way too far when he tried to initiate something he referred to as “Ghetto Day” in the San Antonio offices. Since the email was sent in October 2015, Campbell Ewald has fired the employee, and more recently, their CEO Jim Palmer as part of the fallout.
Being that Campbell Ewald is a pretty esteemed agency, I assumed that the email wouldn’t be all that bad and the firings were simply due to the company being super corporate and touchy. Nah. It was that bad.
Per Ad Week, the email went to the tune of a Saturday Night Live skit that went awry:
“Also please share with the teams that today is officially Ghetto Day in the SA, and we’re inviting our Big D homebitches to cycle in and pop a freak with us,” the email said. “Ghetto music, Malt 45s at lunch, and of course, drugs and prostitution are legal all day until close of business. Word, my cerebral gangsters.”
It’s legitimately shocking that this guy sat at his computer, typed those sentences, reviewed the email, and hit “send” to everyone underneath him. I mean, I work for a company that founded Total Frat Move and I’m even afraid of saying the word “bitches” in one of my columns. The thought of working somewhere that most likely requires you to wear sleeves (unlike us, and I’m looking at you, Dan Regester) and still thinking it’s a good idea to send this email is beyond me.
The email was revealed last Tuesday, and the former CEO issued a statement regarding it.
“This email is in no way reflective of who we are as an agency and what we stand for. We addressed this matter very seriously when it happened back in October. To those that were hurt and offended by this language, we sincerely apologize.”
Oh, y’all don’t stand for drugs, prostitution, and homebitches drinking malt liquor? That’s good to know. I’ll keep that in mind if I ever consider applying there. .
[via Ad Week]
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