"Hey bae intern," wanna party? That's pretty much how Microsoft invited interns to its Internapalooza afterparty on July 11, in Seattle.
The term "bae" is rarely a good one to use, especially if you're not even sure what it means. For the record, it's supposed to mean "babe." While it doesn't sound too good regardless of who uses it, it's even less appropriate (albeit way funnier) when it comes from a multibillion dollar company trying to get down with young hipster lingo. But hey, it's written in pink and has a heart emoticon <3, so it's all good.
Microsoft has sent out emails infused with terribly worded invitations to enjoy "hella noms, lots of dranks," good music and beer pong. To top it off, the email ends with "Hell yes to getting lit on a Monday night."
For those unfamiliar with such lingo, "hella noms" means great food, "getting lit" refers to getting either drunk or high, while "drank" typically refers to a recreationally used cough syrup that contains codeine and promethazine. We're unsure whether this was a typo in Microsoft's email or the company actually plans to throw a "drank" party to boost the euphoria.
Either way, the hilarious email instantly went viral after Patrick Burchaell posted a screenshot on Twitter, noting that his roommate received this invitation from a Microsoft University Recruiter.
My roommate received this email from a Microsoft recruiter today. pic.twitter.com/90Qwr78eGO
— Patrick Burtchaell (@pburtchaell) July 6, 2016
As a reminder, Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft CEO in 2014 and has been trying since to breathe new life into the company and revitalize it for the new generation of computing — and users.
Automation can be very helpful, but sometimes it can end up quite badly. Microsoft has plenty of experience in this area, if we're to remember the controversial AI-powered Tay chat bot that learned to be racist and sexist in no time. Tay enjoyed using lingo as well, and at one point even tweeted about "smoking kush infront the police" — and that was after Microsoft had publicly apologized for the inappropriate tweets and had put the bot to sleep.
Microsoft also went under fire earlier this year when it spiced up its Xbox GDC party with dancers dressed as skimpily clad schoolgirls.
It seems Microsoft may still have a thing or two to learn about throwing adequate parties, but at least there will be "hella noms."
For the record, the company did not deny sending this email to interns.
"The email was poorly worded and not in keeping with our values as a company," says Microsoft. "We are looking into how this occurred and will take appropriate steps to address it."