I was working on an ad for an area hospital using a photo that depicts a married couple with a child sitting on a porch. In the photo, the husband was white, the wife was Asian.
Client: The ad design looks great! But we’re not sure about the photo you chose.
Me: If you want, I can search for a different photo, or if you have a different photo in mind, I can replace it with that one.
Client: It’s just that the wife doesn’t match our target demographic. Could you maybe find a different face and Photoshop it over hers?
Me: …I’m sorry could I what now?
Client: Could you find a different face and replace hers with it? Maybe someone more in our demographic? We don’t want to lose such a perfect photo.
I’m sorry to admit that I proceeded to make up a bunch of reasons why it would be much more affordable for them to just pick a different photo, INSTEAD of calling them out for being grossly racist, which is what I wanted to do.