I worked with a client that we all suspected was a bit racist, so when she needed some stock Halloween photography for a promotion I decided to test her limits and see how racist she really was.
Client: I need a picture of kids, or just one, but really cute and with a nice costume. I want fun and classy, ok? No tacky costumes or anything.
I showed her the first option, an eight year old Asian girl with a beautiful purple/blue monster costume.
Client: Um, no. She’s ugly.
I was already shocked, but then I showed her the second option, a five year old black boy dressed up as a superhero in a really a cool white and blue suit.
Client: Oh, no. Next.
The third option were two Hispanic children, ages five and three, dressed as a fairy and an elf.
Client: Ugh, these kids are disgusting. You know what? Just find me a picture of a pumpkin.
She really, truly believed that non-white children were “disgusting.”
She was fired not long after for unrelated (?) issues and I kept working with the company. She should count her blessings - I’m Hispanic, and she won’t have to work with someone as disgusting as me anymore.