Better if it’s a white man anyway. But when is it not.
Client response when the colour correction on another (not white) model’s version of an ad didn’t come out right.
Client: So, are you (whispers) Native American?
Client: Wow, what percentage?
Client: Wow. So does that mean both of your parents were (whispers) natives? Wow. What tribe?
Client: Hmm, I’ve never heard of them. Is that like Cherokee or Muckleshoot?
Me: Navajo, as in the code-talkers of World War II. Ever heard of them?
Client: No. Weird. I’m really interested in this because I do Native American things too. Everyone just thinks I’m stoned.
The client then stood up and walked away.
This was my first meeting with her. We never even got to discuss the project.
I was working as a producer for a client who brought in a pool of actors they wanted to use in an upcoming production.
Me: I noticed you have some Asian talent in your headshots you sent us. Do you know what ethnicity they are?
Client: I think this one is Japanese, this one - I think - is Cambodian, and this girl may be Korean.
Me: Do any of them speak their native language?
Client: I think they all speak a little Asian, yeah.
I aint’ paying that, I can get Pakis to do it.
I was asked to design some branding for a gambling lounge.
Client: We want it to have a strong Asian theme. Gold and dark red gradients. Dragons. I’s going to be called the Dragon Lounge.
Me: Here is your identity and poster, let me know what your thoughts are and if there’s anything else I can do.
Client: It’s a bit oriental, don’t you think?
I created a brochure for an organization that offered a senior-based service. At the top of the brochure was a group photo of seniors with two Caucasian couples, an African-American couple, and an Asian couple.
Client: I think it looks good, but you can take out the picture at the top? We don’t help people like that. Can you find a picture with just some normal people in it?
I didn’t ask after which people they didn’t consider normal, preferring ignorance and a payday to the borderline hate crime. But when they rejected the ethnically-ambiguous photo I replaced it with, calling it “confusing,” the truth became unavoidable.
Client: Looks great, just one change. Don’t use that picture of the model on the site. She looks so Asian!
Me: Well, she is Asian.
Client: I don’t care, it’s racist.
Me: I don’t think you know what ‘racist’ means…
Client: I don’t think you know what 'Asian’ means!
A client was upset that the model didn’t meet his expectations, claiming he wanted someone more ethnic.
Me: Do you want me to take another session with a different model? I can arrange an African-american model -
Client: No, no, just throw some Photoshop tar on her face and make her black. I don’t want to pay for another session with some African - [here it gets too rude for quoting]
Naturally, I terminated the contract after he finished his racial slurs.
Can you darken her skin tone a little bit? We need to show more diversity.
The client is from Alabama. They all talk slow - we need to allocate time in the agenda for that.Client notes for an upcoming meeting