Years ago. while an editor for a major military newspaper, we had an award winner in my office.
Good looking, 20-something black man. We photographer him in front of our command building. And published it front page news, it was a big deal award after all.
Unfortunately a palm tree, with the brown short cut chris-cross leaf pattern on the trunk was right behind his head and neck.
It looked like a rope.
Man, the hate mail and phone calls I got!!!
Even though the guy personally approved the photo and page layout, along with 6 other people, I took a huge hit for this!!
I can laugh now, but at the time I was not happy.