ABC's hidden-camera program, What Would You Do?, dupes people into facing ethical dilemmas that would be considered tasteless if they weren't so damn interesting. John Quinones sets up fake situations that are sometimes racially charged, that sometimes come across as dangerous, and that sometimes appear like children are being endangered. So it was only logical that they would eventually throw gays into the mix to see how strangers would react and capture it on camera.
On this week's episode, a gay male couple was hired to hang out in a sports bar in New Jersey and be very affectionate with each other. Another actor was instructed to make homophobic comments to other bar patrons and eventually to the couple. Would anybody at the bar do anything about the homophobe? Watch:
While some did back up the verbal gay-basher with remarks of their own, many more defended the couple and some even drove the homophobe out of the establishment.
Is the existence of so many good samaritans just a sign of times? Or is it all the result of the circumstances of the experiment - location, amount of people in the bar, aggressiveness of the homophobe, etc.?
Interestingly enough, I discovered that What Would You Do? has conducted PDA (public display of affection) experiments before. Last year, they plopped a kissing male couple onto a park bench in Birmingham, Alabama, where one woman called 9-1-1 on them and manages to get a police car to pay a visit to the scene of the "crime." The two women that ABC hired to show PDA seemed to fare better, titillating some heterosexual males who are lucky enough to walk by. Watch: