I’m all for social experiments. And ABC’s What Would You Do? is a fairly brilliant example of investigating what will happen in some pretty real situations many of us have been witness to.
Last year, they featured a gay couple in a sports bar participating in a little PDA. Nothing more than you’ve seen straight couples doing in most straight bars. The responses of fellow bar patrons were quite surprising:
Then last night, in consideration of the recent gay teen suicides, 20/20 set-up actors portraying a father and son at a cafe in New Jersey. The son proceeded to come out to his father and the father responded as if this were the worst thing in his life – not an uncommon reaction for many gay kids around the country. They followed this up by seeing if reactions of patrons would be any different if it was a mother and her gay son. The reactions had me in tears. So? What would YOU do?