WWYD? ABC Tackles Coming Out

4 Dec

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?

2 Responses to “WWYD? ABC Tackles Coming Out”

  1. Jennifer Hoahng January 15, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I am trying to send a email for the show What Would YOu do. The idea I have is smoking in a movie theater.
    Someone is smoking and they go to the manager and complain, and then the person smoking lies, and then the manager asks other people, so what would they do.

  2. Jennifer Hoahng January 15, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Smoking in the movie theater…

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