What would you do if you saw a couple fighting in the park — the boyfriend on the verge of physically harming the woman? What if he is black and she is white, or vice versa – would his race make a difference? Using hidden cameras, “Primetime: What Would You Do?” sets up everyday scenarios and then captures people's reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quiñones reports on their split-second –and often surprising–decision-making process on “Primetime: What Would You Do?” airing TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2010 (10:00 – 11:00 pm ET) on the ABC Television Network. (OAD: 3/11/08)
Often people speculate on how they might act in a difficult situation, but this series shows what they actually do in the face of everyday dilemmas that test their character and values. Tuesday’s scenarios include:
- Good Samaritan: Based on a famous university experiment, “What Would You Do?” asks people to prepare a speech on the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan and then go to another location to record their speech on camera. But on the way, they encounter someone in need. Will anyone stop to help and be a real life Good Samaritan?
- Stranger Flirtation: How will men react to a waiter hitting on their significant other during their meal? And, one woman gets the surprise of her life after her dinner – how will she respond?
- Interracial Abuse: When a boyfriend is on the verge of physically harming a woman in a public park, will people intervene? Viewers see that some people show incredible courage while others just walk right by. Will bystanders show the same courage when the boyfriend is black and the girlfriend is white? Will their interpretation be different?
“What Would You Do?” has won awards from the Chicago International Television Festival, and the Avon Foundation’s 2006 Voice of Change award for exposing “injustice and wrongdoing against women and bringing the message of domestic violence to the mainstream.” The Columbia Journalism Review has called the program “a Candid Camera of Ethics.
David Sloan and Chris Whipple are the executive producers and Danielle Baum is the senior producer of “What Would You Do?”