Would you try to stop a pregnant woman from drinking or step in and say something when a woman puts a suspicious looking powder in her date’s drink? Some cases seem to cry out for action – while others seem to present a choice. What would YOU do?"
Using hidden cameras, “What Would You Do?” establishes 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. “Primetime: What Would You Do?” airs FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
This week’s scenarios include:
- Date Rape Drug: A past “WWYD?” scenarios showed how people jumped to the rescue of a woman they suspected was getting drugged by a man. But what would happen if a man was getting drugged by an innocent looking young woman put a suspicious looking powder into her date's drink?
- Drag Queens: At clubs across the country, audiences cheer as drag queens strut their stuff on stage. But not everyone is so enthusiastic about men dressed as women. When two drag queens enter a coffee shop in Millburn, New Jersey, they're greeted with fierce intolerance at the hands of a mean-spirited waiter. Will customers jump to the drag queens' defense, or agree with the waiter's harsh treatment?
- Pregnant Drinker: A pregnant woman who looks like she might give birth any moment sits at a bar ordering drink after drink. Other patrons watch as she slams back the drinks. What would you do – toast with her, or try to take her drink away?
- Bike Theft: What happens when a thief snatches a bike in broad daylight in a crowded park? To find out, “What Would You Do?” set loose a trio of thieves – white, black and female – armed with bolt-cutters, hacksaws and a fierce-looking electrical grinder, in full public view. The reaction to the white thief and the black thief is as different as night and day. And what happens when the culprit is a sexy young woman in shorts and a tank top? Well, you won’t believe it. (OAD: 5/7/10)
“Primetime: 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 co-executive producers and Danielle Baum Rossen is the senior producer of “What Would You Do?”