Will two servicemen in uniform being affectionate with each other cause a stir at a diner? What if you witnessed an older woman being scammed online – would you come to her aid? 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, FEBRUARY 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
This week’s scenarios include:
- Gay Military Servicemen: It has only been two months since the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed. While polls show a majority of Americans support the end of the 17-year-old policy, others have openly opposed the decision. The repeal remains a hot topic, so “WWYD?” decided to set up its hidden cameras in a NJ diner to see how some fellow diners felt about openly gay servicemen showing affection in public.
- · Interracial Adoption: Two friends having lunch together to meet the newly adopted daughter of one of the women turns into an uncomfortable situation when the other woman disapproves – since the new daughter is black and the mother is white. Will anyone at a restaurant interrupt their lunch and stand up for new mom?
- Online Scams: At an internet café an older woman is having trouble with her computer and asks another patron for help wiring money to a man half way around the world for what she believes is a fantastic opportunity. It is pretty clear that she is being scammed. Will bystanders come to her aid?
“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 is executive producer and Danielle Baum Rossen is the senior broadcast producer of “What Would You Do?”