What will happen when young kids get rowdy in a restaurant? Will two servicemen being affectionate with each other cause a stir at a diner? 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, MARCH 4 (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- Gay Military Servicemen: It has only been two months since the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed, with the final implementation awaiting review by the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 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.
- Misbehaving Kids: Will anyone in a diner approach a parent whose two out-of-control kids are wreaking havoc, disturbing some of the customers? What if an overwhelmed waiter asks the children to please quiet down and the hi-jinks continue or if the “manager” throws them out of the restaurant…. will patrons cheer the manager or stand by the family?
- Botox Mom-zilla: What will patrons do at a beauty salon intervene when a mother tries to convince her reluctant teenage daughter to get botox?
“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?”