When a woman is harassed on the job for being pregnant, will any diners say anything? What will happen when a husband criticizes his wife in public, encouraging her to get Botox and other cosmetic procedures done? 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, APRIL 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
This week’s scenarios include:
- Pregnant on the Job: Will patrons at a restaurant say anything when a visibly pregnant waitress, working hard, is being discriminating against by her manager for being pregnant? What if the waitress is goofing off, using the pregnancy as an excuse to chat on her cell phone and watch TV?
- Superficial Spouse: A man harshly criticizes his wife publicly, encouraging and trying to persuade her to change her looks through cosmetic procedures to look more youthful. The wife doesn’t see anything wrong with her looks and says so. Will anyone intervene?
Discriminating Parents: Will any diners speak up when they witness an inter-racial couple being demeaned by offensive parents who do not accept their child’s choice of future spouse?
- Begging for Gas: With high gasoline prices and a falling economy, how will people react to someone who approaches them begging not for money, but for a few gallons of gasoline? Will the unsuspecting motorists react differently to female and male beggars? And what if one of the women asking for help is trying to fill up her expensive SUV?
One of the young men who does help is an immigrant who has very little money himself. So “What Would You Do” decided to see what would happen if he posed as the man begging for gas. (OAD: 7/23/10)
“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 is executive producer and Danielle Baum Rossen is the senior broadcast producer of “What Would You Do?”