ON "PRIMETIME: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?," TUESDAY, MARCH 24
How will people react when witnessing overt racial profiling in a chic clothing boutique? What would you do if you were confronted with public displays of prejudice and discrimination against a gay couple in a sports bar? What if your online date shows up looking nothing like their profile picture � would you still go through with the date? And would you break the law for someone who says they are an authority figure? 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 Qui�ones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process, on "Primetime: What Would You Do?" airing TUESDAY, MARCH 24 (10:02-11:00 p.m., PT) on ABC.
This series shows what people actually do in the face of everyday dilemmas that test their character and values. Tuesday's scenarios include:
� SHOPPING WHILE BLACK: How will people react when they witness overt racial profiling in a retail setting? When a store clerk in a chic Manhattan clothing boutique starts trailing a well-dressed black woman solely because of her race, will customers step in or will they turn their heads and just keep shopping? And what will happen if the shoppers being followed are a group of teenagers � will reactions be different?
� WHAT KIND OF BAR IS THIS?: The Gay Marriage initiative and Sean Penn's Academy Award-winning performance in "Milk" have stirred up emotions on both sides of the gay rights debate. It is one thing to deal with the issue from afar� but what happens when a gay male couple openly shows their affection for each other in a predominantly straight sports bar? It doesn't take long to attract the attention and the comments of the people sitting around them. With the help of a real-life gay couple, and a man pretending to be immensely bothered by them, "What Would You Do" tests Americans' tolerance levels. Will fellow bar patrons confront the harasser or mind their own business?
� ONLINE DATING: Millions of people are looking for love through online dating websites and many have actually found their perfect match. However, online daters can use the internet as a mask to hide behind, and many are not forthcoming about their true appearance, using pictures that are blatant misrepresentations of how they really look. How will people respond when their dates show up and look nothing like their online photos?
� AUTHORITY FIGURE: ABC News' "20/20" recently reported the unimaginable story of a female McDonald's manager following orders from an unknown voice on the phone � pretending to be a police officer � insisting that she perform inappropriate acts on a subordinate. She complied. Utilizing a real-life bounty hunter, "What Would You Do" asks how far everyday people would go to obey someone they believe is an authority figure. The bounty hunter recruits shoppers at a flea market to help detain a supposed fugitive mother entangled in a custody battle, "deputizing" the citizens with nothing but a mail-order badge. Will they confirm the mother's identity, handcuff her, drop unidentified pills into her soda, or even run away with her baby?
� UPDATE: On the March 10th show, "What Would You Do" questioned how people would act when a homeless man collapsed on a busy street � would they come to his aid or walk right by him. The scenario struck a chord with viewers, as one of the only people who stopped to help was Linda Hamilton, a woman who is herself sometimes homeless on the streets of Newark, NJ. Viewers, touched by her action, have contacted ABC News wanting to help her and have even started a dedicated Facebook page. Qui�ones returns to Newark to update viewers on Linda Hamilton.
"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 foundation called the program "an important work of journalism that illustrates the unwillingness of many people to become involved or speak out against domestic violence."