ON "PRIMETIME: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?," FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4
John Qui�ones Experiences First-Hand Racial Profiling in Arizona Similar
To That Sanctioned by the New Controversial Arizona Illegal Alien Law
"Primetime: What Would You Do?" travels to Arizona to test bystanders' reactions to racial profiling in light of the controversial new bill that will require police to ask people they suspect might be illegal aliens to show identification. Will anyone intervene when they witness racial profiling of this sort? John Qui�ones steps into the role of the one being profiled. Additionally, will anyone come forward to stop a man from stealing a waiter's tip, or when a coffee shop manager discriminates against two deaf women trying to apply for jobs? 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 Qui�ones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process. "Primetime: What Would You Do?" airs FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
This week's scenarios include:
· Arizona Immigration Law: What will bystanders do when they observe people being racially profiled right in front of them? "WWYD" travels to Arizona, which has recently enacted a controversial illegal immigration law that would permit law enforcement to seek identification from people suspected of being illegal aliens, even having committed no crime. Will anyone speak up when they observe an off-duty security guard confront a Latino family at a restaurant and demand identification for no apparent reason other than their appearance? In a twist, John Quinones himself steps into the role of the one being questioned.
· Stealing Tips: It's a ritual of restaurant dining, tipping your waiter. But when someone steals the waiter's tip, will anyone in the restaurant say anything? The different ways people respond might be surprising.
· Deaf Discrimination: Will anyone intervene when a coffee shop manager blatantly discriminates against two deaf women applying for a job?
· Wanted: Customers sit at diner when a man who says he's a bounty hunter hands out a poster of someone wanted for passing counterfeit bills. What will the diners do when the wanted man comes into the restaurant? Will they say anything or mind their own business?
"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 senior broadcast producer of "What Would You Do?"