Aug. 9, 2018
NEW EPISODE OF ‘WHAT WOULD YOU DO?’ FEATURES SCENARIO ON POLITICALLY THEMED CLOTHING INCLUDING MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN HAT AND IMPEACH 45 SHIRT
‘What Would You Do?’ Airs Friday, Aug. 10 (9:00 – 10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC
A new episode of “What Would You Do?,” airing Friday, Aug. 10 (9:00–10:01 p.m. EDT), includes a scenario on politically themed clothing. In the situation, a man is first refused service at a restaurant for wearing a Make America Great Again hat and then again for wearing an Impeach 45 shirt. The scenario is inspired by the story of 16-year-old Hunter Richard, who was attacked in a restaurant for wearing a Make America Great Again hat and by the news of Walmart removing a third-party seller’s Impeach 45 shirts from its website following consumer backlash.
“What Would You Do?” with anchor John Quiñones reveals how people behave when they think no one is watching by using hidden cameras to record people’s real reactions to thought-provoking scenarios created by actors.
Friday, Aug. 10, scenarios include the following:
- A man wearing a Make America Great Again hat walks into a café and takes a seat. Immediately the café’s manager expresses that he does not agree with the politically themed hat. The manager tells him he must remove his hat before he can be served, but the customer defends his right to express himself. The scenario is then reversed when the same man walks into the café wearing an Impeach 45 shirt, and the same manager refuses to serve him, saying he finds the customer’s shirt to be disrespectful. What will fellow customers say? Will they defend the customer’s right to express himself, whether or not they agree with his politically themed clothing?
- In a diner, two parents start reprimanding their 30-year-old son who is still living at home, telling him he needs to grow up and move out. What will other shoppers say? Inspired by the national headline in which 30-year-old Michael Rotondo was ordered by a judge to move out of his parents’ house after they went to court to evict him.
- A group of teens promises to give a homeless man a dollar if he does what they say. The teens humiliate the man by asking him to sing, dance, bark like a dog and more. Will passersby step in and defend the homeless man? (OAD: 8/28/15)
- A customer at a restaurant pays his bill and exits the restaurant, accidentally leaving behind a bank envelope stuffed with money. As the busboy clears the table, a nearby diner grabs the envelope with the cash, overjoyed with her find. The customer who has lost the money returns, visibly upset, looking for his lost envelope. What will other customers do? Will they step in? (OAD: 6/13/14)
Ethan Nelson is the executive producer of “What Would You Do?” for Lincoln Square Productions.
VIDEO (Manager tells Man to remove MAGA hat): https://abcn.ws/2vxzLYj
VIDEO (Manager tells Man to cover his Impeach 45 shirt): https://abcn.ws/2w08Wvx
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