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What Would You Do? (also known as Primetime: What Would You Do?) is a hidden camera show that airs on ABC in the United States. The premise is, take a current hot-button issue, have actors play it out in public, and see if anyone steps in to help.

Unlike most other hidden camera shows, this one is produced by ABC's news division, and is hosted by journalist John Quiñones. Comedy is NOT the name of the game here, and the show is instead more of a sociological experiment.

Gained a spinoff in August 2013 known as Would You Fall For That?, which is essentially a Lighter and Softer version that doesn't focus on "serious" issues.

Not to be confused with the early-90s Nickelodeon game show What Would You Do?, although oddly, both series feature hidden cameras as an element.


This show provides examples of:

  • 419 Scam: The focus of one scenario, except tweaked a bit so that it played out via a very public Skype conversation in a New Jersey coffeehouse.
  • Abusive Parents: Many scenarios involve parents mistreating their kids, and at different age groups at that.
  • Adult Fear: Quite a few of the scenarios. For example:
    • Date-rape
    • Racial profiling
    • Drunk drivers
  • Age Lift: At times the show will replay similar scenarios but change the actors' ages.
  • Albinos Are Freaks: Mentioned by Quiñones in the introduction to a segment dealing with two guys bullying an albino man. Albinos in The Da Vinci Code and The Matrix Reloaded were cited as examples.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Traci and Diana are the ones who usually play this character type. Traci in particular commonly plays a Jerkass snob. And when she plays heroic characters, they tend to be withdrawn.
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  • Apathetic Citizens: While the show still respects people's reasons for not getting involved in the invoked scenario, it still heavily discourages people to ignore problems taking place in front of them.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: A variation was done combined with infidelity. The segment in question had an actor and actress, portraying a husband and his pregnant wife, going into a crowded restaurant when the wife excuses herself to go to the restroom. Soon, a third actor, portraying the husband's lover comes in and convinces him to tell his wife that he's "going back to the office," when she comes out of the bathroom.
  • Badass Bystander: Some marks go out of their way to directly confront the actors playing the antagonist.
  • Bad Boss:
    • One segment took a page out of The Devil Wears Prada and featured a fashionista berating her poor assistant at a New York bistro. The fashionista got called out quite a bit for her bad behavior.
    • Another segment had a mother berating a nanny in public.
      • Soon after, they had the "daughter" berating and threatening the nanny with getting fired.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The marks tend to really hate seeing service workers getting mistreated by the actors.
    • Men also react strongly to women being abused/mistreated.
    • Older women have a tendency to want to protect younger girls.
    • Child abuse seems to be a Berserk Button for many bystanders.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: It's very unusual for this show, as most scenarios are set up with a clearly defined morality problem, but sometimes the show will not take a side.
    • One scenario focused on a pregnant teenager's decision to keep her child, and the adoptive parents-to-be who became distraught over the girl's decision. WWYD didn't explicitly side with either party.
    • In the scenario dealing with an extreme couponer in a supermarket who ends up holding up the line for over 20 minutes (including leaving the line and coming back with more items that she has coupons for), the show concedes that while it is perfectly okay to use all the coupons you want, it is not okay to piss people off by holding up the line.
    • In the scenario dealing with parental use of public shaming to discipline their children, where an actress playing an African-American mother made a boy actor playing her son wear a sandwich board in downtown South Orange, NJ, saying "suspended because I lied and stole", a white woman told her it was disgraceful and humiliating, but then a black woman expressed approval, pointing to the much higher rate of incarceration among young black men (which the show emphasized with a graphic) and said she didn't blame black parents for trying anything they could to make their kids behave.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: The focus of one scenario. The producers set up shop in a diner, gave the child actors Nerf guns (among other things), and told the kids to go nuts.
  • Bystander Syndrome: The show's entire premise is to take a current hot-button issue, have actors play it out in public, and see if anyone steps in to help. Some topics covered in the show for example include racial or religious discrimination and seeing whether or not any bystanders step in and help speak out against such injustice. A few bystanders play this trope straight, others outright defy it.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Why—" (or "Why not") "—get involved?"
    • "Nothing prepared us for the man/woman we're about to meet."
  • Christmas Episode: Scenarios in the last episode before the holiday in 2013 were all built around the holiday: a family that couldn't afford the tree it wanted, Santa at a bar getting drunk before starting his shift etc.
  • Coming-Out Story: This is a scenario that WWYD explores quite often, since it's a hot-button issue in the USA, and WWYD typically uses it whenever they visit other cities. They also mix it up a bit: usually they play it with a child coming out to a parent, but they've also done it with a parent coming out to a child, a wife/fiancée/girlfriend coming out to her husband/fiancé/boyfriend, or vice versa. Usually it's played with the recepient of the Word of Gay freaking out, in order to elicit reactions from people.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: A variation. Most of the time in crowd shots, people whose faces are not obscured are usually people who will be interviewed about their action (or lack thereof).
  • Cool Old Lady: Oh, so many of them, and in all kinds of situations. One example: "Why don't you just shove the stuff up your *bleep* and get out?!"
  • Crazy-Prepared: Justified. Whenever WWYD stages a scenario, they keep a security guy nearby to keep the actors safe, and they inform emergency services ahead of time just in case someone calls 911 (which people have).
  • Creator Cameo: A variation. John Quiñones has stated numerous times that his parents were illegal immigrants, and he helped them work in the fields picking food, so in the segment where a (real life) day laborer was denied service at a restaurant by a racist cashier (an actor), he joined in to catch people's reactions.
  • Cross Dresser: A Halloween scenario had a "mother" in a Staten Island costume store upset that her son wanted to be a Disney princess, or that her daughter wanted to be Spider-Man.
  • Cure Your Gays: A few of the scenarios does this, such as the "Praying the Gay Away" one.
  • Date Rape Averted:
    • Very often, people don't let the drugged/drunk/intoxicated girl walk away with the obviously less-than-unsavory fellow who has made it apparent that he's got one thing on his mind.
    • Somewhat averted in one scenario, in which a man spikes his date's drink in a crowded bar. Many people saw it, but only two confronted the guy straight up, while others only spoke up after the woman started to complain either of sudden illness or the drink's taste. Those people took action by telling her not to drink from her glass, buying her another drink, and/or giving advice not to drink something left unattended, but never saying that he spiked it.
    • Fully averted in one scenario where someone witnessed the spiking but said nothing. When the actress started to feign feeling ill, and the actor playing the guy wanted to take her to his home, The Mark got up and left (only telling another patron the guy was "cheating" before leaving). When the camera crew caught up to the mark, he refused to speak to them.
    • The gender flipped version is shown as well. Men were quite reluctant to inform a man if a woman put something in his drink.
    • One episode featured a teenage boy borrowing a roofie from a friend in order to use it on a girl. There were several interventions, and in one instance, a nearby off-duty police officer flashed his badge and gave the lad a stern warning.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Sometimes WWYD will cite a popular movie or TV show's use of a certain situation, then will go on to show how said situation would be in the real world.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Two segments had a young boy and girl sell hideously overpriced lemonade (in New Jersey) and sweet tea (in Texas). A large cup with a straw, napkin, and umbrella was 30 dollars. Thankfully even Children Are Innocent was averted, with most of the marks calling the kids out on how unfair the pricing was and when the girl actor tried to use a "times are tough" excuse the mark called her out. The pair made 59 dollars (It was all given back). She even made twenty due to how sweet she was being.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • One episode dealt with bike thefts. A Caucasian male in his twenties was stopped. An African-American male in his twenties was stopped. A buxom blonde in her twenties got guys to help her.
    • A businessman left his car, which contained an estimated $10,000 worth of goods, unlocked and unattended. A young Caucasian male got stopped a lot of the time, a young African-American male got stopped all of the time, but a pretty blonde was even able to call over guys to help her carry the expensive stuff out of the car.
  • Domestic Abuse: Showing the different kinds of domestic violence is the show's most used scenario.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: A scary straight versions happens. When the man is abusing the woman, people were quick to step in and stop him. When the woman abused the man, it took hours of filming and over 150 people passed by (including a police officer) before someone stepped in and called the cops. Several people when asked why they failed to intervene said they assumed that the man must have done something to deserve it, and freely admitted that had the positions been reversed they would have intervened. One woman was actually cheering on the abuser and saw her as a "role model."
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: In one episode, bystanders react much less strongly to women putting other women through a sexually humiliating hazing ritual than to men putting other men through a sexually humiliating hazing ritual.
  • Eagleland: For one scenario, they placed a Type 2 couple in France to test the snooty French stereotype. Aside from some eyerolls and ugly American comments, no French people spoke up—instead, it was another American tourist that called them out. Some of the French people even found them funny instead of obnoxious.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Back when the show was a recurring Primetime special, a few WWYD scenarios seemed a lot more like straight-up Candid Camera Pranks. Take, for instance, the Five Millionth Customer scenario, or the Rude American Tourists scenario.
  • Education Mama: One scenario was focused around a mother publicly berating her child for getting an A minus in a diner. The other patrons around them were put off by this. The only person to come to the defense of the mother was an older Asian man who advised the other patrons to stay out of it since they didn't know the circumstances that led to the mother's actions.
  • Ephebophile: Some of the scenarios involve an adult preying on teenagers.
  • Event Title: The title refers to the different scenarios the show invokes.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas:
    • The show had one episode in which they took a bunch of previous scenarios and watched how they played out in the Dallas area to see if they would turn out differently from in the North. Yes, a few mark reactions had conservative and faith-based bents, and nearly all reactions followed the "be good to others" Aesop that WWYD enjoys showcasing. The show noted that more Texans spoke out against the waitress berating gay parents than people did in the North. One guy even invoked and paraphrased Jesus to the waitress, telling her, "Don't judge."
    • The episode's Idiosyncratic Wipes fully invoked Texas stereotypes, including cattle brands, star-shaped tin sheriff badges, cowboy boots, and Western-style fonts.
  • Fake Pregnancy: Examined the implications of this trope in one episode. Onlookers watch as a young woman buys a positive pregnancy test from a pregnant woman, and then uses it to pressure her boyfriend into marriage, saying how excited she is to start a family with him.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: The WWYD crew did a special that was based on viewer submissions, entitled How Would You Do It?.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: One scenario involves the young actors saying the F word and Flipping the Bird.
  • Gender Flip: Often the show will replay similar scenarios but change the genders of the actors.
  • Genre Savvy: Some marks have seen the show and ponder on the possibility that the scenario they're seeing are indeed staged.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Played with during one scenario featuring gay couples kissing in public. When two guys made out, there were abundant protests, including a 911 call and police response (the officer did not know the show had been cleared and got the informing call just as he approached the pair). When it was a female couple, however, there were some protests, but much less than with the guys, and a LOT more male staring. When a group of businessmen were questioned afterwards, they admitted that this trope came into play.
  • Gold Digger:
    • One episode had a twentysomething blonde girl canoodling with an elderly man in a bar. It was made quite obvious to the bar patrons that the girl was only in it for the money, and aside from a few odd stares, very few people spoke up.
    • They repeated the scenario with a Gender Flip: young guy, old lady. Again, it got a few stares, but not really any straightforward intervening.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion:
    • One scenario has a family discussing this at a restaurant.
    • In another, a teenage girl approaches patrons at a drugstore to ask if they'll buy her some Plan B, because she's too shy and/or embarrassed to do it herself.
    • Another episode in Texas had a pregnant teenaged girl publicly mull over whether to get an abortion. All of the people who spoke up suggested she keep the baby.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Some episodes have celebrities joining John Quiñones in hosting duties. At times they even participate in the scenarios (usually the last one).
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Some scenarios involve parents being lax or/and downright indifferent to their children.
  • Has Two Mommies: One segment had a patron at a restaurant react negatively to a gay couple eating there with their children. It was later repeated on the Dallas roadtrip episode, with the waiter throwing them out, which is legal in Texas.
  • Heroic Bystander: The show's raison d'être is to find these kind of people by staging conflicts near crowds and waiting for someone to step up.
  • Hollywood Atheist: One controversial scenario involved one yelling at a family for praying in a public restaurant. Most of the marks in the scenario proceeded to point out that while they were entitled to their beliefs, so was the family in the restaurant and their attempts to berate them for disrupting their meal was far more disruptive than the family praying.
  • Homeless Hero: On a video showing if people will help those who collapsed on the street, the last woman who did so was mentioned as "sometimes homeless".
  • Honor-Related Abuse: One segment had a Muslim "family" go to a restaurant, with the father, mother, and one of the teenaged daughters dressed in traditional attire. The other "daughter" was berated by her "father" for wearing a denim mini skirt and a tank top, and he even said she was "dressed like a whore."
  • Hypocritical Humor: The show's most popular segment (based on a viewer poll and ensuing special) had a group of girls bullying another one in a park near a busy walkway. Almost every woman who passed by chose to intervene and often made disparaging remarks about the girls doing the bullying that were as bad or worse than the girls had, sometimes using profanity (which the producers had told the actresses not to do so as not to allow that as an excuse for intervening).
  • The Illegal: In One segment, Quiñones brought in a number of Latino actors and actresses, portraying illegal day laborers that were berated and denied service because of their backgrounds. A number of people stood up for them, and since the cashier would not serve the laborers, they bought an item for themselves, and gave it to them. A number of people agreed with the "cashier" that not only should he not serve them, but that the workers should go back to where they came from, including an African American man who stated that things were bad enough for the African-American community without having to compete for jobs against an ethnic group that was willing to work for lower wages. The latter changed his mind when he saw how badly the laborers were treated, and how some people failed to sympathize with people who were discriminated against simply because of their background.
  • Improv: Aside from some background information and some general guidelines on how to act, the actors do the scenarios completely in improv.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Subverted (and then some) by a scenario on the episode based on viewer ideas. A wheelchair-bound woman, who sent the idea in, played herself in a Nyack, NY, supermarket. An actress approached her and gushingly lampshaded the trope, then went on to patronizingly do things for her that she was clearly capable of doing for herself, even wheeling her around at one point. All were things the woman said had happened to her. Most of the passersby reacted by telling the actress to calm down and back off.
  • Insult Comic: One scenario had a actual comic make repeated jokes at the expense of a man with a younger Asian wife (both WWYD actors) in a Manhattan comedy club in front of an audience mostly composed of tourists to see whether anyone would react. Some did, mostly in disgust; however one young group, mostly black or Hispanic, found it hysterically funny and were unapologetic about it, beyond not giving their names and letting the show blur their faces.
  • Ironic Name: During the fat shaming episode in the Havana Club, one of the marks pretends to know the actress playing the victim, whose name is Santressia, so the actor playing antagonistic doorman would let her in. The doorman then makes sure if they really know each other and asks the bystander for the victim's name, and the bystander says "Lakisha". In Filipino, "Lakisha" is phonetic to "Laki siya", which means that/this person is big.
  • Jerkass:
    • For some scenarios, the actors have to play them to provoke reactions.
    • For some scenarios, it's the marks who have the rude/offensive actions.
  • Joisey: Many of the scenarios are shot in suburban New Jersey.
  • Kids Are Cruel: A few of the scenarios involve Jerkass children doing extreme Kick the Dog moments (e.g bullying their nanny, parents, other children, extremely Spoiled Brats, etc.)
  • Lampshade Hanging: Hilariously, more and more marks mention that the scenarios feel like that TV show called What Would You Do?
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Some scenarios involve actors playing an interracial couple getting harassed by other actors.
  • Mama Bear: If the set-up involves a child in danger or distress, many female bystanders display a fierce maternal instinct. A great example is Renee Wood, one of the women in the polygamist child bride scenario, who swats the other actors aside and pulls the crying "victim" to safety.
  • The Mark: Most often, it's just some random passersby rather than anyone specific. Although on some occasions they center a scenario on one specific person or group.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: During The Reveal, it's not uncommon to see the mark be a little unnerved while shaking hands with the friendly actor who was a complete Jerkass just minutes ago.
  • Meta Casting: The show often uses Actor-Shared Background to give Reality Subtext in their scenarios.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Invoked on several occasions in order to determine people's reactions.
    • One segment involves how people would respond to someone stealing a bike that was chained to a stop sign. A white guy is given several nonchalant demands to stop. An actor portraying a black guy dressed in baggy clothes is loudly told to stop. When a hot girl tries to saw the chain off, several guys help her.
  • Nice to the Waiter: The actors being mean to waiters, nannies, or supermarket checkout clerks with Down Syndrome tends to be a major Berserk Button for the marks.
  • Off the Wagon: Largely defied in a scenario where an actor went to a busy bar on Long Island, claiming to be celebrating his first year of sobriety and wanting to have just one drink. Almost everybody there pointedly refused to buy him one.
  • Old Friend, New Gender: Used in at least two episodes, featuring the bullying of a transgender woman and a transgender man by former acquaintances or classmates to see who will step in.
  • Once an Episode: In nearly every episode, there's always at least one person who ends up unintentionally lampshading a scenario by saying something along the lines of, "I feel like I'm on that show What Would You Do? right now!"
  • Pac Man Fever: They once tried to tackle the topic of 'girl gamers' in the gaming community. It's as cringe-y as anyone who is remotely knowledgeable on modern gaming would expect. Not only do the actors look like they walked straight out of The '80s, some of the 'slang' internet insults they use were dated even in the mid-2000s.
  • Pædo Hunt: Some of the scenarios involve an adult male preying on a little girl.
  • Panty Thief: They set this one up in a laundromat, and had a male actor take panties from a WWYD actress' dryer — and it seriously pissed off several laundromat patrons.
  • Papa Wolf: Men are just as likely to jump in and help girls in trouble as women are. In one scenario, a group of guys cornered and rushed an actor that they thought was kidnapping a girl.
  • Parental Abandonment: Many scenarios involve this. It goes from something like leaving children on a certain place for hours, or parents downright giving up on their children on the spot.
  • Parental Favoritism: This was done at a clothing store in Merrick, New York. It got quite a few emotional reactions from passersby, including an impassioned "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the favoritist mother from a teacher moved to tears.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Usually overlaps with the Maligned Mixed Marriage scenarios above, but it varies from time to time. In one time it deals with different social status, specifically the man being of "lower class" (e.g a gas attendant). Another has the parents not wanting their son to be with a plus-sized woman.
  • Playing Drunk: The actors do this with scenarios that deal with public drunkenness, and they do it very well.
  • Precision F-Strike: More often than not, people will drop F bombs while interceding in a tense situation.
    • One scenario, inspired by the third-season Modern Family episode "Little Bo Bleep" (which just coincidentally also runs on ABC) had a preschool-age girl very much like Lilly in the show (down to being the obviously-adopted Asian daughter of a white mother) innocently tell a stranger the new word (or, in some variations, gesture) she just learned from Mommy (who had just stepped away for a moment).
  • Profiling: Has been done in numerous segments.
    • Two memorable example include a saleswoman in a high-end store, played by a white actress, loudly and clearly telling a potential costumer, played by an African-American actress, to go away because she (the costumer) was planning to steal the merchandise. Another showed a number of people calling the police because a group of (African-American) young men were acting suspiciously. What were they doing that was so suspicious? Napping inside a car.
  • Race Lift: Zig-Zagged:
    • They'll run a scenario with a person/group of one race, then they'll run it again with a person/group of another, in order to see if reactions differ.
    • Another variant is to make the person/group look poorer or richer than they had in a previous runthrough. It sometimes makes a difference — passersby on a street in affluent Westchester County, NY, were critical and unforgiving of a woman who threw her squabbling children out of the car and left them behind when she smoked, wore drab, older clothes and drove a slightly beat up car; but when she and the kids were dressed stylishly and she drove a pricey SUV, no one seemed to care. On the other hand, people were more critical of someone who took money from a homeless person's plate to pay for a cup of coffee when they were dressed in nice suits and got out of a limo.
  • Racist Grandma: In one scenario, a white man rejects his daughter's black boyfriend. An elderly woman speaks out in his favor. She even uses the term "colored” and refers to him as a "thing".
  • Reality Ensues: As noted at Deconstructed Trope, above, many scenarios are taken from popular movies or TV shows, including some common tropes to show how they would play out in real life.
    • This was lampshaded in one of the tensest segments on the show. The show traveled to South Padre Island, Texas, for Spring Break, had two of their younger actresses get fake-drunk, and then gave the marks a chance to avert a potential date rape. In one instance, after they'd made the girls appear a little skankier, some guy sidled right up next to them at the bar and began trying to pick them up — before the actor who was supposed to do that could start doing it. They told the actresses to just play it the way they were supposed to, then quickly shifted and told the actor to become the guy looking out for the girls, i.e. what the marks usually do.
    • As the show went on, some marks have become Genre Savvy enough to ponder on the possibility that the scenarios they're seeing are staged. The show's constant use of Traci in particular backfired in one episode when a fan of the show recognized her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The marks who do get involved often deliver scorching verbal beatdowns.
  • Recognition Failure: At times celebrity guests use disguise when participating in scenarios, but those who do not are still not recognized.
  • Refuge in Audacity: At one point during the Bratty Half-Pint scenario listed above, they had the actress playing their mother get up and leave the kids to take a phone call. One of the marks later lampshaded it, saying it was too ridiculous to believe.
  • The Reveal: "Hi, I'm John Quiñones, and this has all been a part of a TV show called What Would You Do?..."
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Many scenarios have this. It was notable in an episode that had actors playing a polygamous family similar to those from the real life FLDS controversy in Texas.
  • Rousseau Was Right: The show likes to showcase when this trope is played straight, and people stick up for random strangers or perform acts of kindness for them, but it doesn't always happen. On at least one occasion, an actor had to shift from aggressor to protector because a random person took the role before he could.
  • Secret Test of Character: The show performs wide-scale versions of these in public places. The name itself points to this trope: "in this situation, what would you do?"
  • Slut-Shaming: In the episode where a teenage girl attempts to fill a birth control prescription. Everybody (including the actress playing the girl) agrees that she should just wait to have sex. The problem with this is that this sort of medication is prescribed for many things including bad cramps, PCOS, endometriosis, and acne.
  • Special Guest:
    • Dr. Mehmet Oz appeared in one episode.
    • Barbara Corcoran has appeared as herself, and a scenario in which the actors play prospective Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? contestants who openly attempt to cheat on the entrance exam, host Meredith Vieira appeared as herself.
    • Ashley Graham in the Weight Woe episode at the restaurant.
  • Spin-Off: Would You Fall For That?, which is essentially the lighter, less serious version.
  • Take That, Critics!: Quiñones started an episode by playing an angry voicemail from a female viewer in Arizonanote , which told the reporter to "go back to Mexico." Quiñones, who is a seventh generation American citizen, took the crew to a restaurant on the Arizona/Mexico border and recorded people coming to the defense of undercover actors (and an undercover Quiñones himself) being racially profiled by a Caucasian actor. At the end of the segment, they played back the voicemail and contrasted it with the footage of the Arizonan Good Samaritans, and the rhetoric seemed to convey a huge "screw you" to the naysayer.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Some of the scenarios have a teacher preying on a teenage student. Interestingly enough, the Sexy Mentors are Always Female.
  • Teens Are Monsters: WWYD has had quite a few scenarios revolving around kids and teens behaving in a horrible manner.
  • Teen Pregnancy: A recurring backdrop for scenarios such as a discussion about whether or abort and another with potential adopters.
  • Title Drop: Typically, Quiñones asks the question before introducing a segment, but it also happened in the middle of the aforementioned 419 Scam scenario:
    The Mark: I can't tell you what to do, but I wouldn't do it...
    Actress: What would you do?
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Some scenarios involve an individual being peer pressured into doing something very risky or outright bad.
  • The Unfair Sex: This trope is made clear when WWYD Gender Flips a scenario.
    • For example, the show once staged a domestic spat in a park.
      • When the man was one the aggressing one, several people called the police. The man just had to yell at the woman to elicit response.
      • This very example is used to prop up deconstructions of Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male. The man just had to yell at the woman to elicit response. After the Gender Flip, however, most passersby chuckled and assumed he had it coming. The woman ended up beating the man over the head with a newspaper, and even then the only people who did anything were a group of female joggers, who gave the woman a warning and secretly hung back to see if she followed. When she started hitting him again, they called the cops. Disturbingly, another woman called the abusive actress a "role model" for women. And one of the men who ignored it was an off-duty cop.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Played for Laughs in one scenario, which had a little girl swearing and Flipping the Bird, without knowing what they really mean.
  • Weight Woe: Many episodes and scenarios deal with bullying the obese.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The show will often interview various people off the street on what they would do in a certain situation, then contrast it to with what other people actually do when witnessing the situation on hidden camera.


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