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Episode Of What Would You Do? Tests Reaction To Gay Parent Bashing

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We're honestly very inspired by the number of people who took it upon themselves to help stand up for these families.

Everyone knows the show What Would You Do? and how they test unsuspecting people reactions with moral dilemmas. This time around they pitted a homophobic waitress against a family being parented by a gay couple — in Texas, one of the most conservative red states there is.

The patron responses will surprise you. Go ahead and watch it above.

Wow! Half of the test subjects actually went out of their way to help, whereas most of the rest just kept silent. Only a few actually agreed with the waitress.

And it was so moving to see that gentleman hand her the note… the only word we have for it is inspirational!

Those are the kinds of reactions we need, and nobody should stay silent if something like this is happening. Hopefully with enough reactions like that we'll get to a point where no situations arise where a reaction is required!

Equality for all!

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50 comments to “Episode Of What Would You Do? Tests Reaction To Gay Parent Bashing”



  1. 1

    The first guy who stood up said "life choices"



  2. 2

    I'm not surprised at all, except that more people didn't step up to defend them. Nor would I be surprised to hear that most of the ones who did were faithful Christians. One thing many in the gay community still don't understand is the concept of hating the sin but loving the sinner–which is what we have to do with everyone because we're ALL sinners in one way or another.



  3. 3

    i just want to note that, yes,texas is very republican, but we are not all like that. I am very liberal, know tons of liberals, and even repubs who do not gay bash. It is not as bad as everyone thinks it is here. Some small towns, it is, but not most.



  4. 4

    Re: David B. – So whats your point?



  5. 5

    I can't believe that jerk who high fived her then tried to pretend it was for the food.
    I can only hope that if I ever saw that happening I would have the courage of the people who DID stand up to her.



  6. 6

    I agree that this is incredibly inspiring and I am touched by those who stood up for them —especially the gentleman who handed that woman the note! That was really great of all of those who stood up for that family.

    However, I must point out… Perez, you bother me. It just bugs me that in these situations you say ‘equality for all!’ but when this shit happens to other people who are not gay you don’t say the same thing. I just feel like you are completely one-sided and only care about the things that revolve around you.

    Then again, this is a blog, you can say/post whatever you want. Your behavior and attitudes still bother me sometimes. I think you are a bit hypocritical and judgmental yourself —maybe you should take a look at yourself more and improve, like you said you were. I see you slowly and gradually falling back into your old habits. Just a caution; I know your intentions are good but your words say otherwise sometimes.



  7. 7

    It doesn't surprise me that the New Yorkers didn't speak up bc they always keep to themselves, are more aloof and see weird shit everyday (i.e the subway videos), whereas small town ppl are more outspoken and get involved with the community more.



  8. 8

    The note guy was so touching! I have to agree with him, that it is far too often people keep their mouths shut, look away and ignore an injustice in front of them. It's something I am personally working on, to speak up more instead of staying silent, and kicking myself later for not standing up for myself or someone else. If people would force accountability on others for their actions, this world would be a better place. Accountability is hit or miss in this day and age, especially with the internet where people can say whatever they want, to whomever without consequence.



  9. 9

    Remind me NEVER to visit Texas! OMG



  10. 10

    trust me when i say southern people have NO problem saying whats on their minds! lol



  11. 11

    I live in Texas, born and raised and was real weary on how this would turn out. I didn't think many people would help. But I was surprised. And the guy with the note made me cry. Such an inspiration on how people should treat each other. Let's stop the hate!
    Re: pie107 – lol, exactly! Even if you don't want to hear it.

  12. SuzEQ says – reply to this


    12

    That made me cry!! I was overwhelmed by the love of those who spoke in defense of the couples. Thanks for that, Perez. I needed some restoration of my faith in humanity!



  13. 13

    Perez, thank you SO much for posting this. I was so completely touched and moved to tears by the guy with the note, and wanted to give everyone involved a big hug!



  14. 14

    maybe now you will stop completely stereotyping republicans….but probably not.



  15. 15

    "That was for the food" What a punk and a LIAR!



  16. 16

    Re: jackalexandria – Not everyone acts like that lady…so get over
    your fucking self



  17. 17

    another GAY AGENDA ITEM.

    gay agenda
    gay agenda
    this is not a gossip site anymore.



  18. 18

    Re: David B. – it has never been proven that being gay is a genetic thing.

    so it becomes a life choice due to physical/sexual and emotional abuse as a child.

    look it up.



  19. 19

    Re: Team Kim Richards – Then leave!



  20. 20

    Perez, you assuming all Texans don't support the gay lifestyle is as ignorant as people who believe gays go to hell. It's absurd. Yes, we have conservative values, but a majority of us (this is 2011) have gay friends, family and loved ones that we support. I'm so tired of coming on here and you giving so much crap to Texas strictly because we are mostly a red state. Laura Bush supports gay marriage, but Barack Obama hasn't done anything he "promised" regarding equality, much like George Bush, who didn't promise anything at all. Hop off Texas' jock — we are one of the largest states and you probably have a good portion of fans here.



  21. 21

    Wow that acting is bad.



  22. 22

    Perez…i have never felt more compelled to comment on something on your site until watching this. i visit your site multiple times every day, but this just hit my heart to the point that i created a profile just so i could leave a comment. this video made me cry. it was so inspiring. there is a point in the clip when the actress waitress said that she has a right to her opinion, and my first thought was, "and they have a right to love themselves, each other, and their children!!!" i hate the ignorance in this world. my mom came out after her divorce from my father and her love for myself and my brothers has never changed. and her love for a woman has never made us feel differently about her.

    i sincerely hope that after people watch this, they are more encouraged to stand up for those being discriminated against; whether its because of their sexual preference, gender, color, religious beliefs….ANYTHING. thank you for sharing this.



  23. 23

    Re: southernbell02 – I wouldn't want to visit a state where I could be refused service for being gay. Thanks for your advice, but you have no idea!

  24. SusiV says – reply to this


    24

    That was so touching, it made my eyes water.
    I'm not gay, but I believe in love, and it hurts to see people still treat gays like this. Even if it's just acting, it was disgusting and wanted to punch her in the face.
    The man that handed the note, I didn't think there were any men left like that.



  25. 25

    Re: Team Kim Richards – you realize that not everyone who is gay was abused? but youre probably just a dumb troll.



  26. 26

    i live in Brooklyn, NY and i would have said something and left. To see that people in my own state, where we pretty much all think that we are equal and accept people for who they are not what they are, to see that so little people stood up for them, I'm truly disgusted. Also the man that gave the actress, who is gay in real life, is truly amazing and brought tears to my eyes. Everyone knows how it feels to not be accepted..why is it deemed "ok" to not accept someone who is gay. I feel for them everyday bc I know how they feel, having friends who are gay. I know if anyone did that in front of me, they would definitely learn their lesson.



  27. 27

    most of the people who stepped in were also homos.



  28. 28

    Re: gregoryschmo – if s/he's a dumb troll, then you are even dumber for responding.



  29. 29

    Re: Team Kim Richards – You're kidding right?! I really hope so. What you just said is that anyone who is gay is bc they've been abused. that is absurd and I'm pretty sure everyone would agree with me. How many gay people are there in the world? You think they've all been abused?? Your should really just speak about what you know.



  30. 30

    Farmer's Branch is a suburb of Dallas and when you are that close to a city, you get more and more liberal people. Dallas does have a large gay population. I am from Dallas, born and raised, and most of my friends would never ever gay bash and I would like to think a lot of them would take a similar stand. I was scared to watch this video thinking that the people were going to be just awful but I am so proud so many people took a stand.



  31. 31

    It's really not that impressive or encouraging when you consider that all three men who stood up for the gay woman couple were clearly gay. I'm not positive on the first guy but the other two were flaming.
    And no one stood up for the gay man couple.
    This show is just fuckin retarded already. YES, we get it! Sometimes people do the right thing, mostly they don't. It's just the same show over and over but w/ different topics. It's pointless by now.



  32. 32

    the guy with note has a heart as big as texas, what a man….. If we could all be like him!



  33. 33

    Re: jackalexandria – HEY DUMBASS I LIVE IN TEXAS SO NOT ALL OF US ARE LIKE THAT…AND I FOR ONE DONT WANT YOUR FUCKING ASS HERE



  34. 34

    Wth Donovan.. now i'm tearing up.. that note and quote was fantastic.
    It's sad that i'm a new yorker and i'm pretty ashamed that with the same setup no one said anything like the texans did.

    the lady at the end is so cute awww..lol



  35. 35

    Re: Team Kim Richards – Actually it was be proven that you can be born gay Dumbass. You hate gays because your ashamed for being gay.



  36. 36

    I live in Lubbock TX and I have not had one problem with someone being hateful towards me when i am with my bf somewhere. Its just the older people and retired people that have a problem with it. In fact Texas Tech university has a strong and large PFLAG club that even puts on very popular drag shows to raise money.



  37. 37

    WOW, what a powerful show. Thank you ABC, Thank you John Quinones,
    This was a great show, and There are people out there who are decent humans.



  38. 38

    As a gay parent I have never experienced this kind of judgement, but my family has had a meal paid for by an anonymous person at a restaurant with the comment that we were a great family. It was extremely touching…



  39. 39

    Re: SusiV – that's kind of a disparaging remark against men



  40. 40

    Re: southernbell02 – I think they were saying that they wouldn't want to live there because it is legal for gays to be refused service. Would you want to live in a place where you could be refused human rights with no legal support?



  41. 41

    Alabama
    Alaska
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    Colorado
    Florida
    Georgia
    Idaho
    Indiana
    Kansas
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Michigan
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nebraska
    North Carolina
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Pennsylvania
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Utah
    Virginia
    West Virginia
    Wyoming

    All states that can refuse service to LGBTs. This is insane!



  42. 42

    Re: mattavina – no the dumb ass was saying they wouldnt want to visit Texas….i know its not fair that people can be turned away from eating somewhere….but for that person to think that everyone in Texas acts like that is rude and stupid



  43. 43

    Now in days we are too busy judging other people for what we THINK is wrong that we do not look at our own lives to realize what we ARE doing is WRONG.

    No one has the right to judge anyone especially when it comes to LOVE!

    The should not have blurred that old guy so that the world can judge him for his despicable behavior!



  44. 44

    Hi Perez, I haven't been on your site for a while. But I am so glad I came back. This post is so beautiful, it literally brought me to tears. Thank you so much for posting and showing that even people you wouldn't expect to stand up for equality truly have hearts of gold. Thank you thank you thank you thank you.



  45. 45

    Re: Team Kim Richards
    TROLL IN THE DUNGEON!



  46. 46

    This is so beautiful. After living in the South for two years and having to adjust to the culture (compared to the Philadelphia/NJ area I lived in prior) this is a relief to me. Here I'm always judged for having a strong liberal opinion, especially for the gay community. So now I know there's good people everywhere, a gay person, couple or family should never have to feel like no one has their back.



  47. 47

    Re: southernbell02 – let me spell it out for you moron. There are laws in place that allow refusal of gay customers in Texas. Thats why i made my comment. The lady in the clip was an actress you twit.



  48. 48

    Re: mattavina – Thank you mattavina, that was exactly what I was saying. : )



  49. 49

    Re: harrycontests – VERY WELL SAID harrycontests!



  50. 50

    Re: jajajayme – Yeah, and I think it is interesting that the coward didn't want to be on TV.