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Watch: Intolerance is Served on 'What Would You Do?'


On ABC News' latest What Would You Do?, John Quiñones presented diners with the situation of a waiter serving up some intolerance to families with gay parents. 

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wow, awesome ABC. I'm glad at least a few people decided to say something.

    Posted by: Zack | May 21, 2010 10:23:28 AM

  2. Interesting that the only people who spoke up were and interracial couple and a woman originally from another country.

    Posted by: Dave | May 21, 2010 10:31:36 AM

  3. So the ONLY people who stood up for the gays were immigrants and African-Americans. Now how many deaf ears will that fall on?

    Posted by: crispy | May 21, 2010 10:35:03 AM

  4. Love the Ukrainian woman! We live in America!

    Posted by: Kevinvt | May 21, 2010 10:42:45 AM

  5. I think it's significant that the person who stood up most boldly in defense of the gay couple was a Ukrainian immigrant who obviously has a deeper appreciation for the freedoms this country supposedly espouses. She was ready to fight on behalf of others for that freedom!

    Posted by: sparks | May 21, 2010 10:43:52 AM

  6. I agree with Dave, but his observations doesn't surprise me at all. For most people, they just want to mind their own business.

    We see this far too often, whether in social experiments or real life. People won't stop, won't get involved, and won't stand up. It's a shame.

    Posted by: DR | May 21, 2010 10:44:43 AM

  7. I'm not out. I have social anxiety disorder. I hate confrontation. Yet I have still stood up for gays being harassed in public spaces. Those who don't can come up with all the excuses in the world, but if they really WERE outraged? They'd do something instead of sitting there.

    Posted by: Robert | May 21, 2010 10:48:29 AM

  8. Someone in that place should have had the gumption to turn the tables upside down...throw food, slug the waiter and THEN walk out...

    Posted by: tom | May 21, 2010 10:49:04 AM

  9. Love the Jewish guy that spoke up. Again, those who have felt the hatred, recognize it and fight it.

    Posted by: Bobby | May 21, 2010 10:50:37 AM

  10. I watched this piece. There was also a (white) young guy who got very upset about the discrimination towards the gay parents. He got so upset that the camera crew and Quinones had to run upstairs to introduce themselves because the guy (later) said that he was so tempted of using a knife on the waiter for being such an a$$&@le.

    It was a powerful show and sad at the same time. Not many people would come up to stop the discrimination because (like they said), it was none of their business

    Posted by: Chris in Irvine | May 21, 2010 10:50:38 AM

  11. The other video Chris refers to can be found here:

    Posted by: Wes | May 21, 2010 11:07:25 AM

  12. @ Robert

    That is because you're a decent and compassionate human being who has empathy.

    These people there are not and unfortunately that is a lot of people in this effed up society that we live in.

    Posted by: Rowan | May 21, 2010 11:17:56 AM

  13. Why can't I ever get assholes like these to do shit like this to me? Vital body parts would have gone missing on someone before I leave and it ain't gonna be mine.

    Posted by: SSCHIEFRSHA | May 21, 2010 11:18:51 AM

  14. LOVE the Ukranian lady.

    Posted by: Morgan | May 21, 2010 11:24:00 AM

  15. The Ukranian and the Greek ladies are SUCH characters from movies we've seen.
    Love the Ukranian though :)

    Posted by: topher | May 21, 2010 11:35:30 AM

  16. The guy with the knife is my hero.

    Posted by: topher | May 21, 2010 11:43:48 AM

  17. Oh...why, why, why, does this never happen to us. I am mixed race, male, gay, and in a bi-racial relationship. My husband and I, and our two kids, are always treated like royalty in restaurants.

    Maybe because the waiters smell "Bitches-don't fuck with us" when we walk in!

    Posted by: Brain | May 21, 2010 11:53:56 AM

  18. ...the first mistake is to discuss your personal life with the waiter, the second mistake is to allow the waiter to begin a discussion regarding your personal life, and the THIRD mistake is not to "remind" the waiter that he is a "fucking waiter"...and to go fuck-off and get the food!

    Posted by: Brain | May 21, 2010 11:56:38 AM

  19. I found it interesting that the focus of the reactions was on the discrimination about serving them (which I think is legal for almost any business? to refuse to serve persons for any reason?) but not on the outright bigotry (harming the kids, not normal, etc.).

    If the waiter had expanded his comments to say divorced persons, or single parents, or otherwise weren't good for the kids or normal, I wonder what the reactions would have been.

    For example, if the waiter had a gay table, and a single mom table and made comments similar in nature to both in front of the same crowd, but not refused service, which would have garnered the biggest reaction, if at all, from the bystanders?

    Posted by: Robert in SF | May 21, 2010 11:59:19 AM

  20. I am guessing the inter-racial couple had faced similar discrimination themselves.

    Posted by: Puddy Katz | May 21, 2010 12:17:06 PM

  21. It is actually illegal to refuse to serve individuals [Civil Rights Act 1964] for any reason [for those protected classes listed in the legislation] [without just cause]; unfortunately, except for sexual orientation.

    So technically they could have refused to serve the couples, but that depends on that particular State [some States have expanded protections to sexual orientation].

    But the lesson here should be how to conduct yourself in any public arena: always have the upper hand by setting the pace and tone of the discussion.

    In this case, a waiter is a waiter, not Oprah Winfrey!

    Posted by: Brain | May 21, 2010 12:18:54 PM

  22. That was really sobering.

    Posted by: Geoff M | May 21, 2010 12:21:15 PM

  23. it reminds of a situation i got into very shortly after 9/11. i was in the locker room at my gym and there was an altercation between a couple of guys-one was european, one was from the US. the american guy kept going on & on about "fucking foreigners this, fucking foreigners that" until i got so fed up that i suddenly just shouted something like "ok, i've had just about enough of your xenophobic bullshit" or something to that effect.

    it escalated to the point that i had to get the gym management to come down and revoke the guy's membership.

    i hate that kind of crap and won't put up with it, ever.

    Posted by: alguien | May 21, 2010 12:22:12 PM

  24. The sickest part of all this - is the reality THAT IN ALMOST 1/2 THE STATES IN THIS COUNTRY...THE US OF A.....LGBT AMERICANS CAN BE DENIED SERVICE IN RESTUARANTS - JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE LGBT....EFF'ING DIGUSTING!!!! Liberty & Justice for All my ass,,,,EMPTY MEANINGLESS WORDS...that make America sound better then it actually is , in Reality!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | May 21, 2010 12:28:46 PM

  25. Love to have segregation back, and see how those hipocrites would act out. FUck everyone at the restaurant....idiots.

    Posted by: Bosie | May 21, 2010 12:56:37 PM

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