1. DAVID says

    Had to change the channel because of the overacting. Hard to believe anyone thought it wasn’t staged.

  2. Eric says

    Considering that reparative therapists have been known to kidnap teenagers and hold them against there will, why are you so convinced they wouldn’t be as insensitive/creepy as this guy?

  3. M. Scott Hernandez says

    “Reality” TV hit an all time low last night, thanks to John Quinones and ABC. These diners represent 3% of the population. Stage it in the South and wait for the lynch mob.

  4. nick says

    Really awful television-trivializing a serious situation but that is the kind of entertainment America likes. So sad..
    As for the psychological damage done to a person struggling with their sexual identity-what better way to insult the situation and try to pass it off as “serious” treatment. It would be laughable if it weren’t so totally inappropriate.

  5. AJ says

    I don’t think any of you give people enough credit. The world really is coming around. The bigots getting louder and louder is a sign of progress. It’s their death knell. I don’t think anyone who isn’t seriously disordered would find this okay. Cheesy acting or not. The Muslim couple is an exception to the rule and even their son thought it was wrong.

  6. Paul R says

    I’m pretty sure there’s no point to this type of stuff. It’s just exploiting people. The outcome is nice enough, but still. And throwing in Gaga bordered on the surreal.

    The big guy mocking the sweater vest was funny, though.

  7. says

    SO hard to watch. SO overdone.
    Then the fat New Jersey guy goes, “NO THIS IS WHAT SOME CREEPY GUY IN A SWEATER VEST DOES . . .”
    And the flood of redeeming laughter bursts out of me, and all is right with the world.
    Take that, Rick Santorum!

  8. Joseph Singer says

    It doesn’t matter if there’s real truth to it. It’s made for TV “reality” which has nothing to do with the real world. It’s the vehicle to sell anti-acid or body anti-stink product.

  9. K says

    I don’t care how bad the acting is, how unrealistic the scenario is, or what they’re selling, even if this show gets one anti-gay person to think differently about homosexuality, I’m for it. Props to John Quinones for taking on the treatment of gays in so many episodes of his show.

  10. Caliban says

    I’ve seen a few of the WWYD? segments posted here and on other gay news blogs but I didn’t watch this one. For me personally, whatever benefit that might be derived from showing “average” people standing up to verbal homophobes is ruined by the sleazy and manipulative tactics.

    The Germans (of course) have a word, fremdsch√§men, which describes being so embarrassed by someone else’s behavior that it makes YOU feel uncomfortable. Humiliation by proxy, basically. That’s why I can’t watch “reality TV.” I’m so appalled FOR them that being appalled BY them doesn’t bring me any pleasure!

    In these WWYD? segments I can’t help but think about how uncomfortable and tense I’d be as a witness to these staged scenarios and how if I stood up to the “homophobe” (which I would probably do, because I’ve done it before in situations that weren’t staged) I would be absolutely FURIOUS to discover it was some psycho-drama set up by a TV show for entertainment or some vague notion of public benefit. It’s creepy and it makes me very uncomfortable.

    But now I may have to actually watch the d*mn thing just to hear the Jersey guy crack on sweater vests! ūüėČ

  11. Anthony says

    If you’re interested, there was a segment done in a Southern State vs. New York about a Gay Couple/Lesbian Couple with children eating in a diner and a waitress freaking out. More people spoke out about the waitress’ actions in the Southern State

  12. JJ says

    Seriously? All most of you have is bitter comments? Sure, you’d not likely see that in NYC or SF or LA, but most people don’t live in those cities. The fact that people spoke up rather than sat back and said nothing is promising. Maybe we need to stop thinking that the world is a miserable place and recognize that some steps forward are being made.

    When I saw this I thought…how amazing is it that an average guy–clearly straight–stood up and said to the clearly gay kid…be yourself…you’re who you’re supposed to be. You wouldn’t see that when I was growing up.

  13. Tribyen says

    @Caliban – I like the word. I’ve actually seen the term “second-hand embarrassment” used to describe this in English (on the internet).

  14. Tyron says

    I fail to understand the value of these phony set-up situations. Don’t people watching realize that those “unsuspecting” diners have to sign a release so that ABC can use whatever portion of the action they are involved in? Do you think that some right wing wack job is going to sign off on something that will make him look like a blazing fool on national TV?

    The really horrific, and possibly violent, stuff is never aired because those involved are smart enough to refuse to sign the release. What you get is the sugar coated version of what really happened. Yep, every once in a while someone goes off the deep end but I’ve never seen it escalate to the level that I’ve personally experience first hand.