1. says

    these programs spark divisive reactions in many viewers, for differing reasons.

    but there’s light at the end of the Tunnel of Hatred: progress is happening. we’re seeing more people come out as Transgendered, and with that we’re seeing more understanding, and one of the things that warms my heart most with what PFLAG is doing is seeing parents and family proudly embracing and supporting the Transgendered/Transitioning family and friends.

    we’re all in it together.

  2. TC says

    I hate these shows with a passion. I do not think it is right to play with the emotions of innocent. I also don’t like pulling the wings off flies, but I bet the producers of this show enjoy that immensely.

    One of these days, someone is going to be seriously hurt during one of these staged confrontations.

  3. Lucas H says

    Just my opinion, but I don’t like this show, I don’t like its entire premise of setting people up. At first I found it interesting, but it eventually started to bother me. There’s something sort of wrong about it.

  4. princely54 says

    I don’t like the set ups either, but in the end MAYBE it does communicate tolerance to some people. Maybe they see the light if their on the fence about these issues.

    Although, I do fear some wingnut bastard on the show going to their car to get a gun sometimes….

  5. Mike8787 says

    This show is painfully self-congratulatory, and gives a false impression of societal responses to the LGBT community. Every time one of these tapings goes on, they seem to only find accepting people.

    Unfortunately, the transgender community does not face as understanding an audience. Many are kicked out of their homes, evicted from apartments, fired from jobs. This show falsely conveys the impression that the world is generally accepting of trans people, when in reality, they face incredible discrimination on a daily basis.

    It would do the community a better service if they showed the intolerance, and forced people to reckon with it, rather than showcasing “good” responses that seem focused on patting the audience on the back for being “so caring.”

  6. FernLaPlante says

    I really can’t stand this show. Having actors yell at each other and cause a scene really doesn’t prove anything. It’s the worst type of info-tainment.

  7. says

    while i’d love to believe that the remaining “confused people” in society would take the time to do the remarkably simple task of using their computer’s search engines to view videos of ACTUAL transpeople and their ACTUAL families sharing their actual, personal, stories and experiences (of which, online, there are many) – the reality is that most folks don’t take it upon themselves to learn about things they don’t know.

    youtube is a brilliant resource – you can find countless videos of transpeople talking about their expeirences: the Good and the Horrid. videos with their families, talking about the journey from confusion and anger to love and celebration.

    i’d love to think a doc or in-depth news episode about those experiences would enlighten viewers, more than this type of tabloid-TV: YET – we live in a time of the real housewives of _________. this is what people are tuning into to. i dont’ like it, but part of me is at least relieved that despite my being unimpressed with these shows, at least the topics of gender identity and gender-expression are being presented on prime-time television.

  8. says

    I like the idea of punching people in the face. If I ever see really over the top injustice going on in public, I will rush over and just start beating everyone involved. That way when the camera crews expose themselves and let me in on the bit, I can pretend that I didn’t assume they would be filming a show. Whammo, free beat down on terrible actors.

  9. melvin says

    Honestly what I would do if they ever trapped me in some sleazy strip mall is go postal on Quinones and his crew. I’m talking body parts everywhere.

    A great season finale.

  10. alex says

    Reality TV masquerading as social science research is dangerous. In academia, all social science experiments just be approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This step ensures that study subjects and bystanders are not harmed.

    Nothing on this TV show would ever be approved by an academic IRB. The biggest issue the bystander who witnesses the conflict but never finds out it’s fake. (Doesn’t really apply to this clip. But, many of these scene are in restaurants where someone might only see part of the scene before leaving.)

  11. Mary says

    I’m not a fan of trying to fool people by showing them a situation, getting their reacion, and then tellng them they’ve been set up. This was the premise behind the show “Candid Camera” in the 1960’s when I was a kid. And I thought it was horrible then also. At the time I didn’t know that the incidents were shown on TV only with the approval of the people who were filmed. It used to make me angry. I thought “What jerk thought up this idea for a TV Show, to fool people and then laugh at them in front of millions of strangers?”

    On another note, any parent who would denounce a son or daughtr in public like that is a POS – period.

  12. anon says

    What would I do? I wouldn’t watch this tired premise of a show for one thing.

    This is definitely an update on the “candid camera” vein, which often went straight for easy laughs but sometimes had “lost kids trying to find their parents” or other serious scenarios.

  13. Mary says

    I love it when the intelligent, thoughtful, Little Kiwi shows up. Can we hear more from this guy and less of the Kiwi who tells everyone to die in a car fire, talks about people’s dead parents, and obsesses about people using the internet as a burka? On it’s better days, the “Kiwi show” is one of Towleroad’s main attractions.

  14. Mike says

    “What Would You Do?” a sixty minute primetime ABC show started off and is STILL billed “as a hidden camera program featuring artificial situations in public and social settings designed to gauge the reaction (or lack thereof) of regular citizens.” Being WELL FUNDED and certainly ARTIFICIAL are constant, however it is in pursuit of ever HIGHER RATINGS and now seems to aim at pure HATE as its goal! It is arguably the most confrontational TV show no matter who it hurts. Look at these other examples of this excuse of a show from some of the television listings: – Same sex parents are at a restaurant with their adopted children, though the waiter attempts to kick the family out of the restaurant claiming that they are “messing up their kids.” – A pompous club promoter denies people entry into a club based on their appearance, and is rude, condescending and mean to people. Others in line either step up to defend the victims of the rude behavior or stay silent.
    – A “flamboyant” hair stylist destroys women’s hair. Other clients see the interaction and try to rectify the situation.
    – A transgendered woman named Carmen Carrera works at a diner and begins to serve a loyal customer and ultimately informs him that she used to be a man named Chris, during which the customer begins to harass her.
    – A Muslim woman attempts to buy some items from a bakery, though the rude and prejudiced cashier denies any kind of service for her and kicks her out of the store while throwing bigoted comments at her.
    – On a sidewalk, three teenagers beat and taunt a homeless man in front of passersby.
    – A café manager berates, insults, and attempts to kick a breastfeeding mom out of the store, thinking that she is disturbing other customers around her.
    – Various children (different race in each vandalism) vandalize a car.
    – A grocery bagger with noticeable Down syndrome is insulted and yelled at by a shopper, who calls him a “retard”.
    – Multiple men and women of varying races steal items from an open house showing.
    – A young pregnant woman offers her baby to two different couples.
    – A sketch artist creates bad drawings after the customers have already paid.
    – A man accidentally drops an expensive bottle of wine at a liquor store when the manager is not looking. He proceeds to deny responsibility, even blaming other customers and a Latino maintenance employee.
    – A couple bring their children, one of them diagnosed with autism, and a customer gets upset at the autistic behavior and gives the couple unwanted advice, upsetting the diner.
    Etcetera, ad nausium . . . As you can see, the main subjects, not always, but to an alarming degree are LGBT individuals, a race other then white, or just the downtrodden. This is entertainment? No. Each scene at various times can be bigoted, racist, divisive, vindictive, argumentative, or just plain stupid but always showing total HOSTILITY. People, we are better then this! This is just one more reason that zero television households are now growing so much in popularity. (Am certain that you can think of other examples for this trend . . . ) At the end of every ridiculous degrading episode the host, a broadly grinning John Quiñones comes forward to say that IT IS ALL OK. Doubt if they would air it, however just ONCE I would like to see him told off and told the truth that this confrontational for ratings, TV show is NOT OK.

  15. UFFDA says

    Mary, you are too generous. KIWI is the one baby who really should be thrown out with the bath water, especially after the things he’s said to you. All he really does at best is spend his days thoroughly spelling out what any thoughtful person would say if they too had absolutely nothing else to do and no other forum. Towleroad is his life, which means he should get one.

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