1. Michael says

    And these same people wonder why a record number of Americans want absolutely nothing to do with American Christianity.

  2. Jmac says

    Normally I’m a fan of this show but this one is ridiculous. I don’t want to see anyone making out in public. Stay home if you can’t control yourself.

  3. Marty says

    I don’t act like that in any restaurant, whether it’s San Francisco or Mississippi.

  4. Rich says

    I want to track down those last two guys and buy them dinner. There is hope for our country after all — even in Mississippi. And I wonder if that fat girl at the end quoting the Bible was eating a shrimp dinner while citing to Leviticus…

  5. CB says

    Swine is an abomination too….looks like a few of the bigots were eating their own!

  6. Buckie says

    Straight people don’t get harassed and kicked out of places for holding hands and kissing.

    If you can’t handle people kissing in public, YOU stay home.

  7. Anon says

    Ok so far JMAC is serving disingenuousness. Like, I would be totally offended if straight football stars had a cake suck in front of cameras with their girlfriends… That never happens and I would totally be offended and complain if it did…

    And ALAN is a sockpuppet of AJ? AJ’s comment is word salad, so I’m assuming it’s AJ as ALAN (sockpuppet) agreeing with himself. This table forces my position swim transformation. 21st century!

  8. NVTodd says

    The college student that spoke-up for the actors playing the gay couple re-affirmed my hope for humanity.

  9. Michael says

    Did you guys even watch this episode all the way? The made sure to have a straight couple do that exact, same thing as the gay couple and the patrons were fully supportive of that straight couple.

    The best part of this episode is the person who is most upset by how the treatment of the gay guys, the person who is clearly visibly shaken, is the young, straight college male.

  10. George says

    This video shows how homophobia is intergenerational. Sadly, people who say that the youth of the future will be more accepting are ignoring reality. One example in this video of the group of youth giving thumbs up to the anti-gay actress, taking video of the gay couple, laughing at the gay couple, etc.

    Look at the Ugandan kids in mobs singing ‘bye bye homosexuality’

  11. George says

    In addition, I do think those two straight college dudes were pretty awesome.

    Forgive my cynicism, but I wonder long they had to run that social experiment to get a positive response like that. Weeks? I’m thinking it took weeks to get some real people to defend the gay couple.

  12. Martin says

    Christians are SUCH wonderful people. You can tell them by the fetid stench of their rotten, decayed, rancid fruit.

  13. billydee4 says

    I grew up in Chicago in the 50s and 60s. All through my childhood I heard the same type of comments about interracial couples
    “It’s disgusting. It makes my skin crawl. It’s against the bible.” It’s time to get over it.

  14. petey says

    Restaurants are for eating food, not eating lips. Keep the smooches at home. Same should apply to straights.

  15. 2AMOR says

    Thank you Andy, for not letting the likes of Daniel Virreroall,Troll for not reporting on this because, it would be two “WHITE PRIVILEGED HOMOSEXUALS”

  16. trees says

    They probably never read the Bible, just heard someone say homosexuality is an abomination to God. Quinones should ask two of them exactly where the Bible says that, not just answer “it’s not Adam & Steve”. Then ask them if they observe every law in the Bible, like obeying their husbands.

    And ask them, too, if the United States should be a Christian theocracy rather than a democracy, and give sound reasons for their answers, not just platitudes.

  17. Zach says

    I find it interesting that the greatest intolerance came from the young women and the young mother. While the older couples were generally opposed to homosexuality, they seemed to have the opinion that it was none of their business. For the most part they ignored it until pressed to discuss it by the actors.

  18. simon says

    Restaurants are for eating food, not for looking at other people and what they are doing.

  19. MIke says

    Make of it what you will but the producers decided to take this experiment to Mississippi’s 17th largest city: one that is 2/3 African American and show only white citizens reacting to the gay couple.

    Now, I am not defending the state at all but why not do this experiment in a college town where you’d see more responses like the two young and accepting straight men? I guess it wouldn’t make interesting television to show more acceptance than just one pair of patrons?

    States like Mississippi need positive role models from their fellow citizens, not reinforcements to legacy bigoted behavior. Thankfully those two young men were a ray of hope for the state but they are probably (and sadly) not enough.

  20. Seth says

    I could not agree more with this comment;

    “Swine is an abomination too….looks like a few of the bigots were eating their own!”

    HYPO-F***KING-CRITE, they should pray that the rate of people not serving a religion stop growing, for about 35 years it has significantly increased and based on many studies it will continue. It is estimate that by 2030, less than half of Christian will remain Christians.

    I don’t think that there’s anything wrong to feel affectionate with your partner at a public place, as long as it’s to vulgar do as you please… Like the HYPOCRITE say that it’s freedom of screech to hate the gays, guess what it’s freedom of speech to make out in public, whether you are gay or straight!!

  21. alex says

    The premise of this show is horrific. ABC News is doing social science research that would never be approved by any accredited college or university.

  22. Fox says

    Straight OR gay — I don’t mind PDA in places like parks, public malls, crowded nightclubs, or just walking down the street, etc. BUT I don’t like seeing it in restaurants, airplanes/buses, parties at peoples’ homes, the theatre, etc.

    As Miss Manners once wrote:

    “Prudery — so common a charge that you anticipate it — has nothing to do with it.
    The reason that onlookers dislike this in life is because it is clear that the loving couple is not interested in others, to the extent of pretending that they are not there.”

  23. Rowan says

    I love the dumb people still commenting because they are desperate to be witchy, when in the comments many clearly state that this did not happen when the straight couple kissed.

  24. Mike says

    The problem with shows like these is that people see what they want to see. If I’m a bigot, then I’ll focus on the times I see behavior on the show that reinforces my beliefs, and ignore the others. So, most of the time, it doesn’t change minds, but just reinforces behavior already present. If I’m a closeted teenager, I probably don’t want my homophobic parents to watch, since they’ll come away saying, “See! Those people agree with me!” Of course, the point of the show isn’t to raise awareness, or even news, but to make money by throwing people into fake situations and surround them by lions.

  25. codyj says

    Saw this show yrs back, same set up, in a south NJ diner …EVERYONE hit on the actor who was playing the bigot,EVERYONE in the diner supported the couple. and NO ONE spouted any stupid fundamentalisms…hmmm, what a difference a thousand miles (more or less) makes

  26. Gigi says

    @RICH — “I wonder if that fat girl at the end quoting the Bible was eating a shrimp dinner while citing to Leviticus…” Actually, gluttony is a sin that’s against one’s body and God. “And put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.” (Proverbs 23:2) “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) God calls gluttony an ABOMINATION, and says it was one of the reasons that the fabled city of Sodom was destroyed. Gluttony along with pride, lying, bearing false witness, shedding innocent blood, devising wicked schemes and stirring up conflict in your community.” (Proverbs 6:16-19) Most of these “christians” have never read a Bible. They just use it to attack others, ignoring the bits that pertain to them.

  27. Scott says

    as to the girls in the last bit with the supportive college guys, it seems it actually a family with a mom and a dad- and looking at the girl’s hairstyles and from the back of their chair -it’s not perfectly clear-but they seem to be wearing skirts- I believe they’re fundamentalist Pentecostal- which is vehemently anti-gay.

  28. Jay says

    Well, no one has ever said that people in Mississippi are very bright. But, still, the level of ignorance exhibited in that restaurant is chilling. At least, the college students showed that there is some hope in that God-forsaken state.

  29. Lucas H says

    OMG, they are lucky they didn’t get lynched. Also: I hate “What Would You Do.” Hate. It.

  30. Mark says

    Two college guys are great. Noticed the one addressed the host John Q. as”Sir” shows respect. Must have been raised by good role models.

  31. Enchantra says

    This show makes my skin crawl, not because it’s exposing anything but because it’s so trite. I fully understand the concept, but I feel that the flaw of the show is that they manufacture the drama. Wouldn’t it have been better to set up the cameras in Vicksburg just to see if anyone would have reacted negatively? Of course, that has the potential to be boring.

    This show simply isn’t realistic. I recall one show where a store clerk treated a black customer badly. I am almost sixty years old and have lived in the South for 50 of those years. I have never seen an American clerk treat a black customer badly. The closest thing I ever saw to that was an Arab store clerk in a San Francisco corner store and he was watching a black person he suspected of shoplifting, because the person was acting suspiciously.

  32. One of the CA 36,000+ says

    @”enchantra”: If you’ve NEVER seen white Southerners mistreat people of color in the South, I’m assuming you’re an acute agoraphobic, or you’ve just emerged from the coma you’ve been in since birth.

    Get. Real.

    White straight Christian Southerners basically treat ALL people who are not white, or straight, or Christian, or Southern, with a pre-mixed blend of fear and hatred covered with a tight grin of Southern genteel smarm and an insincere “well bless your heart” to disguise the fear. Because that’s what they’re carefully taught in church. That’s why I have stayed away from there since I moved out of my parents’ house. And that’s why, when I want to see my mom (my dad’s passed), I make her come visit me and my husband. In California. With my black lesbian neighbor (and her grandkids). And the rich Latinos up the street. And the whole rainbow of families around us– gay, straight, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, white, black,, etc., etc., etc. It blows old Southern folks’ minds. I love it.

  33. simon says

    It depends what it means by “treated badly”.
    If you asked a southerner before the civil rights Acts, whether blacks were treated badly if they were asked to sit at the back of the bus, they would still say no because they think that is the place where they belong.

  34. jexerer says

    “Sodom’s sins were PRIDE, GLUTTONY, and LAZINESS, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. She was proud and committed detestable sins, so I wiped her out, as you have seen.” — Ezekiel 16:49-50

    Don’t look back at Mississipi when you leave it… you might get turned into a pillar of salt.

  35. Carter says

    I’m beginning to think there is a direct correlation between bad hair and body image and homophobia.

    On a serious note, when my husband and I dine out, we do what any happily married couple would do, kiss when the other one arrives, hold hands or pat on the knee intermittently. Straight couples do that and more, incessantly, and you know what, I don’t give crap. Any affection is better than prurient, cold, indifference, and lack of expression. Maybe that contribute to our embarrassing divorce rate.

  36. JD says

    Wow, yeah I got emotional from the college student. Someone give that man the 15 minutes of fame he so rightfully deserves.

  37. RefusingDelivery says

    So people in the comments are still harping on the “…Well I wouldn’t appreciate it if I saw straight couples doing it either in a restaurant.”

    It’s the same thing some of the anti-gay restaurant patrons were saying when interviewed/confronted afterward.

    That premise was tested; they had a straight couple engage in PDA at the restaurant. NOBODY REACTED. When the actress complained to the straight couple in a similar way, EVERYONE supported the straight couple’s right to engage in PDA.

    It was clear they even had the straight couple go further than the gay couple. The gay couple just had one arm around the other, a little nuzzling. That’s it. They had the straight couple REALLY go to town on each other. STILL, the restaurant patrons supported the straight couple “She’s (the actress) just jealous.” one patron said to straight couple.

    Then we have people in the comments saying the same dishonest stuff. Pathetic.

    We all know damn well this is an anti-gay double standard. But anti-gays just keep trudging along with the same lame excuse, even when exposed for the lie it is.

    It’s no wonder so many people in the comments complain about the show. They must not like being exposed as the lying bigots they are.

    The same thing happened with the Michael Sam kiss. That talk show host said ‘Oh I would be offended if straight footballers did it, and they don’t do it.’ Then gays do their homework and show a montage of what a CAKE SUCK REALLY looks like; revealing all the straight footballers sucking face with their female partners and NO STRAIGHTS having anything to say about it.

  38. George says


    Are you seriously contrasting anti-gay US youth influenced by anti-gay American Christians with anti-gay Ugandan youth influenced by anti-gay American Christians?! (That was a rhetorical question, I’m not interested in what YOU have to say)

  39. gr8guyca says

    I am going to be in the minority here, but I don’t like PDA in nice restaurants – either straight or gay. My instinct is sort of, “get a room.” Kissing when you meet, fine. Holding hands, fine. But really making out, sorry.

  40. says

    @GR8GUYCA and others: I’m not a fan of this set-up show, but the issue wasn’t whether PDA’s are acceptable or unacceptable in restaurants but whether there is a double standard for same-sex PDA’s vs opposite-sex PDA’s. There sure was here: straight PDA’s no problem with the local idiots; gay PDA outrageous! It took the young straight guys to see the double standard for what it is: crazy and ignorant.

  41. Saturnalia says

    The most interesting thing is that the actor is as I can see gorgeous Ben Baur from Hunting Season, who is actually gay. I wish it get a second season now that Eastenders also did.

    I am so shallow… but i really like him. I am interested whether the other actor is also gay…