Primetime: What Would You Do?

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Primetime: What Would You Do? is a television show, constituting one of the formats of the broader Primetime series, and hosted by John Quiñones, in which actors stage scenes of social injustice in public spaces to determine if bystanders, operating under the assumption that the scenes are genuine, will come to the aid of the victims in said scenarios. As an example: one episode features an actor portraying a grocery store clerk with down syndrome, and another portraying a customer behaving rudely towards the grocer due to the slow pace with which they bag their groceries, to determine if any adjacent customers will step in and berate the latter. After a bystander has either intervened or stood by, they are approached by Quiñones, told that the scene was fake, and questioned as to why they responded in the manner they did,

More often than not, at least one bystander will eventually step in to defend the victim and oppose the perpetrator, and let the word go forth that some very inspirational people indeed have been showcased in this manner. Instances of bystanders agreeing with the perpetrator(s) seem to be thankfully rare. However, it can often take a rather disconcerting amount of time before someone deigns to step in. In one episode, in which an assault on a Hispanic man was enacted, it took over half an hour before anyone came to his aid. Had the scene been real—the man would most likely have been killed. In another particularly disturbing episode, a succession of three different people—a black man, a white man and a white woman—pretended to rob a bike. Whereas the black man was reprimanded almost immediately, people by and large let the theft on the part of the white man slide, and when the white woman did it; people would actually offer to assist her in the theft![1]

A polite recommendation: live your life as though you were on this show! If you ever spot someone suffering discrimination; don't just stand there, go and defend them! That is unless you feel it would be dangerous to step in or would exacerbate the already tense situation or result in a bunch of nearby Trumpflakes calling you a social justice warrior. But then again, the latter should be an encouragement to step in. So, go and defend them! Onward, Justice Soldier!

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