According to Wikipedia, the television show titled “What Would You Do?” is a syndicated series in which actors create scenes of “conflict or illegal activity in public settings while hidden cameras videotape the scene.” The focus of each episode is to determine if and how bystanders intervene. Episodes often include variations of scenarios to “determine how an actor’s gender, race, or clothing influences bystander reactions.” During each episode, ABC News correspondent John Quiñones interviews bystanders about their reactions.
What would you do if you witnessed someone being insulted for their illness, disability, injury, or adversity? How do you think others would react if they saw someone being insulted for their illness, disability, injury, or adversity? The show “What Would You Do?” created scenarios to test reactions of bystanders. Although the following video does not include enough evidence to suggest the reactions are typical across the United States, North America, or the entire world, the video proved to me that silence can be more offensive than insults.
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If you have advice for anyone who has been, or is being, insulted because of their illness, disability, injury, or adversity, please leave a comment below this post.
Thanks to Deb Webb who used the video in her post on Brain Buddies; ABC News for agreeing to produce the show “What Would You Do?” that created the scenario used in this post; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.