ABC’s show about people getting hassled in restaurants has a curious twist

ABC’s show about people getting hassled in restaurants has a curious twist
Image: ABC News

According to the Daily Mail, ABC is devoting a segment of its hidden camera series “What Would You Do?” to the no-longer-uncommon experience of people being hectored in a restaurant because of the political views they hold.

Based on the description, you might expect that the show includes clips of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders being ejected from the Red Hen in Virginia or of a flash mob harassing Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen as she died at a Mexican restaurant in D.C. But you’d be wrong.

Instead of using actual footage of these and other actual incidents in which restaurant patrons were bullied and, in one case, physically assaulted because of their political leanings, ABC hired actors to dramatize the experience using actors.

But that’s not the only difference. According to the network’s press release for tonight’s tonight’s show, the actor playing the customer shows up twice at the café. The first time he is wearing “Make America Great Again” hat. The second time, he wears an “Impeach 45” t-shirt.

Image: ABC News

When the man shows up in the t-shirt, the manager tells him, “As long as you’re wearing that shirt, we won’t serve you. He won the election, let him do his job.” The “customer” protests, insisting he is entitled to his own opinion.

It is at this point that real customers chime in, one urging the manager to “call the police.”

I’m not sure why the network decided on two versions of the scenario. Maybe it is trying to take an “equal time” approach — show that people on both sides of the political spectrum can behave like jerks. If so ABC should be advised that so far the victim in these incidents has always been a Trump supporter.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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