Friday, July 16, 2010

ABC 20-20 "What would you do?" and "real estate racism"

ABC 20-20’s “What Would You Do?” with John Quinones, (link) presented a couple of particularly interesting situations tonight, July 16.

It opens with an experiment in “real estate racism.” At a home sale open house in northern New Jersey, an actress (pretending to be the realtor) shuns African American and Muslim couples who come, in front of other guests. Another realtor tries to mediate a bit, and another guest is deeply offended at the host’s “horrific” conduct. It would have been interesting to show a same-sex couple.

There is a spot where an actor pretending to be a man in his 90s has a minor traffic accident and seems confused as to how to drive. The subject of when to take car keys from elderly loved ones is discussed.

There is a situation with “strangelet” men initiating conversations with small children in parks (all actors) to test what responsible adults nearby would do.

There is a bizarre dating situation at Maxwell’s on the Upper East Side (I’ve only been there once).

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