Friday, February 25, 2011

TRA: "What Would You Do?"

ABC News has a "What Would You Do?" series where they have an acted-out scenario in public to see how people will react.  This week they tackle transracial adoption:
What would you do if you witnessed one woman berating her friend for having adopted a child of another color? "What Would You Do?" decided to find out.

Waiting at the counter of Mastoris Diner in Bordentown, N.J., our actress Traci watches the door, awaiting her friend, Diana, another WWYD actress. Both women are white. Diana plays a woman who has recently "adopted" a little girl (also an actress, who understands that the harsh words she may hear are only 'make believe').

Traci is excited about meeting the young girl for the first time, and she talks excitedly to other diner patrons about her anticipated encounter. But when Diana arrives, hand-in-hand with her black daughter, Nyree, Traci cannot hold back her shock and disdain.

"I thought she was going to be white," Traci says to her friend. "It doesn't make any sense. You should have a child that looks like you."

These blunt remarks turn the heads of customers who can hardly believe their ears. But what they don't know is that our "What Would You Do?" hidden cameras are rolling to discover reactions about how everyday Americans view interracial adoptions.
They also do the scenario with an African-American mom adopting a white child and her African-American friend disapproving.  How do you think that scenario will play out?

4 comments:

Dee said...

I think this is a very bad idea. The children used here should not be subjected to listening to that stuff - no matter how many times they're told it's make believe. This is why I hate "reality" TV - it's not real, it's all manufactured drama, and people get upset and/or hurt in these scenarios.

Von said...

Make believe? Not the sort of stuff kids should be taking part in as actresses, shame!
The other aspects are too complex for a short comment.

Anonymous said...

The first little girl, the African American one, was actually adopted. At one point she says to one of the non-actors "this is fake" and the actor mother tells her to shush.
I had the same feeling about the kids being part of the show. Bad idea.

LisaLew said...

Reminds me of when Brooke Shields was in "Pretty Baby" ... way too young to process and experience this ...reality crap! Yes, I said crap!