This particular program, hosted by John Quinones, has actors portraying particular scenarios in public places and then films the reactions or non-reactions of the unsuspecting public on the scene. They've had actors dress in fat suits to see if there is an obesity prejudice among Americans. In another episode, an apparently attractive person and a not so attractive person with the same resumes and qualifications have applied for the same job to see if attractive people have an advantage in the job market. They've had actors portray an abusive relationship to see if anyone will step in and stop the abuser, stepping up the intrigue by changing the appearance of the actors to portray different races and socioeconomic backgrounds. The show seeks to expose racism, sexism, agism, etc., and then asks, "What would you do in this particular situation?" I find folks behavior during these episodes can be surprising at times and predictable at others.
This past Friday they had a teenage boy approach pharmacy patrons asking if they would purchase condoms for him and his girlfriend, who would like to take their relationship to another level. They then had a teenage girl ask patrons to purchase "Plan B" because she failed to use contraception with her boyfriend. "Plan B" is a controversial contraceptive that prevents implantation, thus making it a potential abortifacient. Amazingly, the boy actually had difficulty in getting people from all different walks of life to help him purchase condoms, but the girl had almost no trouble at all, especially when she asked women. I found this very troubling. Why did folks have qualms about helping in one situation, but had no problem at all in possibly murdering an unborn child? Is it because many have not completely thought out what "Plan B" actually does? Or do folks just have their heads in the sand and refuse to acknowledge that is what "Plan B" does? While I do not agree with contraception of any sort and I applaud those, especially the Catholic college professor, that refused to buy condoms for the boy, it is a truly troubling sign of the times that the girl was so easily helped along in such a morally and physically dangerous way. If thrown into this scenario, what would you do to keep each of these youngsters from moral harm?