Would You Stop a Dad from Verbally Gay-Bashing His Own Son?S

That's the question posed in the next episode of ABC's bizarre social morality experiment What Would You Do?. They have two actors go into a restaurant, the kid comes out, the dad yells, they wait for someone to intervene.

It doesn't sound like anyone really does, though, because, y'know, it's none of their business.

Suddenly, two men sitting next to our actors are all ears as the conversation heats up.

"There are solutions to this! Long-term therapy! No son of mine is going to be gay!"

As our father continues his tirade, the man nearby is clearly upset. He shakes his head, drums his fingers on the table and his eyes dart back and forth, but will he break his silence?

One of our actors, playing a waiter at the cafe, comes over to find out.

"What just happened?" asks our actor.

"I don't really want to get into it. It's not our business," the man responds.

After 10 minutes went by he didn't say a word, so we decided to find out what he was thinking.

"The responses that the father was giving really, really upset me," he said. "He wasn't understanding anything his son was saying and, you know, he kept telling him he can change it, to go to therapy, this and that."

As to why this patron didn't get involved: "I don't know. They were kind of in the middle of it I guess," he said.

Now, I'm not really sure if we're supposed to be outraged by this or what. The guy's point that it's none of his business sounds about right to this closed-off New Englander, but should it? I don't know if ABC is really looking for a specific answer with any of their little stunts — they've done staged scenarios involving gay bullying, gay PDA (they love gay stuff), racism, etc. — or if they just want to say "Hey, look, people can tolerate a lot of cruelty for the sake of staying out of strangers' business." Which, yeah, duh.

What would YOU do?

(Also: How is this show not in copyright violation or something with this show? Get on it, Summers!)

[ABC]