The internet is a buzz this week with a clip from ABC’s “What Would You Do?” hosted by John Quiones.

WWYD involves using everyday people to catch their reactions to situations involving actors. Typically, the people used in the segments are helpless or less powerful.


Last week’s episode featured a black actress playing a hairstylist at a Harlem barbershop. The hairstylist is flirting with the black guy who’s sitting in her chair, but then his white girlfriend comes into the scene.

The stylist immediately starts making fun of the relationship and makes rude comments about the white woman. Only one other person stood up for the white woman, ironically, it wasn’t her boyfriend, but another customer.

Take a look at the video:

Since the airing, the video has gone viral. There have been comments about “reverse racism” and how the hairstylist acted in typical black woman hating fashion.

But no one has discussed why the man didn’t stick up for his girlfriend, or why she didn’t stick up for herself? Sure, it was an act, but in real life, would this really have happened?

Clutchettes, what do you think of the video? How would you have reacted in that situation?

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  • j

    i can’t speak for everyone but my problem is that in all my years of living, I have never once seen this happen, I don’t know this programme, but I wonder if they get their scenarios from comedy skits in ridiculous movies, cos thats what this one looked like.

    • Oh Please

      No way, in a real Black barbershop nobody would even look sideways at that White girl. Most Black folks are still too cowed around White people to express negative thoughts openly even if they’re thinking them (centuries of state-sponsored terrorism will do that to you!) Plus having lived in both Black and White communities, Black people are mostly laidback about allowing people of other races into their communities, as long as they stay cool and behave respectfully. It’s not like we historically had a choice anyway. It’s the middle-class White folks who are most invested in policing their communities and making sure no “outsiders” get in. They do this not through open hostility (not nowadays at least) but through subtle condescension and institutional means.

      That TV scenario is something that *never* happens IRL and was only created to reinforce harmful “angry jealous Black woman” stereotypes. It’s just propaganda.

  • Co.

    Here are my opposing opinions, which I always seem to have.

    I hate that this skit implied that a white woman walking into a black establishment would be bullied like that in real life. In the deepest of south, IF (because it will probably never happen) a white woman walked into a black establishment, she would be embraced by someone, and even if there was that 1, 2 or 3 black women who felt uncomfortable with her, they wouldn’t confront her in this manner.

    I’m not saying it has never happened, I’m just saying it’s highly unlikely.

    Secondly, I hate that this skit promotes the reverse racism thing. Is it wrong to second guess a race who’s constantly making your race feel inferior? If that is even racism? and if reverse racism does happen to exist, it would not be displayed in such a manner. African American people don’t just go around criticizing people for their race! Why promote something that if it is not true!

    Lastly, I love that the people who stood up for this woman, did what they did to prove that REAL black people are not like what the actress was paid to display. Regardless of if they stood up for a white woman, black woman, asian, etc, they stood up for someone but also showed the viewers that AA people ARE NOT what the world wants to portray us as.

    I agree that to rise up as a community, we don’t have to hate another. Hating someone else does not affect the amount of Love I have for myself.

    • Oh Please

      THANK YOU. Nobody seems to be noticing this actress wasn’t portraying a “racist bigot” (although this show is trying its damnedest to pretend “Black racism” is a thing!) She was portraying a negative, harmful and inaccurate stereotype of an “angry jealous Black woman”. Meanwhile the real Black women in the scenario were not on board with that mess at all.

      Everyone who’s ever been to a real Black barbershop knows nobody would harass that White girl and nobody would EVER disrespect themselves or their community by spewing the nonsense coming out of that actress’s mouth. Her lines sounded like some racist White writer’s parody of what an “angry Black woman” would say. What does that tell you about the motivations of these TV producers?

  • simplyme

    Truth is this scenario probably would never have happened in real life. I think the reactions of the women around the actors showed that the “jealous black woman” stereotype is just not true (or its just not as common as people tend to think). This is similar to people assuming Michelle Obama was pissed while Obama was taking pictures with the Danish prime minister… that was until the photographer finally revealed that Michelle was just joking with them a few seconds before that photo was snapped.

    It really isn’t fair. I’m not sure why people are so intent on that image of the Black woman.

  • TheKnowerseeker

    The white woman was waiting to see if her black boyfriend is a racist or not; if he’s not a racist, he would speak up in her defense; if he is a racist, then he would go along with the black woman’s racial harassment. Obviously the guy is a racist, because he didn’t defend his girlfriend, and the white woman is a fool to remain with him.

    • Tara

      TheKnowerseeker — I bet that you are a white woman. What you just stated made no sense whatsoever.

  • @ Eva I love this show cause it proves my point when I have a hard time pointing out the phantom menace of prejudice and racist action. It’s not a perfect show, but what is perfect

    You can force feed people stuff any which way doesn’t mean they will still get it. All the racism displayed on this show or in the news and it is still people that believe this is a post racial society. This show is definitely far from perfect especially when it using a situation like that most likely won’t happen for rating. I don’t like this show because I know where it was going when I use to watch it. Do they truly want to educate about prejudice and racism or do they just want people want to sit up situation that will keep people tuning in. Like someone else said I found it amazing that they did do the opposite of this situation.