New Episode of ‘What Would You Do?’ Features Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon on Discrimination in Sports Based on Sexual Orientation

New Episode of ‘What Would You Do?’ Features Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon on Discrimination in Sports Based on Sexual Orientation


What Would You Do?’ Airs Tuesday, July 14 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC

A new episode of “What Would You Do?” features Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon on discrimination in sports based on sexual orientation. The scenario, featuring a young baseball player being pressured by his coach to stay in the closet to protect his chances at a future professional sports career, airs after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision protecting LGBTQ workers from discrimination in the workplace. “What Would You Do?”airs Tuesday, July 14 (10:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

“What Would You Do?” with anchor John Quiñones reveals how people behave when they think no one is watching by using hidden cameras to record real reactions to thought-provoking scenarios created by actors.

Tuesday, July 14, scenarios include the following:

  • A high school student is out for a meal with his coach after baseball practice. After building up the courage, the young man finally tells his coach he’s gay and says he wants to come out to his teammates, too. The coach advises the student not to come out, saying it would ruin his chances of becoming a professional baseball player. Rippon watches with Quiñones behind the scenes and reflects on his own experiences as the first openly gay Winter Olympian to represent Team USA and win a medal for the United States.

  • A veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is struggling to order food in an Indianapolis, Indiana, restaurant. He apologizes to the staff and explains that he suffers from a brain injury which causes his hands to shake and limits his ability to make decisions. The rude waitress requests that the veteran moves faster and even questions whether he is drunk. Will other diners come to his aid? A veteran from the Disabled American Veterans organization helps inform the scenario behind the scenes by sharing his experiences with a TBI following an injury during his time serving overseas. 

  • A customer in a clothing store, claiming to be inspired by Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method, deviates from Kondo’s positive message as she begins to reorganize the store, removing items from the shelves and tossing them in piles on the floor. What will customers say when she tries to enlist their help?

  • A father is out to lunch with his son and the father asks to borrow money so he can gamble. The conversation quickly turns into an intervention as the young man tells his dad that his gambling addiction is ruining the family. How will others who overhear react?

  • As food and income inequality grows across the country, many families are forced to shop for the least expensive items at the supermarket. A mother is with her child in a Mississippi supermarket. As she purchases foods at reduced prices, another shopper begins to criticize her choices. What will shoppers do?

Ethan Nelson is executive producer; David Sloan is senior executive producer, and Michaela Dowd is director of “What Would You Do?” for Lincoln Square Productions.

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