Friday, April 25, 2008
Everyone's talking about this already but I have to commit on it.
ABC News did a social experiment using two men showing PDA
Here's the news piece
Two years ago, ABC News hired two actors, a man and a woman, to publicly display their affection for each other by kissing in public at a restaurant.
This year, we once again decided to explore how the public responds to public displays of affection -- but this time, our couples were gay.ABC News asked two couples, Kaolin and James, and Ashby and Leslie, to sit on park benches in Verona, N.J., and then in Birmingham, Ala., to see if there were any differences in reaction among passersby in the two regions of the country.
Instead of a public park, ABC News brought the couples to a bench in the popular Five-Points section of Birmingham. During the two days of filming, hundreds of people walked by and noticed the couples. A police officer even arrived at the scene after a woman called 911 because she saw Kaolin and James kissing each other in public.
ABC News obtained a copy of her call:
Operator: "Birmingham Police operator 9283"
Caller: "We have a couple of men sitting out on the bench that have been kissing and drooling all over each other for the past hour or so. It's not against the law, right?"
Operator: "Not to the best of my knowledge it's not."
Caller: "So there's no complaint I could make or have?"
Operator: "I imagine you could complain if you like ma'am. We can always send an officer down there."
And they did. One of Birmingham's finest came to Five-Points and spoke with Kaolin and James. Though city officials and the police department signed off on ABC's social experiment, this officer was somehow not in the loop. The officer told our couple that the police dispatch received a call because the two of them were making out.
"Just don't do that in public," he told them before leaving the scene.
It wasn't long before a local Fox news station was reporting that "a national television show was spying on Birmingham."Leave it to Alabama to make such a huge deal. Out of all things to call the cops for. What if someone was truly dying or being attacked, and because of this heifer's 911 call, that person or people died. I know that was extreme, but so what the 911 call. She should have been arrested for that foolishness. I think I'm going down South to stop this mess. I need to gather a coalition because we got to save the South from foolishness. In fact the movement should be called SFF and we start in August.