Spending a day at the beach can be nerve-wracking for people with body image issues.
On the hidden camera show What Would You Do?, an innocent woman is insulted by complete strangers as she sits on a bench at the beach. The bullies in question are a trio of cruel teenage girls.
The teens shout out nasty and hateful comments like, “Oh my God, you are so fat! How could you sit there and eat like this?!” “How do you get that fat?” “Look at the porker.”
All of the ladies in this scenario are hired actors, but the unsuspecting passers-by have no idea it’s all a set-up. The actresses harassing the woman end up tapping into their own insecurities, making the experiment that much more powerful.
People standing nearby can hear the horrid comments loud and clear, but sadly, most ignore the situation. However, several individuals decide to step in and do something about it.
The most horrified outsider is a mother carrying her child who comes to the woman’s defense. Even after she learns it was a set-up, she remains so upset that she breaks down in tears. “I felt really sorry for her,” she cries.
Even the teen actors feel the impact. “It’s getting harder and harder to go on with no one stopping us,” one says.
This experiment does a great job of shedding light on body image and societal pressures to look a certain way. I commend the people who interrupt the teens and stick up for the woman.
Check out the video below