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Fake Tiger Mom Causes Real Screaming Match At Restaurant

Did you think the whole Tiger Mom controversy was over? Well, always-tasteful ABC show What Would You Do? digs it up and mercilessly flogs its corpse in this segment, in which an actress playing a mean Asian mom berates her daughter as shocked diner patrons look on.

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The whole setup here is so unpleasant that I had to pause the video in the middle and take a breather. We know it's fake, but it's still a kid getting yelled at in a restaurant, and it's uncomfortable to watch as fake Tiger Mom Rachel's insults get more extreme. And although Rachel's using tactics and comments Amy Chua mentions in The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, she's cobbling them all together into a caricature of a mean mom that plays right into anti-Asian stereotype. Also, a nice-seeming middle-aged lady is eventually whipped into a screaming rage by Rachel's continued meanness, all to show ... what exactly? What Would You Do: sowing discord among innocent people and making viewers squirm in discomfort, every Friday at 9.

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'Tiger Mom' Attacks Kid For A-Minus: Would You Get Involved? [ABC]

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I am not a dedicated 20/20 watcher but I remember that I happen to catch an episode a while back on which I believe the "What Would You Do?" segment debuted. I think it was something like shop owners being racist to Muslim women wearing the hijab. It was interesting social observation but nothing too exciting.

I couldn't believe it when I realized that they were making an entire series of this. I remember thinking that they couldn't possible come up with enough real-life "What Would You Do?" moments to make up a whole show. Boy was I wrong! I have occasionally flipped to this while channel searching and I simply cannot believe the shit they come up with! What would you do if the restaurant owner was sexually molesting his hostess on the dining room floor? Would you change your behavior if she was dressed like a whore? What would you do if you witnessed first-hand "Ginger abuse"? What would you do if you overheard a teenager begging her mom for gastric bypass surgery and the mom objected (including what you would do if the mother then turned to you and said "My daughter wants bypass surgery...can you believe it?")? What would you do if you personally witnessed the Nigerian Bank scam in progress?

And I am not making this up...these are the bizarre "everyday situations" they set up!! This has gone from interesting to absurd!