ABC’s hidden camera, ethical dilemma series What Would You Do? ruins the meals of ordinary people by putting them in incredibly awkward social situations where sociopaths publicly declare the sorts of racist, misogynistic, and homophobic things you’d expect to hear at a frat house kegger. This week they decided to crash land at Norma’s Cafe—a 50s style greasy spoon located in Farmer’s Branch, Texas—and demonstrate just how pissed off Texans can get when a waitress starts running her mouth instead of serving wing dingers.
The show calls Farmer’s Branch a conservative part of Texas, but I assure you, there are no actual farmers in Farmer’s Branch. It’s mostly just mini-malls and suburban homes located at the end of a long strip of clubs, bars, and restaurants called Addison. It’s also just north of Dallas which votes almost 50% democrat.
Plus, the claim that Texas restaurants can refuse gays service is both true and misleading. Though Texas lacks public accommodation laws protecting its LGBT citizens and an El Paso taco joint once kicked out a gay couple for kissing and acting like “ballerinas”, each establishment invokes the right to refuse service to anyone mostly to kick out loud, drunken assholes rather than lezmos spoiling their kids on ice cream.
I’ve been to Norma’s Cafe. It’s usually filled with obese older folks washing down fried pickles, fried chicken livers, and southern fried salads with liter-sized cups of cola and large slices of Mile High Pie. Yeah it’s cool that 23 out of 54 Texas bystanders voiced their support (especially when you consider that less than 12 cold-hearted New Yorkers stood up against homophobia—blue state, my ass). But even the haters at the National Organization for Marriage think the customer reactions have more to do with the waitress acting like an asshole than with the diners supporting gay anything:
No boss, and no customers would tolerate [the waitresses' behavior]. Not even in the “conservative” towns of Texas. Good news for American common sense…
The insidious propaganda point from ABC News is the suggestion that millions of good Americans who believe marriage means a man and a woman because children ought to have moms and dads, would or are behaving like this.
Texas has bigots sure, but from my experience very few of them feel adamantly enough to ruin a community business and everyone’s lunch by broadcasting such hysterical views loud enough for an entire restaurant to hear.
I actually suspect that if the male couple had been poor and Hispanic, that even less people would have cared. But even the video agrees with me when I say that most of the 23 in this case probably defended the the lezmos because hungry Texans hate shitty service.