I read this article given to me by a Twitter friend, Donna and after reading and knowing that what John Quiñones used to do when he was a local reporter here in Los Angeles, there were several questions in my mind that need to be answered by Mr. Quiñones and ABC Television.
First of all, why Texas? This is an easy one to answer. Because the liberal media perception of Texas is its a state full of “redneck cowboy racists and bigots” therefore, perhaps if they went to “The Big Texan Steakhouse” because this is where all those cowboy bigots would surely congregate and they would out them on national television, thus proving a long held misconception about Texans.
Next, why did ABC prodecers use kids in the piece? Again easily answered. The number one reason they used children in the piece is to further the notion that gay people are born “gay.” The “actor” playing the boy, was 12 year old Anthony Ippolito.
Anthony Ippolito was handed a SCRIPT and told what to do and what to say to try to get a rise out of the people he was talking with on hidden camera. I guess in this instance it didn’t work, however I must admit that I have not seen the piece.
My next question would be, why did ABC have to hire actors to play the parts of the children? Their default answer would be that it was because they didn’t want to “stigmatize” any “actual children” that might actually be gay.
My answer would be that ABC hired actors because contrary to what the media try to spoon feed us all on a daily basis, there are not a bunch of gay 16 year olds running around auditioning for parts in television.
Why did I say 16 years old? Because I live in Los Angeles. My kids used to act. Its routine for producers to look for 16 to 18 year old poeple to play 12 to 14 year old parts.
This article goes on to state “Producers chose the iconic Amarillo restaurant after deciding to film down historic Route 66. The crew began filming May 8 in Springfield, Miss., then traveled to Weatherford, Okla., and wrapped shooting in Amarillo on Monday. Two segments were filmed in each town.”
This is just in case there are letters to the editors of ABC, local newspapers and other media outlets about what traspired at all the other locations they stopped at in between the Springfield and Amarillo locations but did not get the desired results.
They chose those two locations because its where they actually got people to say what the producers wanted to hear and edit to make Texans look like what ABC wants them to look like.
That’s the dirty little secret here. ABC gives John Quiñones a budget and sends him out on a mission. That mission is to make a show that gets people to believe that fantasy is reality. The people of Amarillo were victims here. They were indeed ambushed. JD
When placed in a tense or uncomfortable situation, people have a variety of reactions. Some become angry. Some step in to defend another person. Some simply walk away.
Patrons at The Big Texan Steak Ranch found out how they would react this week as guests on the ABC show, “What Would You Do?”
Producers chose the iconic Amarillo restaurant after deciding to film down historic Route 66. The crew began filming May 8 in Springfield, Miss., then traveled to Weatherford, Okla., and wrapped shooting in Amarillo on Monday. Two segments were filmed in each town.
Jovanna Billington, producer and creator of the piece, said the crew wanted to film quickly before anyone knew and chose small towns precisely for this reason.
“It was a small-town ambush,” she said.
Although the show is known for the controversial topics it sometimes features, the scenario on Monday was more of a light-hearted piece, said producer Robert Zepeda.
In the scenario, actors Nicolette Pierini, 9, and Anthony Ippolito, 12, both from New York, play a brother and sister selling sweet tea to patrons. Though the sign says $1 customers soon learn there is fine print and they are being charged for everything from Pierini taking their picture to cookies, napkins, straws and even drink umbrellas.
Billington said ideas for scenarios come from almost anything, from real-life experiences to topics pulled straight from the news. Zepeda said the other scenario used Saturday was chosen in part because of recent headlines regarding a vote scheduled for Thursday when the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America will decide if the organization should begin allowing openly gay scouts to participate in troops across the country.
In the scenario, a boy, played by Ippolito, decided to confide in fellow Boy Scouts that he thinks he’s gay. Once they left him alone and appearing defeated, many people stepped in and tried to lift the boy’s spirits, said host John Quiñones.
“It was a great day full of many, many different reactions,” said Quiñones.