Three friends conducted a social experiment to test whether London commuters would stand up to homophobic abuse if they saw it.
And they did.
Julius Dein, an Internet prankster and magician, pretended to be an anti-LGBT bigot as two friends posed as a gay couple in the experiment, which they recorded on video and posted online, reported the website Attitude.
As his friends kissed or held hands on the subway or out on the street, Dien would approach and hurl anti-gay remarks to see how passersby would respond.
Many spoke up for the couple, telling Dien to leave them alone or even challenging to fight him over his bigoted comments.
“I’m getting wound up now, and I’m going to knock you out,” says the man.
Another man passionately defended the couple’s rights.
“Love is love,” he said, getting up from a park bench to speak to Dein and his friends. “That’s love, that’s love, that’s love. There’s love all over this place.”
However, at least one man, who is shown on video, joins Dien in harassing his friends posing as a gay couple.
“If you’re going to do that, do it somewhere else,” says the man, who’s waiting for a subway train. “They got more rights than we have nowadays.”
Watch the entire video posted online by Julius Dein: