In a now-viral video, Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller fame paints one of his nails with bright pink polish. The video was not just any ordinary manicure though – the nail was painted for a social experiment to see if people would treat him differently because he is gay. In the video, you will see how many different reactions are shown when people did not know that Penn’s “gay” finger is actually his right index finger. You’ll also get an insider view on why this social experiment took place in the first place!
For the first part of his social experiment, Penn Jillette wanted to see if people would react differently when he was in public and used an “out” voice. So far, so good – no one noticed anything different about him! He then tried out a more subtle way to act gay by wearing something that might make others think he is gay. Again, nobody seemed to notice much at all! In fact, it was not until he painted just one fingernail pink while still acting like himself that people started responding very positively towards him. This led Cornell Jillette to conclude that people are inherently biased against those who identify as LGBTQ+ even though they may never interact with them or know their identities personally.
What It Means:
This blog post is about a social experiment that Penn Jillette conducted so he could see if people would react differently to him when he was acting “out” and using an “out” voice. He also wanted to test the theory of whether or not people are inherently biased against those who identify as LGBTQ+ even though they may never interact with them personally. The story starts off by talking about how, in his own life, Penn identified himself heterosexual for most of his youth but later came out as bisexual after being with both men and women. It moves on to talk more about the experiment itself – what it entailed and why Cornell Jillette decided to conduct it. Towards the end, there are thoughts shared from readers such as “I’m not a Penn Jillette fan and I found myself rooting for him,” which, to me points out the success of this experiment.
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Title: “Why Does Penn Have a Painted Fingernail – The Story Behind the Social Experiment” by Llette Young (Penn Jillette) Description: Why does Penn have painted fingernails? What’s going on here? This blog post will explore this question and tell you about an experiment that I conducted to find out if people would notice my finger nails.