Former present contestants are requesting an apology after a “Jeopardy!” winner allegedly flashed a gesture that has turn into related to sure hate teams.
A gaggle of former present contributors penned an open letter printed to Medium on Wednesday condemning incidents on the sport present.
“A recent contestant has caused concern among ‘Jeopardy!’ viewers for two separate occurrences, and we as former contestants feel the need to speak out against the messaging that these choices communicated — either intentionally or unintentionally — by the contestant Kelly Donohue and, implicitly by association, the producers of ‘Jeopardy!’” they wrote.
The “more widely felt” of the 2 missteps occurred on Tuesday when Donohue “held his thumb and forefinger together with his other three fingers extended and palm facing inward, and he tapped his chest.” Donohue has since emphasised that he was merely indicating that he’d received three video games, noting that he had gestured with one finger and two fingers to point his earlier wins.
Letter writers, nevertheless, declare that the particular method he selected to point the quantity three was extraordinarily much like the gesture “coopted by white power groups, alt-right groups, and an anti-government group that calls itself the Three Percenters” and thus ought to have been censored — and never made it to broadcast.
“A couple of years ago, a contestant unintentionally wagered a monetary amount that used numerical values coopted by white supremacist groups and, since the total didn’t affect the outcome of the game, ‘Jeopardy!’ digitally altered the numbers in the version that aired,” the letter gives of how the gameshow beforehand dealt with a considerably related state of affairs. “This should have been done in this case. Intentional or not, the burden was on the production team to catch the similarity to a hate symbol and make sure it didn’t end up on air.”
The second and lesser of the missteps the letter particulars occurred on Monday when “Kelly responded to a clue with a term for the Roma that is considered a slur.”
In mild of the 2 missteps, the previous contestants are asking for “a statement and a disavowal of both of this week’s events” and to see “Jeopardy!” deal with Donohue’s conduct.
“We know that contestants sign morals and ethics-related agreements when they prepare to appear on the show, and we would ask the production team to evaluate this situation within that framework,” the letter concluded. “Finally, we hope to see changes made so that future mistakes of this magnitude never make it on air.”
Representatives for “Jeopardy!” didn’t instantly return The Post’s request for remark.