The one day I sit down to watch Jeopardy! in weeks, maybe even months – Alex Trebek makes a comment that annoys me so much that I have to tweet about it. After three women swept a sports category, answering all of the questions associated with football – Mr. Trebek says: “You ladies did well with that football category. Congratulations!”
Wow. How completely condescending, I thought. I even shared my outrage with my 8-year-old, explaining that he made it seem like women can’t be knowledgeable about the sport. She totally saw my point and declared: “What, Mrs. Vaughan (her third grade teacher) loves football.”
Once I posted my opinion on Twitter, I found others, and they are not all from women either. Men found it offensive too. Here are a few others:
Yeah, Alex Trebek congratulating three female contestants on sweeping a football category wasn’t awful or awkward or anything. #Jeopardy
— More Like Tim HEEL (@timtheredmenace) April 17, 2014
— DJ (@Chew92) April 17, 2014
Hey Alex Trebek, you can stop being so surprised when a woman answers sport questions.
— Anne-Marie Hart (@Anne_MarieHart) April 17, 2014
— Jess Rinehart (@JessRinehart16) April 17, 2014
— Jessica Greenstein (@LawofCooking) April 17, 2014
Alex Trebek making totally sexist comment. SUPRISE! Women know about football too.
— angie (@angiep213) April 17, 2014
As usual, Alex Trebek is shocked that the all female slate of Jeopardy! contestants had no problem answering football related questions.
— MHarvey (@mharvey816) April 17, 2014
Alex Trebek just complimented the all women panel of contestants for knowing about football. #hellosexist
— Tom Boyer (@stboyer) April 17, 2014
I wonder if he even gets it. I suppose he could have somehow thought it was a compliment, but that would be just as bad. I’m not so sure why it was such a shock to him that three women, very smart women – could master five questions about football.
Maybe he should go on Wheel of Fortune and buy a clue.