In today's episode of "Everything Is Stupid" we look to a recent episode of Jeopardy! that caused some backlash when a contestant, to signal his third win, held up three fingers in what was considered by a large group of morons to somehow be a white power symbol.
No, really, apparently someone was watching Jeopardy!, saw the man, Kelly Donohue, hold up three fingers, and then made such a stir on Twitter that they got 467(!!!) former contestants to sign an open letter condemning the man and the show. They accused the man of being a white supremacist and criticized the show for airing the RaCiSt symbol.
Here's an extraordinary excerpt from the balloonheaded letter:
During his on-camera introduction, Kelly made a gesture with his hand that he has since claimed was an indication that he had won three games. He had, on previous episodes, indicated with one finger and two fingers that he had won one and two games, and no reasonable person would have interpreted those gestures differently. However, this gesture was not a clear-cut symbol for the number three. He held his thumb and forefinger together with his other three fingers extended and palm facing inward, and he tapped his chest. This, whether intentional or not, resembled very closely a gesture that has been coopted by white power groups, alt right groups, and an anti-government group that calls itself the Three Percenters. In a public Facebook post that has since been deleted, Kelly states, "That's a 3. No more. No less." His public Facebook profile also featured a cover photo of Frank Sinatra making a similar gesture. This was either erased or made private on Wednesday morning, along with hundreds of public comments on his few "Jeopardy!"-related posts. Regardless of his stated intent, the gesture is a racist dog whistle. Some of the first people to notice this were not affiliated with "Jeopardy!" in any way — they were viewers who couldn't believe what they'd seen, captured it on video, and shared it to Twitter. Among them were people of color who, needless to say, are attuned to racist messaging and not appreciative that the show allowed this symbol to be broadcast.
This is so totally insane. A couple of people online are out looking for racism where none exists they watch Jeopardy! and they decide it would be a great day to ruin this man's life.
After his first win, Kelly held up 1 finger, then after his second win he held up 2 fingers, then when he got to his third win, obviously, he decided to reveal on national television his allegiance to white supremacist organization the three percenters and purposefully spit in the eye of minorities in this country. Or he just held up the number three to signify his third win. One of those things.
This is the type of insanity we are dealing with.
Ahh yes, the entire United States is a racist country because this guy held up three fingers on Jeopardy!
Donohue is now being made to apologize and proclaim publicly that he is, in fact, not a white supremacist. He posted on his Facebook page how outrageous it was to even make such a claim. And he's right. But he still has to do damage control.
The woke mob is insatiable, always looking for another victim, and they have no problem ruining someone's life over absolutely nothing. As long as it makes them feel virtuous.