SJWs now attacking ‘Jeopardy!’ interim host and master player Ken Jennings over old tweet
American pop culture lost an icon earlier this month when “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek succumbed to pancreatic cancer after a long and public battle. Trebek, a native Canadian, was as noncontroversial and as universally respected as they come. In fact, a YouGov poll once identified him as the nation’s most popular television personality.
Thanks to liberal cancel culture, the same cannot be said of his temporary replacement.
“Jeopardy!” producers announced on Monday that Ken Jennings, a game-show superstar who rose to prominence as the winningest player on “Jeopardy!,” would succeed Trebek for the time being.
Almost immediately Jennings was battered for – what else? – an old tweet.
In 2014, Jennings had tweeted, “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”
In 2018, after the tweet was brought up again, Jennings tweeted, “I never did a public flogging thing for this but I did apologize personally to angry/hurt people who reached out personally. it was a joke so inept that it meant something very different in my head & I regret the ableist plain reading of it!”
When someone asked on social media why he didn’t delete it, Jennings said he opposed that as “whitewashing.”
On Monday, the actress Yvette Nicole Brown was among the first to stir the controversy over Jennings’ selection, posting a one-word tweet of her own: “Nope.”
When followers asked why, Brown referred them to the original tweet without mentioning the follow-up four years later.
Others joined in.
“This former @MsWheelchairGAUSA 2015 is disgusted by @KenJennings. I continue to have a beautiful & fulfilled life and I traveled on my own to AUS where I met my Prince Charming. @Jeopardy should be ashamed of their decision!!” posted Tami Martin-Dietrich.
Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the left-wing Center for American Progress, added, “yeah..not sure if i’ll be able to watch Jeopardy after learning what an ableist trash-heap Ken Jennings is. That just sucks.”
yeah..not sure if i'll be able to watch Jeopardy after learning what an ableist trash-heap Ken Jennings is.
That just sucks.
— Rebecca Cokley (@RebeccaCokley) November 24, 2020
But Jennings had some defenders.
“Horse—-. I worked every day with @KenJennings for 2 years right until jeopardy happened. He is witty & funny and one of the nicest people I’ve met,” posted Twitter user Fredrik Svensson, whose handle sports Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign logo.
Horseshit. I worked every day with @KenJennings for 2 years right until jeopardy happened. He is witty & funny and one of the nicest people I’ve met.
— Fredrik Svensson (@sonofasven) November 24, 2020
Interestingly, when Jennings defenders popped up on Brown’s page, she got defensive of their reaction.
“I said what I said on MY page,” she tweeted at one. “Feel free to say what you want on yours. We good? We should be good.”
As of this writing, Jennings apparently reversed his stance on “whitewashing,” since the tweet has been deleted. He also remains slated as the interim host. For now.